For the first time this weekend the sun shone as the LMGTE competitors headed out for the 20 minute qualifying session. Darren Turner was the first on track in the No.97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 and used the clear air to set the benchmark time for the others to try and match. Turner’s time was soon beaten by Marc Lieb in the No.77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche but Turner regained the advantage with a 1m33.855 lap and took the LMGTE Pro pole position ahead of Lieb and Giancarlo Fisichella in the No.51 AF Corse Ferrari.
In the LMGTE Am class it was a good day for Brazil when Enrique Bernoldi scored a pole position on his FIA WEC debut in the No.61 AF Corse-Waltrip Ferrari with a lap of 1m34.781. It was a Ferrari class 1-2 with the No.57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 of Michele Rugolo finishing the 20-minute session 0.6 seconds behind Bernoldi, with the No.88 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche of Paolo Ruberti in third.
Round 5 of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, will start at 12 noon tomorrow afternoon, with live coverage online at www.fiawec.com
Darren Turner (GBR)
nr97 AMR Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE Pro 19th Overall / Pole Position
“It was obviously important to qualify on pole and it was certainly the aim, but I wasn’t really expecting it. Our lap times were slower this morning because of the ambient track temperatures, so we weren’t really sure what to expect this afternoon. Our car does perform well in the higher temperatures and it’s now hotter than we’ve seen all week, so I think it worked in our favour. It’s great to be on pole and the team should be pleased with themselves, they’ve once again done a great job in preparing the car.”
Enrique Bernoldi (BRA)
Nr61 AF Corse-Waltrip Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 23rd overall / Pole Position
“This pole means a lot for me because it’s my first race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and I grabbed pole position! When I last raced on this track, in FIA GT1, I also got pole and the next day I won the race so it’s perhaps a good sign. My biggest worry was the traffic because the LMP1 and LMP2 cars come up on us very quickly. Our car performs very well in terms of fuel economy. In any case, I’ve got nothing to lose so I’m going to try and win the race but it’s a long one. We have to go for it but must save our tyres, plus we don’t know the car very well.”
Source: FIA World Endurance Championship