Danner takes Silverstone pole

Christian Danner qualified in pole position for Sunday's Grand Prix Masters of Great Britain 2006 race at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. The German narrowly finished ahead of Stefan Johansson, Derek Warwick and Riccardo Patrese, who were all ...

Christian Danner qualified in pole position for Sunday's Grand Prix Masters of Great Britain 2006 race at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. The German narrowly finished ahead of Stefan Johansson, Derek Warwick and Riccardo Patrese, who were all covered by under two tenths of a second.

"I was lucky to finish the session ahead of Stefan and Derek as it was very close," said Danner. "The car is easy to set up and I was able to dial it into my driving style and I had no problems from the car or engine".

Johansson, in second, said that he lost time in the morning due to a problem with engine mapping but that the qualifying session had gone "pretty well". Things did not go as smoothly for Warwick, in third. "On my quickest lap I mistakenly went from fourth to sixth gear as I exited Becketts and the car bogged right down. I went back for new tyres but on my last run pushed a bit too hard."

Nigel Mansell suffered technical problems and set the slowest time with only one flying lap. His car developed a water leak shortly before the start of the session but, despite a lot of work by the mechanics to allow him to join the session halfway through, he suffered another water leak on his flying lap and spun off the circuit at Vale.

Jam Lammers had a small collision with Andrea de Cesaris at the Luffield Complex. "I thought I was on a pole lap", said Lammers. "I was on the outside, and I think I was already by, and he moved over. He apologised and said he was looking in his mirror."

Eric van de Poele and Pierluigi Martini did not take part in the session due to issues with engines throughout the weekend. "Full credit to GP Masters for getting all the cars onto the grid for tomorrow," said Derek Warwick. "There have been 32 engine changes over the course of the past couple of days, and they'll have changed 40 by tomorrow. Full compliments to them."

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Christian Danner , Stefan Johansson , Nigel Mansell , Eric van de Poele , Riccardo Patrese , Andrea de Cesaris , Derek Warwick