Miami: Champion Racing qualifying report

The Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto starts the Grand Prix Americas from pole-position on the 37-car grid in Downtown Miami. Lehto stopped the clock at 47.848secs in the shortened qualifying session around the ...

The Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto starts the Grand Prix Americas from pole-position on the 37-car grid in Downtown Miami. Lehto stopped the clock at 47.848secs in the shortened qualifying session around the 1.15-mile temporary street circuit.

Champion Racing and Lehto lie second and third in the Teams' and Driver's standings respectively with just one race remaining after the 165-minute Miami race in the nine-event North American sportscar endurance series. Lehto set the "pole" time on his very last flying lap before the time trial was curtailed early. JJ's time was a mere 0.039secs faster than the similar Audi R8 of Marco Werner but earns the Champion squad its first pole of the season.

For Team ADT Champion Racing, the Miami race is very much a "home" event, the Pompano Beach outfit based less than 40-miles north up the I-95. The Florida team, which finished third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, is bidding to score its third ALMS race victory of the season.

Johnny Herbert (39). Born: Brentwood, Essex, UK. Lives: Monte Carlo:

ALMS stats: 23 starts, 3 wins, 14 top-3s, 18 top-5s, 20 top-10s.

"In last year's Miami race our Champion Audi had looked in good shape after delaying our pit-stop until a caution period. I pitted and handed over to Stefan [Johansson] in the lead after 80 minutes but an air hose became tangled around the Audi's rear wing as he left our pit resulting in a stop-go penalty and we eventually finished fifth. I've driven on a number of temporary street circuits in my career but Miami is extremely narrow featuring very few overtaking opportunities. JJ and I must win to keep the championship alive."

JJ Lehto (37). Born: Espoo, Finland. Lives: Monte Carlo:

ALMS stats: 37 starts, 12 wins (7 overall), 28 top-3s, 32 top-5s, 34 top-10s.

"I'm delighted to have rewarded the team with its first ALMS pole of the year -- especially considering it's Champion's home race. We've got ourselves a good car for the race but it will be very tough -- lapping the backmarkers will be incredible for over two hours on such a tight and narrow track. Last year's Miami race was my best ALMS event of the year finishing second, just 14-seconds behind the winning 'factory' Audi of Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro, and I'm hoping to go one better this time for Team ADT Champion Racing especially after getting this pole."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Frank Biela , Marco Werner , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto