Advantage Lahaye Young Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) collected his first two pole positions of the season at the end of tricky session held on drying track. The Junior driver will be joined on the front row by team-mate Bruce Lorgere-Roux in...
Young Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) collected his first two pole positions of the season at the end of tricky session held on drying track. The Junior driver will be joined on the front row by team-mate Bruce Lorgere-Roux in race one. Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) will be alongside him at the start of tomorrow's race.
Dense fog shrouded the Nurburgring circuit first thing this morning. Qualifying was thus delayed by a few minutes and the session started on a mainly wet track. All the drivers opted to start with wet weather tyres.
Jaap Van Lagen set the time to beat with a lap of 2'20''144. With ten minutes gone, the Dutchman topped the timing monitors, followed by Luigi Ferrara (Oregon Team), Bruce Lorgere-Roux and Matthieu Lahaye.
Although the track was only drying in places, quite quickly several drivers decided to switch to slicks. At the midway point of the session, Andreas Mayerl (Sesterheim Racing) and Sebastien Dhouailly (Thierry Boutsen Racing) wedged themselves in between Van Lagen and Ferrara.
The gamble to switch to slicks paid off for Frederic Gabillon (Team Lompech Sport) and Massimiliano Fantini (Oregon Team), who moved into the top two positions. Pedro Petiz (Iris Racing), Olivier Tielemans (Racing for Belgium) and Steve Abold (Roma Team Baumgartner) then took their turn to go to the top of the timing screens.
With ten minutes to go, the times continued to keep dropping and get ever closer to the 2'10'' mark. Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi) muscled in on the scrap, but it was clear that the final standings would only be decided in the closing seconds of the session!
Jaap Van Lagen held provisional pole in a time of 2'08''689, with five minutes of the session remaining. But the Tech 1 Racing drivers kept their foot on the gas. With only a minute to go, Matthieu Lahaye and Bruce Lorgere-Roux steal into the top two positions!
Lahaye went quicker again right at the death, thus claiming pole position in both races. Van Lagen missed out on his final attempt but nevertheless managed 3rd and 2nd positions on the start grid for the two races. Bruce Lorgere-Roux (2nd/4th) and Cesar Campanico (4th/3rd) could also be satisfied with their qualifying performance. On the other hand, Jean-Philippe Dayraut was left disappointed, managing only 11th and 5th, respectively.