Imola, FP 3: Audi pips Peugeot by 0.026s!

Ferrari continued to dominate LM GTE Pro

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By Olivier Ferret

2 July 2011 - 11:14
Imola, FP 3: Audi pips Peugeot by (...)

The track was dry despite a shower at sunrise, and the no. 1 Audi R18 TDI pipped the no. 7 Peugeot 908 by 0.026s, which promises a very closely-fought qualifying session for the Imola 6-Hours grid positions.

All the cars took part in the third free practice session this morning. For the first time this weekend, Audi Sport Team Joest beat Peugeot Sport Total on a dry track despite an early-morning shower.

Marcel Fässler in the no. 1 Audi R18 TDI (Audi Sport Team Joest) set the benchmark time in 1m 34.809s (slower than Bourdais’ best yesterday), just in front of the two Peugeot Sport Total cars with no. 7 of Bourdais-Davidson leading no. 8 driven by Sarrazin-Montagny.

The No. 2 Audi R18 TDI, which did not come out in yesterday’s second free session run on a wet track, was 2.5s off the pace this morning.

Behind the first four, the no. 15 OAK Racing OAK Pescarolo-Judd was fifth quickest followed by the no. 12 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60-Toyota coupe and the first LM P2, the no. 45 Boutsen Energy Racing Oreca 03-Nissan.

In Formula Le Mans, Pegasus Racing was fastest in front of Hope Racing and Neil Garner Motorsport in what is a very open category.

Ferrari continued to dominate LM GTE Pro, but this time it was the no. 59 Luxury Racing F458 Italia that topped the time sheets followed by the nos 71 and 51 A F Corse entries.

In LM GTE Am, the no. 63 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR led the no. 82 CRS Racing Ferrari F430.

Qualifying will start at 13h55 (LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am) and at 14h25 the LM P1s, P2s and FLMs will take to the track.

