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Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 220
1 Christian Fittipaldi 220
2 Dane Cameron 216
2 Eric Curran 216
3 Jordan Taylor 211
3 Ricky Taylor 211
4 Marc Goossens 197
5 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 191
6 Jonathan Bomarito 183
6 Tristan Nunez 183
7 Tom Long 179
7 Joel Miller 179
8 Katherine Legge 171
8 Ryan Dalziel 171
9 John Pew 164
10 Sean Rayhall 120
11 Johannes Van Overbeek 95
11 Scott Sharp 95
11 Luis Felipe Derani 95
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 84
13 Max Angelelli 82
14 Olivier Pla 77
15 Spencer Pigot 72
15 Ed Brown 72
16 Ben Devlin 70
17 Andy Meyrick 67
18 Scott Pruett 62
19 Filipe Albuquerque 61
20 Rubens Barrichello 53

1 #5 Action Express Racing 220
2 #31 Action Express Racing 216
3 #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 211
4 #90 Visitflorida.Com Racing 197
5 #60 Michael Shank Racing 191
6 #55 Mazda Motorsports 183
7 #70 Mazda Motorsports 179
8 #0 Panoz Deltawing Racing 144
9 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 95
10 #50 Highway To Help 46
11 #81 Dragonspeed 29
12 #01 Ford Chip Ganassi 27
13 #02 Ford Chip Ganassi 25
14 #37 Smp Racing 23
15 #24 Porsche Centre Oakville 21

1 Chevrolet 236
2 Honda 227
3 Mazda 212
4 Bmw 56
5 Ford 30
Bourdais and Peugeot top opening LeMans Qualifying

24 Hour Classic
Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Polesitter Sebastien Bourdais leads the Oreca Peugeot entry
With rain expected Thursday, Team Peugeot Total’s strategy was to chase after a time right from the off.  And so they did.  Peugeot led the opening session of qualifying on Wednesday night at France's Circuit de la Sarthe for this weekend's 24 Hours of LeMans on the immense 8.47-mile circuit.

At the head of the grid, the three factory Peugeot 908 HDi FAP diesel prototypes were fastest led by Sebastien Bourdais’ lap of 3:19.711. He is driving with Pedro Lamy and Simon Pagenaud, who drives with Brabham in the Highcroft LMP entry in the American Le Mans Series. Bourdais was just 0.606 seconds clear of the second-place Peugeot of Alexander Wurz, Marc Gene and Anthony Davidson. The trio won the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida.

Polesitter Sebastien Bourdais (above) in the No. 3 has the trailing Audi sucking up his fumes
The quickest of the new Audi R15 Plus diesels was the car of Mike Rockenfeller and former Series LMP2 champions Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas. Their car was 3.867 seconds behind Bourdais.

Peugeot's four 908 HDi FAP LMP1 prototypes filled the first two rows on the provisional grid. Stephane Sarrazin, who is bidding for a fourth consecutive pole position at Le Mans, ended up third in the final factory Peugeot, while the semi-factory car run by the French ORECA team was fourth fastest in the hands of Nicolas Lapierre.

Bourdais' provisional pole time was more than two seconds faster than last year's pole time, despite a reduction in engine air-restrictor size and less turbo boost for this season. Much of the increase in speed can be attributed to the resurfacing of the Porsche Curves.

Sébastien Bourdais: “It is only provisional pole. However we are expecting difficult conditions tomorrow so it is good to have it in the bag. If it is dry tomorrow we will have to have another go. It is a good feeling to finish the session in the lead, especially ‘at home’ in Le Mans. The overall result shows that the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP is still competitive. Now we have to put it all together in the race.”

Timo Bernhard was best of the Audis in fifth place with a lap of 3m 23.578s. The latest version of the German manufacturer's R15, known as the R15 Plus, failed to prove a match for its French rival in the battle of the turbodiesel prototypes.

The fastest gasoline-powered LMP1 prototype was the Aston Martin Racing Lola coupe driven by Stefan Mucke. The German's best of 3m 26.680s was less than a tenth of a second quicker than teammate Darren Turner.

Risi Ferrari - GT2 pole winner

Risi Competizione’s quest for a third straight victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is off to a good - albeit early - start. Gianmaria Bruni set the provisional pole position time for GT2 with a lap of 3:59.361 in the Ferrari F430 GT that he will share with Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer.

