Imola, FP 1: First blood to Peugeot!

The first free practice session turned in Peugeot’s favour

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By Olivier Ferret

1 July 2011 - 17:02
Imola, FP 1: First blood to Peugeot!

Nineteen days after the finish of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Imola 6 Hours saw battle rejoined in the Le Mans Series between the main endurance teams. The first free practice session turned in Peugeot’s favour in front of its main rival, Audi.

The No. 7 Peugeot 908 in the hands of Anthony Davidson (Peugeot Sport Total), paired up with Sébastien Bourdais, set the first benchmark time in the first free practice session on the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in 1m 34.227s. Just 496/1000s in arrears came the no. 1 Audi R 18 TDI (Audi Sport Joest). Their respective team-mates were not far behind thanks to Stéphane Sarrazin (no. 8 Peugeot 908) and Tom Kristensen (No.2 Audi R18 TDI).

Behind the four diesel-powered cars came Emmanuel Collard (no. 16 Pescarolo Team Pescarolo-Judd) in fifth spot ahead of Guillaume Moreau (no. 15 OAK Racing OAK Pescarolo-Judd) and Nicolas Prost/Neel Jani (no. 12 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60-Toyota coupe.

In LM P2, Nicolas de Crem and Dominik Kraihamer (no. 45 Boutsen Energy Racing Oreca 03-Nissan) were quickest in 1m 39.785s from Mathias Beche, Pierre Thiret and Jody Firth (no. 46 TDS Racing Oreca 03-Nissan).

Jens Petersen, Elton Julian and Christian Zugel (Genoa Racing) and John Hartshorne, Steave Keating and Phil Keen (Neil Garner Motorsport) were the two front-runners in Formula Le Mans ahead of the quickest LM GTEs.

In LM GTE Pro, Giancarlo Fisichella delighted his many fans by setting the best time in his no. 51 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia in 1m 46.028s from the team’s other F458 (no. 71) driven by Toni Vilander and Jaime Melo, and the 2 BMW Motorsport M3s with no. 56 leading no. 55.

In LM GTE Am, Ferrari also dominated with the Krohn Racing and AF Corse F430s beating the no. 67 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 RSR.

