LeMans qualifying – The Brits

After qualifying finished on Thursday night, following sessions on both Wednesday and Thursday, the #3 Peugeot 908 driven by Sebastian Bourdais / Pedro Lamy / Simon Pagenaud qualified on pole for this weekend’s LeMans 24hr race. It was former Champcar and F1 driver Sebastian Bourdais who set the best time of 3m19.711.s.  The front two rows of the grid are all Peugeot 908s.

The highest starting Brit is LeMans debutant Anthony Davidson, who starts 2nd. It was a disappointing qualifying result by Audi who start in 5th, 6th and 7th. The R15 TDI of Allan McNish starts in 6th.

The highest starting British team at LeMans this year is the Aston Martin Racing team in LMP1. They captured 8th and 9th spots on the grid, with Englishman Darren Turner starting 9th in the #009 car.

Credit to Strakka Racing who had an intense battle with Highcroft Racing for the best qualifier in the LMP2 class. Strakka came up with the goods and start in 15th place. Highcroft Racing start 17th on their LeMans debut.

Qualifying for the Brits involved, starting positions in bold:

The teams:

Beechdean Mansell [LMP1], car #5 – 18th
Drayson Racing [LMP1], car #11 – 14th
Aston Martin Racing [LMP1], cars #007 8th and #009 9th
RML [LMP2], car #25 – 20th
Team Bruichladdich [LMP2], car #41 – 25th
Strakka Racing [LMP2], car #42 – 15th (best qualifier in the LMP2 class)
JMW Motorsport [GT2], car #92 – 51st

The drivers:

LMP1

Nigel Mansell, Leo Mansell, Greg Mansell [Beechdean Mansell] – 18th
Anthony Davidson [Team Peugeot Total] – 2nd
Andy Meyrick [AIM Team Oreca Matmut] – 10th
Paul Drayson, Jonny Cocker [Drayson Racing] – 14th
Guy Smith [Rebellion Racing] – 19th
Oliver Jarvis [Kolles] – 13th
Darren Turner, Sam Hancock [Aston Martin Racing #009] – 9th

LMP2

Mike Newton, Andy Wallace [RML] – 20th
Jonathan Kennard [KSM] – 26th
Marino Franchitti [Highcroft Racing] – 17th
Warren Hughes [Quifel ASM] – 21st
Tim Greaves [Team Bruichladdich] – 25th
Nick Leventis, Danny Watts, Jonny Kane [Strakka Racing] – 15th

GT2

Oliver Gavin [Corvette Racing] – 37th
Andy Priaulx [BMW] – 48th
Ryan Dalziel [Jaguar RSR] – 55th
Peter Dumbreck [Spyker Squadron] – 50th
Rob Bell, Tim Sugden [JMW Motorsport] – 51st
Richard Westbrook [BMS Scuderia] – 44th

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