Trois-Rivieres: Champion Racing qualifying report

Team ADT Champion Racing looking good with front row start. The Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto starts today's 3-Hour race from the front row of the 32-car grid. Herbert set a time of 58.396secs, an average speed...

Team ADT Champion Racing looking good with front row start.

The Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto starts today's 3-Hour race from the front row of the 32-car grid. Herbert set a time of 58.396secs, an average speed of 93.767mph, around the tight and twisting 1.521-mile, 11-turn Trois Rivières street circuit in Quebec, Canada.

Herbert, who was driving the ADT Champion Audi R8 in qualifying for the first time this season, finished 0.656-secs slower than the similar Joest Audi of pole-sitter Marco Werner. The Florida-based team is bidding to record a fourth consecutive top-three ALMS result.

Both Herbert and Lehto are former World Championship Formula One pilots. The Monaco-based pair can boast over 220 F1 Grands Prix between them - including 16 in Canada. Johnny's best result in the Canadian GP was a fifth place (1997 & '99) while JJ scored a sixth in 1994.

Herbert and Stefan Johansson finished third at Trois Rivières last year after Johnny had qualified on the front row.

Johnny Herbert

"I thought that I could get pole but ultimately we just weren't quite fast enough. I raced at Trois Rivieres last year and finished third. The street circuit is good, not hugely demanding or particularly narrow but enjoyable. I've never won a 'street' race -- third is my best placing in the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix -- although I've raced at a number including Miami [ALMS], Phoenix [F1] and Macau [F3]."

JJ Lehto

"I believe we have a very good race set-up and to be on the front row was the important factor. I missed last year's race so the circuit was new to me when I arrived but I didn't find it difficult to learn. An Audi R8 filled the top-three positions in last year's race here so the car is a known factor and has proved to be well suited to this circuit again. It's absolutely vital we score big points in the race."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Stefan Johansson , Marco Werner , JJ Lehto