Pos#TeamDriverCarCatTimeGap
1 7 Peugeot Sport Total S. Bourdais/A. Davidson Peugeot 908 LM P1 1:34.227
2 1 Audi Sport Team Joest T. Bernhard/M. Fassler Audi R18 TDI LM P1 1:34.723 +0.496
3 8 Peugeot Sport Total F. Montagny/S. Sarrazin Peugeot 908 LM P1 1:35.102 +0.875
4 2 Audi Sport Team Joest T. Kristensen/A. McNish Audi R18 TDI LM P1 1:36.143 +1.916
5 16 Pescarolo Team E. Collard/C. Tinseau/J. Jousse Pescarolo - Judd LM P1 1:37.870 +3.643
6 15 Oak Racing P. Ragues/G. Moreau Oak Pescarolo - Judd LM P1 1:37.898 +3.671
7 12 Rebellion Racing N. Jani/N. Prost Lola B10/60 Coupe - Toyota LM P1 1:38.188 +3.961
8 23 MIK Corse M. Cortes/F. Geri/G. Piccini Zytek 09 LM P1 1:38.269 +4.042
9 13 Rebellion Racing A. Belicchi/J. Boullion Lola B10/60 Coupe - Toyota LM P1 1:38.958 +4.731
10 45 Boutsen Energy Racing D. Kraihamer/N. De Crem Oreca 03 - Nissan LM P2 1:39.795 +5.568
11 46 TDS Racing M. Beche/P. Thiriet/J. Firth Oreca 03 - Nissan LM P2 1:40.501 +6.274
12 39 Pecom Racing L. Perez-Companc/M. Russo/P. Kaffer Lola B11/40 - Judd LM P2 1:40.569 +6.342
13 41 Greaves Motorsport K. Ojjeh/O. Lombard/T. Kimber-Smith Zytek Z11SN - Nissan LM P2 1:41.345 +7.118
14 49 Oak Racing J. Nicolet/A. Premat Oak Pescarolo - Judd LM P2 1:41.360 +7.133
15 42 Strakka Racing N. Leventis/D. Watts/J. Kane HPD ARX -01d LM P2 1:41.683 +7.456
16 26 Signatech Nissan F. Mailleux/L. Ordoñez/S. Ayari Oreca 03 - Nissan LM P2 1:41.892 +7.665
17 33 Level 5 Motorsports S. Tucker/C. Bouchut/J. Barbosa Lola Coupe - HPD LM P2 1:42.073 +7.846
18 40 Race Performance M. Frey/R. Meichtry/M. Rostan Oreca 03 - Judd LM P2 1:42.323 +8.096
19 43 RLR Msport B. Gates/R. Garofall/S. Phillips MG Lola EX265 - Judd LM P2 1:42.804 +8.577
20 44 Extreme Limite AM Paris F. Rosier/M. Basso Norma M200P - Judd LM P2 1:43.547 +9.320
21 36 RML T. Erdos/M. Newton/B. Collins HPD ARX -01d LM P2 1:43.993 +9.766
22 35 Oak Racing A. Barlesi/F. Da Rocha/P. Lafargue Oak Pescarolo - Judd LM P2 1:44.399 +10.172
23 93 Genoa Racing E. Julian/C. Zugel/J. Petersen FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:45.451 +11.224
24 92 Neil Garner Motorsport J. Hartshorne/S. Keating/P. Keen FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:45.767 +11.540
25 51 AF Corse G. Fisichella/G. Bruni Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:46.028 +11.801
26 71 AF Corse J. Melo/T. Vilander Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:46.489 +12.262
27 56 BMW Motorsport D. Werner/P. Lamy BMW M3 LM GTE Pro 1:46.881 +12.654
28 55 BMW Motorsport A. Farfus/J. Muller BMW M3 LM GTE Pro 1:46.945 +12.718
29 95 Pegasus Racing M. Schultis/P. Simon/J. Schell FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:47.105 +12.878
30 77 Team Felbermayr - Proton M. Lieb/R. Lietz Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro 1:47.109 +12.882
31 75 Prospeed Competition M. Goossens/M. Holzer Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro 1:47.199 +12.972
32 59 Luxury Racing S. Ortelli/F. Makowiecki Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:47.257 +13.030
33 99 JMB Racing C. Ducote/K. Marcelli/N. Marroc FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:47.342 +13.115
34 89 Hankook Team Farmbacher D. Farnbacher/A. Simonsen Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:47.766 +13.539
35 79 Jota S. Dolan/S. Hancock Aston Martin Vantage LM GTE Pro 1:47.800 +13.573
36 57 Krohn Racing T. Krohn/N. Jonsson/M. Rugolo Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am 1:47.871 +13.644
37 66 JMW Motorsport R. Bell/J. Walker Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:47.941 +13.714
38 76 IMSA Performance Matmut P. Pilet/W. Henzler Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro 1:47.964 +13.737
39 91 Hope Racing L. Moro/S. Zhang/T. Graves FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:47.970 +13.743
40 61 AF Corse P. Perazzini/M. Cioci/S. Lemeret Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am 1:48.263 +14.036
41 67 IMSA Performance Matmut N. Armindo/R. Narac Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Am 1:48.484 +14.257
42 58 Luxury Racing A. Beltoise/F. Jakubowski/R. Firman Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:48.857 +14.630
43 82 CRS Racing K. Hummel/A. Christodoulou/P. Quaife Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am 1:48.939 +14.712
44 50 Larbre Competition P. Bornhauser/J. Canal/G. Gardel Corvette C6-ZR1 LM GTE Am 1:49.342 +15.115
45 63 Proton Competition P. Long/G. Roda Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Am 1:50.125 +15.898
46 88 Team Felbermayr-Proton C. Ried/H. Felbermayr Jr. Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Am 1:51.306 +17.079
47 62 CRS Racing P. Ehret/S. Lynn/R. Wills Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am 1:52.886 +18.659
48 64 Lotus Jetalliance O. Slingerland/M. Rich/L. Lichtner-Hoyer Lotus Evora LM GTE Pro
49 65 Lotus Jetalliance J. Rossiter/J. Mowlem/J. Hirschi Lotus Evora LM GTE Pro

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