Bruni’s time was 30th quickest overall in the 56-car field. Risi is on a remarkable run in the world’s greatest motor race having won GT2 in 2008 and 2009. Bruni was part of the 2008 squad with Melo and Mika Salo. Given the moderate chance of rain for Thursday’s two qualifying sessions, the times Wednesday may well set the grid for this weekend’s race.

Entries from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n were 1-2-3 in the class. Bruni’s Ferrari was a scant 0.864 seconds ahead of Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and the Corvette C6.R he will drive with Antonio Garcia and Johnny O’Connell. The gap must seem smaller than that considering the Le Mans circuit is an 8.4-mile lap.

The Corvette C6.Rs were first and third in the opening four-hour free practice session. After a two-hour break, the first of three qualifying sessions for Saturday's 24 Hours of Le Mans ran from 10 p.m. to midnight. Jan Magnussen qualified the No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R second on the provisional GT2 grid at 4:00.097, and Oliver Gavin was third at 4:01.012 in the No. 64 Corvette C6.R.

"I'm very happy with where we are," Magnussen said. "There's more qualifying tomorrow, and maybe we'll have another go at it. It's fun chasing a lap time, it's good for team morale, but it's not what we're really here to do. It should be said that we don't have a qualifying setup -- this is the car that we're going to race with. So far, so good, no major issues."

Gavin settled for third after his qualifying run was stymied by traffic and a red flag. "Every time we got even close to going quickly, it seemed there was a car in the way," he said. "On my best lap with the first set of tires it was looking like a good lap until a GT1 car that was just cruising through the Ford chicanes got in my way. We put on another set of tires, I had traffic every lap, and then the red flag flew. You can't just keep going around trying to set a good time -- you've got to focus on the program. It's frustrating, but we still have tomorrow and hopefully the weather will be OK. I think we'll get another shot tomorrow."

Highcroft Acura - 2nd in LMP2 qualifying
Highcroft Racing’s HPD ARX-01c sat second in LMP2 after a lap of 3:37.202 for the car of David Brabham, Marino Franchitti and Marco Werner. The entry, leading the American Le Mans Series’ LMP championship after two victories in three rounds, was only 1.034 seconds off the pace of Strakka Racing’s HPD prototype.

This is the first entry at Le Mans for the Highcroft team owned by Duncan Dayton.

After being 10th and 12th in practice, Rebellion Racing had a disappointing qualifying. The #12 Lola (Jani/Andretti/Prost) missed qualifying while the team examined the extent of some cracks in the front suspension mounts, while the sister car (#13 of Belicchi/Boullion/Smith) could only manage 20th best some 24 seconds per lap slower than the leading Peugeots.  At that pace why bother showing up at all.  And with rain expected Thursday, they will remain buried deep in the field.

The final qualifying sessions are set for 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. Eastern) on Thursday.


