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LMP2: Cool Racing Takes Pole Position for 4 Hours of Le Castellet
Cool Racing’s Jose Maria Lopez claimed pole position for the 4 Hours of Le Castellet after setting a 1m44.253 lap time during the 15-minute qualifying session. The session was halted for five minutes after the no22 United Autosports USA Oreca stopped on track.
Despite this, Lopez managed to beat his French rival, Paul Loup Chatin, by 0.266s to take pole position for Sunday’s race. Panis Racing will head the second row, with Olli Caldwell posting a 1m44.742 to secure a second row start for the no43 Inter Europol Competition Oreca, ahead of Alex Lynn and Rene Binder, who finished the session in 5th and 6th respectively.
LMP2 PRO AM: Racing Team Turkey Dominate Qualifying
Racing Team Turkey’s Salih Yoluç secured pole position for the LMP2 PRO AM class with a lap time of 1m46.178, 0.830s ahead of the rest of the field. Yoluç led the session from the start and pushed hard, reducing the pole time from 1m47.131 down to 1m46.178 at the halfway point of the session.
Giorgio Roda in the no99 Proton Competition Oreca finished second with a lap time of 1m47.008, while Tom Van Rompuy will start on the second row in the no3 DKR Engineering Oreca, 0.109s ahead of François Perrodo in the no83 AF Corse Oreca.
LMP3: WTM by Rinaldi Racing Take Pole at Le Castellet
Oscar Tunjo in the no12 WTM by Rinaldi Racing Duqueine-Nissan took pole position for the LMP3 class with a lap time of 1m51.267, just 0.059s ahead of Glenn Van Berlo in the no10 Eurointernational Ligier. Ryan Harper-Ellam in the no7 Nielsen Racing Ligier was the first challenger for the top spot, appearing several times at the top of the timing screens during the session.
However, Tunjo managed to take the chequered flag 0.059s ahead of Van Berlo and 0.082s ahead of the third-placed Harper-Ellam. Kai Askey jumped up the order to fourth in his final lap in the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier to start tomorrow’s race on the second row.
LMGTE: Christian Ried Secures Pole for Proton Competition
Christian Ried, the team boss of Proton Competition, secured pole position for the LMGTE class with a lap time of 1m56.260 halfway through the 15-minute session. Duncan Cameron finished the session second fastest in the no55 Spirit of Race Ferrari, 0.147s behind Ried with a 1m56.407. Michael Fassbender qualified the no93 Proton Competition Porsche in third place, posting a 1m56.482, just 0.075s behind Cameron.
The no50 Formula Racing Ferrari of former champion Johnny Laursen will join the no93 Porsche on the second row. Arnold Robin qualified the no72 TF Sport Aston Martin in 5th place ahead of the championship-leading no16 Proton Competition Porsche of Ryan Hardwick.