Pos#TeamDriverCarCatTimeGap
1 1 Audi Sport Team Joest T. Bernhard/M. Fassler Audi R18 TDI LM P1 1:34.609
2 7 Peugeot Sport Total S. Bourdais/A. Davidson Peugeot 908 LM P1 1:34.635 +0.026
3 8 Peugeot Sport Total F. Montagny/S. Sarrazin Peugeot 908 LM P1 1:34.753 +0.144
4 2 Audi Sport Team Joest T. Kristensen/A. McNish Audi R18 TDI LM P1 1:37.109 +2.500
5 15 Oak Racing P. Ragues/G. Moreau Oak Pescarolo - Judd LM P1 1:37.311 +2.702
6 12 Rebellion Racing N. Jani/N. Prost Lola B10/60 Coupe - Toyota LM P1 1:37.628 +3.019
7 45 Boutsen Energy Racing D. Kraihamer/N. De Crem Oreca 03 - Nissan LM P2 1:38.152 +3.543
8 16 Pescarolo Team E. Collard/C. Tinseau/J. Jousse Pescarolo - Judd LM P1 1:39.052 +4.443
9 46 TDS Racing M. Beche/P. Thiriet/J. Firth Oreca 03 - Nissan LM P2 1:39.368 +4.759
10 41 Greaves Motorsport K. Ojjeh/O. Lombard/T. Kimber-Smith Zytek Z11SN - Nissan LM P2 1:39.522 +4.913
11 26 Signatech Nissan F. Mailleux/L. Ordoñez/S. Ayari Oreca 03 - Nissan LM P2 1:39.612 +5.003
12 39 Pecom Racing L. Perez-Companc/M. Russo/P. Kaffer Lola B11/40 - Judd LM P2 1:39.654 +5.045
13 33 Level 5 Motorsports S. Tucker/C. Bouchut/J. Barbosa Lola Coupe - HPD LM P2 1:40.417 +5.808
14 40 Race Performance M. Frey/R. Meichtry/M. Rostan Oreca 03 - Judd LM P2 1:41.721 +7.112
15 35 Oak Racing A. Barlesi/F. Da Rocha/P. Lafargue Oak Pescarolo - Judd LM P2 1:41.743 +7.134
16 23 MIK Corse M. Cortes/F. Geri/G. Piccini Zytek 09 LM P1 1:42.846 +8.237
17 13 Rebellion Racing A. Belicchi/J. Boullion Lola B10/60 Coupe - Toyota LM P1 1:42.996 +8.387
18 36 RML T. Erdos/M. Newton/B. Collins HPD ARX -01d LM P2 1:44.964 +10.355
19 95 Pegasus Racing M. Schultis/P. Simon/J. Schell FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:45.196 +10.587
20 91 Hope Racing L. Moro/S. Zhang/T. Graves FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:45.310 +10.701
21 92 Neil Garner Motorsport J. Hartshorne/S. Keating/P. Keen FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:45.589 +10.980
22 59 Luxury Racing S. Ortelli/F. Makowiecki Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:45.690 +11.081
23 71 AF Corse J. Melo/T. Vilander Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:45.747 +11.138
24 93 Genoa Racing E. Julian/C. Zugel/J. Petersen FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:45.878 +11.269
25 49 Oak Racing J. Nicolet/A. Premat Oak Pescarolo - Judd LM P2 1:45.926 +11.317
26 51 AF Corse G. Fisichella/G. Bruni Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:45.954 +11.345
27 44 Extreme Limite AM Paris F. Rosier/M. Basso Norma M200P - Judd LM P2 1:46.015 +11.406
28 99 JMB Racing C. Ducote/K. Marcelli/N. Marroc FLM - Oreca - 09 FLM 1:46.297 +11.688
29 63 Proton Competition P. Long/G. Roda Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Am 1:46.484 +11.875
30 76 IMSA Performance Matmut P. Pilet/W. Henzler Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro 1:46.495 +11.886
31 56 BMW Motorsport D. Werner/P. Lamy BMW M3 LM GTE Pro 1:46.547 +11.938
32 75 Prospeed Competition M. Goossens/M. Holzer Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro 1:46.762 +12.153
33 58 Luxury Racing A. Beltoise/F. Jakubowski/R. Firman Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:46.778 +12.169
34 55 BMW Motorsport A. Farfus/J. Muller BMW M3 LM GTE Pro 1:46.804 +12.195
35 66 JMW Motorsport R. Bell/J. Walker Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:46.923 +12.314
36 43 RLR Msport B. Gates/R. Garofall/S. Phillips MG Lola EX265 - Judd LM P2 1:47.033 +12.424
37 77 Team Felbermayr - Proton M. Lieb/R. Lietz Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro 1:47.050 +12.441
38 82 CRS Racing K. Hummel/A. Christodoulou/P. Quaife Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am 1:47.098 +12.489
39 50 Larbre Competition P. Bornhauser/J. Canal/G. Gardel Corvette C6-ZR1 LM GTE Am 1:47.592 +12.983
40 89 Hankook Team Farmbacher D. Farnbacher/A. Simonsen Ferrari F458 Italia LM GTE Pro 1:47.976 +13.367
41 67 IMSA Performance Matmut N. Armindo/R. Narac Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Am 1:47.984 +13.375
42 79 Jota S. Dolan/S. Hancock Aston Martin Vantage LM GTE Pro 1:48.440 +13.831
43 61 AF Corse P. Perazzini/M. Cioci/S. Lemeret Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am 1:48.568 +13.959
44 88 Team Felbermayr-Proton C. Ried/H. Felbermayr Jr. Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Am 1:49.720 +15.111
45 57 Krohn Racing T. Krohn/N. Jonsson/M. Rugolo Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am 1:49.851 +15.242
46 65 Lotus Jetalliance J. Rossiter/J. Mowlem/J. Hirschi Lotus Evora LM GTE Pro 1:50.477 +15.868
47 62 CRS Racing P. Ehret/S. Lynn/R. Wills Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am 1:50.617 +16.008
48 64 Lotus Jetalliance O. Slingerland/M. Rich/L. Lichtner-Hoyer Lotus Evora LM GTE Pro 1:54.248 +19.639
49 42 Strakka Racing N. Leventis/D. Watts/J. Kane HPD ARX -01d LM P2 1:59.678 +25.069

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