Silverstone: Series qualifying report

Oreca: front row for the last round! Team Oreca-Matmut AIM made a strong come back and posted the best time. The French team had decided not to enter the race at Nurburgring and so lost all chances for the title, but would like to end the season...

Oreca: front row for the last round!

Team Oreca-Matmut AIM made a strong come back and posted the best time. The French team had decided not to enter the race at Nurburgring and so lost all chances for the title, but would like to end the season on a high note as a reward for the hard team work, as Nicolas Lapierre explained: "The practice sessions went well and the balance was getting better and better. Our package works well here and we want to finish the race tomorrow. It would be good for us to take the victory because we have been trying to win since the beginning of the season, but traffic and reliability will be key factors tomorrow."

With three Lolas-Aston Martin, the British team takes no chances in its quest of the Holy Grail! The team has topped the time-sheets for the last free practice session and chalked up second and third best times, demonstrating that it doesn't lead the Series by chance. The crew of the #007 car has a seven-point lead on the Pescarolo boys, who will start from the back of the pack tomorrow after Jean-Christophe Boullion went off. Thanks to its 1-2-3 at Nurburgring, the Britons not only scored the maximum points, but also had a psychological advantage over its closest opponent. Indeed, the French team can rely on a single car to try to thwart the Britons' plans and the German race demonstrated that this is a high-risk strategy.

Greg Mansell posted an impressive and unexpected fifth time for his first time in the Le Mans Series, which shows how well Team LNT worked on the race set-up.

We are now used to Quifel-ASM Team and Olivier Pla ruling the LMP2 class. The Portuguese team was short of one point to clinch the title, so it was very important to set the pole to score that missing point. Whatever happens tomorrow, the squad is now sure to be the winner of the season. Despite a good position on the grid, Speedy Racing Team Sebah cannot catch up its rival anymore, but expects that luck will be on its side for once tomorrow. Although Team RML set the third time, it won't start from third position on the grid because of an engine failure at Nurburgring.

Second pole in a row for Larbre Competition and one point from the title for Team Felbermayr-Proton

Team Larbre Competition is currently third and has to take the checkered flag tomorrow to clinch second place of the Series. The French team claimed the pole in front of Team Gigawave Motorsport, but even if the British team wins tomorrow, it won't change anything for the final standing. If Team Luc Alphand Aventures will start third tomorrow, it already clinched the title in the GT1 class, but will have at heart to shine although it is dogged by bad luck.

Team Felbermayr-Proton took another step forward the title today as it scored one point today. Indeed Richard Lietz posted the best lap, but the team is now up against the wall in its chase for the title. The German team has to finish the race tomorrow and to score one more point to be the 2009 winner. The task will be harder for JMW Motorsports, second on the grid, because it needs a victory and a poor result from the leader. IMSA Performance Matmut will start third tomorrow and expects to get rid of the bad luck that stroke the team throughout the season and prevented it from many good results. The race should be very exciting tomorrow as seven cars are gathered in less than one second.

The warm-up is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.

-credit: lms

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Jean-Christophe Boullion , Olivier Pla , Nicolas Lapierre , Greg Mansell , Richard Lietz
Teams Larbre Competition , Team Felbermayr , JMW Motorsport , Team LNT