Laguna Seca Friday qualifying

MONTEREY, Calif. -- Jan Magnussen of Denmark temporarily broke Audi's stranglehold on the top of the American Le Mans Series by driving to the provisional pole Friday for Sunday's GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca ...

MONTEREY, Calif. -- Jan Magnussen of Denmark temporarily broke Audi's stranglehold on the top of the American Le Mans Series by driving to the provisional pole Friday for Sunday's GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Magnussen, in a Paonoz LMP-1 Roadster he will co-drive with Australia's David Brabham, turned the 2.238-mile circuit in a track record time of 1:15.219 (107.111 mph), breaking the previous record of 1:15.974 set last year by Eric Bernard. A second round of qualifying will be held Saturday to determine the starting lineup for the two-hour, 45-minute sports car endurance race.

"We've been close a couple of times to the Audis," said Magnussen, winner of the ALMS race held earlier this year in Nurburg, Germany. "It's good to make the best of it today. The Audis had a big gap on us early in the year, but we are closing it down as the races go on."

Italy's Rinaldo Capello, driving an Audi R8 that has won four of the last five ALMS races, was second-fastest in Friday's provisional qualifying at 106.843 mph, with Audi teammate Frank Biela of Monaco third at 106.258. Capello will co-drive with ALMS driver point leader Allan McNish of Scotland, while Biela will team with Emanuele Pirro of Italy.

Ron Fellows of Canada was fastest in the GTS class in a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, and Sascha Maassen of Germany led GT class qualifying in a Porsche 911 GT3 R.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Jan Magnussen , Allan McNish , Frank Biela , Ron Fellows , Sascha Maassen , Emanuele Pirro