Panoz Motor Sports Petit Le Mans qualifying

In weather conditions that were changing until the last minute, and in far greater traffic than in other rounds of the Series, a exciting 30 minute qualifying session took place this afternoon. It ended with the red Panoz ^ÑSpirit of America^Ò...

In weather conditions that were changing until the last minute, and in far greater traffic than in other rounds of the Series, a exciting 30 minute qualifying session took place this afternoon. It ended with the red Panoz ^ÑSpirit of America^Ò cars securing places on the second and third rows of the grid for tomorrow^Òs 1,000 mile Petit Le Mans.

Australian David Brabham, whose turn it was to qualify the #50 Panoz LMP-1 Roadster, put in a tremendous effort and clinched third place with a best time of 1m 11.061 ^Ö just five hundredths of a second behind the #2 Audi.

Klaus Graf of Germany qualified the Panoz #51 in 6th position on the grid with a time of 1m 12.372. The car had been re-built by the mechanics during the day after a big accident in this morning^Òs practice session. A split brake line caused by carbon fiber debris picked up on the track left Klaus with no brakes at the fast Turn 4 and inevitable consequences. He was fortunate to be unhurt and his mechanics worked flat out to ensure that the car rose again Phoenix-like in time for this afternoon^Òs qualifying.

David Brabham said: ^ÓI couldn^Òt get as clear a run as I would have liked but the car felt great. On what would have been my best lap I lifted off to overtake a slower car but the guy then got out of the way so I could have kept my foot in after all. Third is still a good place to start from and, as we all know, anything can and will happen in a long race like this.^Ô

Klaus Graf: ^ÓI had a problem with the gearbox ^Ö it wasn^Òt shifting properly and some handling issues, but 6th is a lot better than starting from the back. The guys did a great job getting the car out for the session and we can get the car problems sorted out in the warm up tomorrow. We will be all ready for the race.^Ô

While the session was held in the dry, it had rained on and off during the afternoon. More, heavier rain is forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning which could make the start of the race at 12 noon even more exciting than anticipated.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Klaus Graf