Hartley, Murphy Prototypes qualify fourth in P2 at Road Atlanta

Brendon Hartley produced the goods for Murphy Prototypes today in the #118 Oreca-Nissan at the team’s first Petit Le Mans qualifying session. After setting provisional pole with his 1:12.382 lap time, he ultimately took the chequered flag in P4 in the LMP2 category after an incredibly tight fought finish. Only three tenths of a second separate the top LMP2 four cars on the provisional Qualifying classification time sheet.

#118 Murphy Prototypes Oreca Nissan: Brendon Hartley, Warren Hughes, Jody Firth
#118 Murphy Prototypes Oreca Nissan: Brendon Hartley, Warren Hughes, Jody Firth

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Brendon Hartley “I am really pleased with Qualifying; it couldn’t have gone much better. We had provisional pole after the fourth lap and so decided to box the car. By not staying out we start with tyres six laps fresher than our rivals tomorrow, so hopefully that plays out in our favour. The whole team is extremely happy as we had experienced a few issues during testing this week, but to now be only three tenths off with some laps in the bag, we certainly fancy our chances in the long race.”

Greg Murphy, Murphy Prototypes Founder “Qualifying capped what has been a great week so far for the team. The ALMS organisers and American fans have welcomed us with open arms and we are thoroughly enjoying our Petit Le Mans experience at this fantastic track. We are happy with our position and probably could have gone for pole, but as is consistent with our strategy all season, we have our eye firmly on the race tomorrow.”

Source: Murphy Prototypes

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Series ALMS
Drivers Warren Hughes , Greg Murphy , Eric Gilbert , Brendon Hartley , Jody Firth
Teams Murphy Prototypes
Article type Qualifying report
Tags alms, hartley, lms, murphy, nissan, oreca, petit le mans, road atlanta