JWA-Porsche on pole for 12H of Hungary
HUNGARORING (October 8th, 2010) The James Watt Automotive-Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will be starting from pole position for tomorrow's third running of the 12H of Hungary, the 12-hour race for GT and touring cars and 24h-specials at the Hungaroring, organised by Dutch agency, CREVENTIC. In the 90 minutes' qualifying session on Friday afternoon to determine the starting grid positions for tomorrow's race, Hong Kong-based driver Darryl O'Young posted a fastest lap time of 1:50.353 minutes, which was enough to put the white Porsche with the red and blue stripes on pole position. O'Young shares driving duties with endurance stalwart Rob Bell and team owner Paul Daniels. The Austrian Lechner Racing team claimed second place on the grid for the team's competition debut with the Audi R8 LMS. Swedish team Westcoast Racing ended up third with its BMW Z4 GT3, while last year's pole- sitters, Bovi Motorsport, were the fastest representants from Hungary with their Brokernet Silversting.
Lechner Racing were the early pace setters in qualifying, claiming first position with a lap time of 1:51.349 minutes with their Audi R8 LMS after some ten minutes, followed by the Hugarian Bovi Motorsport team with their Brokernet Silversting and Swedish team, Westcoast Racing, with the BMW Z4 GT3. After half an hour, Westend Racing put its Porsche 911 GT3 in third place. About halfway through the session, qualifying was red-flagged following a crash of Team Sally Racing's Renault Clio. After about ten minutes, qualifying resumed and soon after that, Darryl O'Young went out to set the fastest time of the session with the JWA-Porsche. The team were the only entrants to post a lap time under 1.51 minutes, which means that they will have to carry an extra handicap weight of 20 kg for the race. "The team got me out with new tyres at the right moment and everything worked out fine", said Darryl O'Young after qualifying.
Having posted their own fastest time early in the session, the Lechner Racing Team called it a day in qualifying pretty soon and remained in the pits. "There was no point in pushing any further. Faster lap times would also have meant extra handicap weight", said Walter Lechner jr., who, together with his team-mates Niki Meyer-Melnhof, Philip Konig and Thomas Gruber will not have to carry any extra weight. Cars from the A6 category locked out the top seven positions in qualifying. Fastest SP2-entry was the Red Camel Racing-Audi CR-8 in eighth place. The Intersport Racing-BMW M3 was fastest in A3T, tenth overall. The best-placed diesel car was the BMW 120D entered by the BMW Team Hungary in 13th place overall, while the unfortunate Team Sally Racing still led its class A2 in 18th place overall.
In free practice, the Swedish West Coast Racing team posted the fastest lap time of 1:51.193 minutes with the BMW Z4 GT3, followed by Lechner Racing's Audi R8 LMS in second place (1:51.321 minutes) and the JWA Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in third (1:53.306 minutes). The session, scheduled for 105 minutes, had to be interrupted for some 20 minutes after the Lotus Exige 260 Cup of the Hungarian Alerant Endurance Team had spilled oil on the track and had got stuck due to gearbox failure. Once the car had been recovered, action resumed.
Warm-up starts tomorrow at 8.00, the race starts at 10.00 am.
-source: 12h hungary