Le Mans: Qualifying race two report

Gommendy on pole Tristan Gommendy has clearly found the right partner in choosing Pons Racing! The Frenchman will start on pole position in Sunday's long race, alongside Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA) on the front row. Group B The...

Gommendy on pole

Tristan Gommendy has clearly found the right partner in choosing Pons Racing! The Frenchman will start on pole position in Sunday's long race, alongside Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA) on the front row.

Group B

The track was already wet when the first group took to the circuit. Tristan Gommendy (Pons Racing) demonstrated just how wet by spinning in the first few minutes of the session. Alvaro Barba (Jenzer Motorsport) was quick to follow in his footsteps.

Half-way through the session, the fight for the top time involved Borja Garcia (RC Motorsport) and Tristan Gommendy. The two men regularly changed places at the top of the timing screens. Celso Miguez (Comtec Racing), Alvaro Parente (Victory Engineering) and Eric Salignon (Interwetten.com) were behind these two, but at quite a distance.

Salignon had to come in to the pits after his rear light stopped working.

With three minutes to go, Gommendy snatched the best time, 72/1000ths ahead of Garcia. The Sartrouville driver kept up his momentum to improve his time to 1'42''463, putting almost a second between himself and the Spaniard!

Garcia then improved his best time in the dying seconds, but could not beat the time set by Gommendy, who even had the luxury of improving his time again to 1'41''950, as the chequered flag brought to the session a close! More than two seconds back of the Pons Racing driver, Alvaro Parente, Celso Miguez, Alvaro Barba and Eric Salignon were the other drivers positioned at the front of the start grid.

Group A

With five minutes gone, Hayanari Shimoda (Victory Engineering) crashed off the track and the session came under "full yellow", meaning that all lap times were neutralized.

The green flags were shown again at the session's half-way stage. Alx Danielsson (Comtec Racing) held the best time at this stage, but he was still three seconds adrift of Gommendy. The Draco Multiracing USA drivers, Pastor Maldonado and Milos Pavlovic, were not far behind, along with Andy Soucek (Interwetten.com) and Christian Montanari (Prema Powerteam).

Davide Valsecchi (Espilon-Euskadi) went off, and Shimoda then followed him, in the descent leading into Chapelle. The red flag was brought out with five minutes left to go.

When the session resumed, Pastor Maldonado snatched the best time away from Danielsson. The Swedish driver tried to respond, but Robbie Kerr (KTR) then went off, resulting in the session being red-flagged again. This spelt the end of the session. There were fine performances from Miguel Molina (GD Racing) and Gavin Cronje (Carlin Motorsport), who finished either side of Andy Soucek in third and fifth.

Tristan Gommendy: "I am more pleased with the fact we have been able to improve the car than the result in itself. We spent two hours in briefing yesterday to find solutions and this morning 90% of the problems were resolved. I looked for a clear run and I was able to produce a good time."

Pastor Maldonado: "It was a good session. We had a quick car and a very good setup for the rain. The car is competitive and safe to drive."

-credit: renault

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Robbie Kerr , Hayanari Shimoda , Eric Salignon , Christian Montanari , Tristan Gommendy , Alvaro Parente , Pastor Maldonado , Celso Miguez , Milos Pavlovic , Davide Valsecchi , Andy Soucek , Gavin Cronje , Miguel Molina
Teams Carlin , Jenzer Motorsport