Former GP2 star Oliver Turvey got his sportscar career off to a flying start by claiming pole position on his home track at Silverstone in the nr38 Jota Sport Zytek Nissan with a time of 1:48.032, eight tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival Brendon Hartley in the nr18 Murphy Prototypes Oreca-Nissan.
At the first part of the 20-minute session the nr1 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca-Nissan of Jonathan Hirschi and the Nissan powered nr36 Signatech Alpine of Nelson Panciatici set the early pace but finished the session in 6th and 3rd places repectively.
In LMPC the first pole position of the year was claimed by the nr49 Team Endurance Challenge FLM Oreca of Paul Loup Chatin with a lap time of 1:54.102 just ahead of SoheilAyari in the nr48 sister car.
The 3 Hours of Silverstone will get underway at 15:00 later this afternoon when the 23 cars of the European Le Mans Series will compete for the first winners trophies of the 2013 season.
LMGTE & GTC : Ferrari and Audi claim first class pole positions of the 2013 ELMS season
The LMGTE and GTC teams led the way for the first qualifying session of the new-look European Le Mans Series, and Ram Racing's Johnny Mowlem and MOMO Megatron DF1's KubaGiermaziak can claim the honours for being the first drivers to claim class pole positions.
On a damp track but using slick Michelin tyres, the British driver in the white No.52 Ferrari 458 Italia set his fastest time of 2:03.358 on his fourth flying lap and it was good enough to beat the No.77 Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of local driver Nick Tandy into second place by three tenths of a second. By a tiny margin of just three one hundredths of a second, Tandy's Porsche claimed his front row place ahead of the No.75 Prospeed Competition Porsche of Emmanuel Collard and Francois Perrodo (2.02.685), both of whom took part in qualifying. Behind these two Porsches was the No.55 AF Corse car of former FIA GT3 champion Federico Leo who set a best lap of 2:02.731 to place his Ferrari on the second row of the class grid.
In GTC, the three class entries were grouped together from 6th to 8th on the GTE grid, with the No.65 MOMO Megatron DF1 Audi R8 LMS taking class pole. Polish driver KubaGiermaziak set a fastest time of 2:03.484 ahead of the No.79 EcurieEcosse BMW Z4 of Andrew Smith and the No.62 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Lorenzo Casé.
There is now just three hours until the season's racing starts in earnest, with the green flag for the 3 Hours of Silverstone due to drop at 3:00 pm this afternoon.
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