Bouncing back from their defeat at Portland, Audi returned to form at Mosport in Canada today with Dindo Capello leading an all-Audi front row in qualifying. Capello stopped the clocks at 1:08.295, to head team-mate Frank Biela and the Panoz ...
Bouncing back from their defeat at Portland, Audi returned to form at Mosport in Canada today with Dindo Capello leading an all-Audi front row in qualifying.
Capello stopped the clocks at 1:08.295, to head team-mate Frank Biela and the Panoz steered by Jan Magnussen.
The Panoz attack was disrupted after David Brabham crashed in turn one during the morning practice session. The team were forced to sit out the second session, losing valuable track time.
But for Capello, the pole position was an impressive performance after he let his co-driver Tom Kristensen learn the circuit yesterday.
"I was not very confident before qualifying because I did not drive on Friday," Capello said.
"But everything went very well. The car was just perfect and I could push from the beginning. On top of that I had no traffic at all."
The Johnny Herbert/Andy Wallace Champion team Audi was fourth in qualifying ahead of the Riley & Scott of Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver. However, the Riley & Scott later failed its post-race inspection and will be sent to the rear of the grid for a technical infringement.
Magnussen was pleased with the Panoz result after the morning dramas.
"Considering we lost a whole session I am reasonably pleased with the time," Magnussens aid.
"I managed to get some good clear laps at the beginning, came in to make some small adjustments to the car and then managed to lower the time just a fraction. I think that's all there was in the car today."
Brabham was disappointed after a rare mistake forced the car off in the morning session. The Australian pronounced he got a little wide in turn one, then "ran out of talent" trying to recover.
Terry Borcheller took pole position in GTS aboard the Saleen after rival Ron Fellows suffered back luck on his home circuit with a clutch problem aboard his Corvette.
JJ Lehto took pole position in GT, but then also suffered at the hands of the technical inspectors who declared the ride height on his M3 was too low.
Dirk Muller and partner Fredrick Ekblom subsequently earned the the pole position following their team-mate's misfortune.
Many of these stars will finish the season in Malaysia at the Le Mans Series Race of Champions at Sepang from November 9-11.