Peugeot on front row for Spa 1000km

Peugeot on front row for Spa 1000km

The top two grid slots for tomorrows Le Mans Series 1000km at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps were collected by both of the LMP1 Team Peugeot Total 908 Hdi-FAP cars. In an eventful 20 minute qualifying session where the red flag was brought out...

The top two grid slots for tomorrows Le Mans Series 1000km at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps were collected by both of the LMP1 Team Peugeot Total 908 Hdi-FAP cars. In an eventful 20 minute qualifying session where the red flag was brought out twice caused by cars spinning, the No. 7 car will start on pole with driver lineup of Nicolas Minassian, Simon Pagenauld and Christian Klien.

#7 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP: Nicolas Minassian, Christian Klien, Simon Pagenaud.
Photo by DPPI.

The pole position being earned thanks to a lap time of 2:01.056 produced by Pagenauld. Second slot will go the sister 908 Hdi-FAP, the No. 9 car of Marc Gene, Alexander Wurz and David Brabham car posted a time of 2:01.082 with Wurz at the wheel. Brabham a two times GT1 class winner at the Le Mans 24 hours is having his first race for the Peugeot team this weekend in preparation for his assault on the La Sarthe circuit in June with an aim to add an outright win to his tally.

With dry track conditions the Peugeots never really looked threatened by their rivals scoring both eventual best lap times early in the session. The two diesel 908's having produced similar times maintained a gap of nearly one and a half seconds back to the nearest challenger.

The Aston Martin Racing of Harold Primat, Migel Ramos taking the third position grid slot and Darren Turner with Turner posting the best time of 2:02.488 in the team's Lola Aston Martin.

The fourth grid position was taken by Stephanne Ortelli and Bruno Senna for Team Oreca Matmut AIM with the young Brazilian, Senna producing the best time of 2:02.570.

The first of the Pescarolo Sport prototypes posted the fifth fastest time of 2:02.674, the time set by Jean Christophe Boullion in the Pescarolo Judd. The top six being rounded off by The Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola Aston Martin with Marcel Fassler on board.

The Fastest of the LMP2 cars was Casper Elgaard, Emmanuel Collard, and Kristian Poulsen in the Team Essex Porsche RS Spider which set a time of 2:07.918 with Elgaard setting the time, which puts the Porsche in 12th position overall for the start of tomorrow's race.

The LMP2 Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola Judd was about half a second slower but ended up just behind in 13th spot while the LMP2 Racing Box Lola Judd gained the time of 2:08.600 putting it 3rd fastest in class and 14th on the grid, lining up just behind the Speedy racing car.

In LMGT1 the Jetalliance team put their Aston Martin DBR9 at the front of the LMGT1 field with a time of 2:17.344. The IPB Spartak Racing Lamborghini produced the second fastest class time of 2:18.242 with the Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R the 3rd fastest of the LMGT1 field.

In LMGT2 The Felbermayr Proton team put their Porsche 997 GT3 RSR in 30th place on the grid with a time of 2:21.870, the fastest time of the LMGT2 class cars. The Imsa Matmut Porsche 997 GT3 RSR will line up 31st and the Team Modena Ferrari F430 GT lines up 32nd.

The 1000km race will start at 12:50 local time tomorrow (10th May 2009).

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