Audis dominate Miami qualifying

MIAMI (October 4, 2002) - The Audis continued their domination of the American Le Mans Series at Miami today, taking the top three qualifying positions for Saturday's 2-hour and 45 minute race. The factory team of Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro...

MIAMI (October 4, 2002) - The Audis continued their domination of the American Le Mans Series at Miami today, taking the top three qualifying positions for Saturday's 2-hour and 45 minute race. The factory team of Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro will start from the pole after recording a lap at 1:03.873 in the No. 1 factory car.

With three Audis entered, two from Audi Sport North America and a private entry from Champion Racing, the trio easily dominated, swapping the top three spots positions in each session. An early morning practice session saw the No. 2 factory Audi of Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen atop the speed charts, followed by the No. 1 car and the Champion entry.

In the afternoon session, the Champion Racing team of Stephan Johansson and Johnny Herbert topped the charts with the No. 2 and No 1, second and third respectively.

In qualifying late this afternoon, the No. 2 factory car recorded a lap at 1:03.882, earning the outside front row starting position. The Champion Racing team will start third after recording a lap 0.75 seconds behind the second factory car.

"In qualifying with fewer cars it was good fun in the end, good result for our car," said Biela, after earning his seventh career pole, his fifth this season.

When asked about the tight circuit, Biela replied, "It's pretty fast for a street circuit. But you never hit sixth gear."

Cadillac marked its return to the ALMS series with a fifth place starting position.

The Panoz team qualified sixth and seventh, five one-hundredths of a second apart. The fastest Panoz, driven by Bryan Herta and Bill Auberlin, was nearly four seconds a lap slower than the polesitting Audi.

In the P675 class, Claudia Huertgen won her first pole of the season behind the wheel of a MG-powered Lola. It was her third career pole.

Terry Borcheller earned the pole in GTS class with a lap at 1:10.065 in the No. 26 Saleen S7R. "I've never ice raced before but this must be what it's like," said Borcheller, who was 12th overall.

The GT class pole went to Lucas Lohr and Sascha Maassen in the No. 23 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Luhr stopped the clocks at 1:13.662 for an average speed of 67.785 mph. "This course is too slow, but I like it," said Luhr, "it's tight like a (street) circuit should be."

With a ten second difference in the pole times between the prototypes and the production class, the fans should be treated to some of the best racing of the weekend in Saturday's ALMS race. When asked about using his mirrors, Luhr, who qualified the fastest GT car, said, " the eyes will have to be everywhere, side by side, two or three eyes in the mirror."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Bryan Herta , Sascha Maassen , Terry Borcheller , Emanuele Pirro