Lola Aston Martin has the front row of the grid this afternoon for the 1000km of Nurburgring in sunny dry conditions at the famous German track. The No. 007 Aston Martin Racing car will start on pole with drivers Jan Charouz, Tomas Enge and Stefan Mucke after Mucke produced a lap time of 1:41:944 around the 5.137 Km track.
Mucke commented, "Pole position is very good, one point, I'm very happy." He continued, "We just try to do our best and get a clear race. we have been struggling all weekend with the tyres - it takes three laps to up them up to temperature."
The sister LMP1 Aston No. 009 car of Harold Primat and Darren Turner will start alongside after claiming the second-fastest time of 1:42060 set by Turner. To round off the dominance for the British Marque the third fastest time was set by yet another Asron Martin Racing -- Aston Martin Lola. The Speedy Racing Team Sebah car driven by Andrea Belicchi, Marcel Fassler and Nicolas Prost registered a time of 1:42.570.
The 4th grid position was taken by the Strakka Racing Ginetta Zytek with a time of 1:42.966. For the second race in a row Henri Pescarolo has only entered one car, the Pescarolo Sport - Pescarolo Judd of Jean-Christophe-Bullion, Emmanuelle Collard and Christophe Tinseau came across the line in a fastest time of 1:43.196. The Pescarolo came through amazingly well at the last round in Portugal to win the race so this time with the additional support of Collard the French team certainly will be one to watch again.
The Kolles team continue to struggle with the once-dominant Audi R10 TDIs. The No. 14 car was the better of the two and managed a time of 1:44.010, good enough for just 7th on the grid, while the No. 15 car will start one place further back with a time of 1:45.446. Following a disastrous outing in the last race in Portugal at least the only two diesel cars entered have not managed to collide with each other so far despite circulating in formation for much of the qualifying session.
The third Gulf-liveried Lola Aston Martin entrant, the No. 008 AMR Eastern Europe Lola Aston Martin, could only manage a time of 1:45.950, putting it back amongst the LMP2 competitors.
In LMP2 the fastest of the runners was the Quifel ASM Team Ginetta Zytek with Miguel Amaral and Olivier Pla at the wheel. The car will start 9th overall on the grid after recording a time of 1:45.578.
The 2nd fastest time in class was posted by the G.A.C Racing Team Zytek, the time of 1:46.708 was good enough for 11th on the grid.
The Larbre Competition Saleen S7R secured first in LM GT1 and 24th overall on the grid with a time of 1:55.158. Sebastian Dumez commented "It was a good qualifying for us," adding "It's a good track for the Saleen, tomorrow we will have to see in the race."
In LMGT2 the Hankook Team Farnbacher Ferarri F430GT of Allan Simonsen and Pierre Kaffer posted the fastest time in class of 1:57.982 which puts them in 26th place overall on the start grid.
The 1000km of Nurburgring is scheduled to start at 12.30pm local time tomorrow (23rd August 2009).