ALMS series final qualifying report

RISI HOLDS ON FOR GT2 POLE AT LE MANS Bruni's time Wednesday stands despite furious Corvette charge Risi Competizione held onto pole position in GT2 on for the 78th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Gianmaria Bruni's time of 3:59.361 ...

RISI HOLDS ON FOR GT2 POLE AT LE MANS

Bruni's time Wednesday stands despite furious Corvette charge

Risi Competizione held onto pole position in GT2 on for the 78th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Gianmaria Bruni's time of 3:59.361 from Wednesday holding up during Thursday's two qualifying sessions. The Ferrari F430 GT of Bruni, Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer is on pole position at Le Mans for the first time.

Risi enters as two-time defending champion in the class and led a sweep of the top three GT2 positions for entries from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Bruni led a stunningly close qualifying session with the top four cars within 0.604 seconds.

Corvette Racing's Oliver Gavin was second in class at 3:59.435 in the first of the two factory Corvette C6.Rs. The four-time Le Mans GT1 winner is driving with Olivier Beretta and Emmanuel Collard. Jan Magnussen in the second Corvette was another 0.358 seconds back; he'll drive with Johnny O'Connell and Antonio Garcia - the trio winning in GT1 a year ago.

In other classes, David Brabham qualified Highcroft Racing's HPD ARX-01c second in LMP2. Highcroft's star posted a lap of 3:34.537 to better his time from Wednesday's session by bested his time from Wednesday by almost three seconds. Brabham - who is driving with Marino Franchitti and Marco Werner - held provisional pole position after the first of Thursday's session. Strakka Racing's Danny Watts, also driving an HPD ARX-01c, set the pole time in the second session at 3:33.079.

Peugeot kept its hold on the top four positions at the head of the grid. Sebastien Bourdais' lap of 3:19.711 from Wednesday's held up. 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.

The quickest of the new Audi R15 Plus diesels was the car of Timo Bernhard, Mike Rockenfeller and Romain Dumas and Romain Dumas at 3:21.981, set Thursday. Their car was still 2.270 seconds behind Bourdais' Peugeot.

-source: alms

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Series ALMS , Le Mans
Drivers Anthony Davidson , Gianmaria Bruni , Antonio Garcia , David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Emmanuel Collard , Pedro Lamy , Oliver Gavin , Sébastien Bourdais , Jaime Melo , Timo Bernhard , Marino Franchitti , Romain Dumas , Olivier Beretta , Mike Rockenfeller , Pierre Kaffer , Simon Pagenaud , Danny Watts
Teams Corvette Racing , Strakka Racing , Risi Competizione