Road Atlanta: Creation Autosportif qualifying report

Creation Serve Notice Of Intent The Creation Autosportif created a near sensation in the American Le Mans Series today when they qualified the "Blue Rocket" - the DBA4-03S Zytek - on the front row of the grid, ahead of the two all-conquering...

Creation Serve Notice Of Intent

The Creation Autosportif created a near sensation in the American Le Mans Series today when they qualified the "Blue Rocket" - the DBA4-03S Zytek - on the front row of the grid, ahead of the two all-conquering Audi R8s. They were pipped to pole position in the dying seconds of the session by James Weaver's Dyson Lola.

Nicolas Minassian showed that he meant business right from the very start of the scheduled 20- minute session. A red flag stoppage for a P2 car's off-track excursion reduced the qualifying time available, however, and just 9 minutes were remaining when the session went green again.

The Frenchman found just the right gap in the traffic and put together two stunningly fast laps, the second of which put him into the provisional pole position. The team waited with baited breath while the remaining prototypes took the chequered flag, thinking that they had achieved an amazing feat on their very first visit to the American Le Mans Series, but were ultimately to be disappointed.

A philosophical Minassian commented afterwards: "It was a pretty good lap. This track takes a lot out of the car but I think it would have been possible to go quicker. I'm a little bit disappointed because pole position is always sweet, you know, but the front row is a great job. We are not far at all from the people who have been doing this forever and we are going to give them our best shot tomorrow."

Creation's co-owner and team manager, Ian Bickerton, summed up the feeling of the team. "We're the new kids on the block and we didn't quite make it today. We showed we have the pace and we're confident we'll be good for the ten hours, but we still think that Laguna will be our day!"

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Series ALMS
Drivers James Weaver , Nicolas Minassian