Pos Driver Cls Car Time Behind
1. Lamy/Bourdais/Pagenaud P1 Peugeot 908 3:19.711 +0.000
2. Wurz/Davidson/Gene P1 Peugeot 908 3:20.317 +0.606
3. Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian P1 Peugeot 908 3:20.325 +0.614
4. Panis/Lapierre/Duval P1 ORECA Peugeot 908 3:21.192 +1.481
5. Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller P1 Audi R15 3:23.578 +3.867
6. Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer P1 Audi R15 3:24.430 +4.719
7. Kristensen/McNish/Capello P1 Audi R15 3:24.688 +4.977
8. Mucke/Fernandez/Primat P1 Lola-Aston Martin 3:26.680 +6.969
9. Turner/Hancock/Barazi P1 Lola-Aston Martin 3:26.747 +7.036
10. Mailleux/Ragues/Ickx P1 Signature Aston 3:29.774 +10.063
11. Ayari/Andre/Meyrick P1 ORECA 01-AIM 3:30.056 +10.345
12. Bouchut/Tucker/Rodrigues P1 Kolles Audi R10 3:30.907 +11.196
13. Jarvis/Albers/Bakkerud P1 Kolles Audi R10 3:31.661 +11.950
14. Watts/Kane/Leventis P2 Strakka HPD ARX 01 3:36.168 +16.457
15. Pirro/Cocker/Drayson P1 Drayson Lola 3:36.634 +16.923
16. Mansell/Mansell/Mansell P1 Beechdean Ginetta 3:36.897 +17.186
17. Brabham/Franchitti/Werner P2 Highcroft HPD 3:37.202 +17.491
18. Hughes/Amaral/Pla P2 ASM Ginetta-Zytek 3:41.968 +22.257
19. Moreau/Charouz/Lahaye P2 Oak Pescarolo 3:42.399 +22.688
20. Belicchi/Boullion/Smith P1 Rebellion Lola 3:44.101 +24.390
21. Erdos/Newton/Wallace P2 RML Lola HPD 3:44.598 +24.887
22. Pirri/Cioci/Perrazzini P2 Racing Box Lola 3:51.065 +31.354
23. Hein/Nicolet/Yvon P2 Oak Pescarolo 3:52.730 +33.019
24. Noda/Pourtales/Kennard P2 KSM Lola-Judd 3:52.972 +33.261
25. Enge/Nygaard/Kox GT1 YD Aston 3:55.025 +35.314
26. Greaves/Ojjeh/Chalandon P2 Bruichladdich 3:55.680 +35.969
27. Salini/Salini/Gommendy P2 WR/Salini WR 3:55.818 +36.107
28. Grosjean/Mutsch/Hirschi GT1 Matech Ford GT 3:57.296 +37.585
29. Jousse/Gouselard/Massen GT1 Alphand Corvette 3:58.810 +39.099
30. Policand/Gregoire/Hart GT1 Alphand Corvette 3:58.906 +39.195
31. Bruni/Melo/Kaffer GT2 Risi Ferrari 3:59.233 +39.522
32. Rostan/Meichtry/Bruneau P2 Race Perf Radical 3:59.361 +39.650
33. O'Connell/Magnussen/Garcia GT2 Corvette 4:00.097 +40.386
34. Leinders/Palttala/de Doncker GT1 Marc VDS Ford GT 4:00.325 +40.614
35. Lewis/Burgess/Willman P1 Autocon Lola-AER 4:00.646 +40.935
36. Gavin/Beretta/Collard GT2 Corvette 4:01.012 +41.301
37. Pilet/Narac/Long GT2 IMSA Porsche 4:01.755 +42.044
38. Lieb/Lietz/Henzler GT2 Felbermayr Porsche 4:02.001 +42.290
39. Alesi/Fisichella/Vilander GT2 AF Corse Ferrari 4:02.492 +42.781
40. Salo/Russo/Companc GT2 AF Corse Ferrari 4:02.615 +42.904
41. Gardel/Berville/Canal GT1 Larbre Saleen 4:03.175 +43.464
42. Schell/da Rocha/Zollinger P2 Pegasus Norma 4:03.784 +44.073
43. Farnbacher/Simonsen/Keen GT2 Hankook Ferrari 4:03.886 +44.175
44. Krohn/Jonsson/van de Poele GT2 Risi Ferrari 4:03.959 +44.248
45. Farfus/J Muller/Alzen GT2 BMW M3 4:04.986 +45.275
46. Priaulx/D Muller/Werner GT2 BMW M3 4:05.851 +46.140
47. Westbrook/Scheider/Holzer GT2 BMS Porsche 4:06.278 +46.567
48. Bell/Sugden/Miller GT2 JMW Aston Martin 4:06.391 +46.680
49. Coronel/Dumbreck/Bleekemolen GT2 Spyker 4:06.997 +47.286
50. Bergmeister/Law/Neiman GT2 Fl Lizard Porsche 4:08.315 +48.604
51. Felbermayr/Felbermayr/Konopka GT2 Felbermayr Porsche 4:10.054 +50.343
52. Allemann/Gachnang/Frey GT1 Matech Ford GT 4:11.566 +51.855
53. Yogo/Iiri/Yamanishi GT1 JLOC Lamborghini 4:13.368 +53.657
54. Goossens/Dalziel/Gentilozzi GT2 Jaguar XKR 4:13.537 +53.826
55. v.Splunteren/Hommerson/Machiel GT2 Prospeed Porsche 4:14.578 +54.867
56. Jani/Andretti/Prost P1 Rebellion Lola no time N/A

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