Exciting qualifying in Austria

The qualifying for Round 3 of the European Le Mans Series was run today at the Austrian Red Bull Ring.

The six cars in GTE was first out in the qualifying, where each category had 10 minutes each.

There was a very close battle between all brands, and the times were changing each time a car crossed the line. That combined with several warnings and subsequently deleted laptimes due to track limits. Something that was common in all three classes.

Spirit of Race Ferrari #51 took Pole Position, ahead of Spirit of Race Ferrari #55, while Proton Competition Porsche #77 will start third. JMW Motorsport Ferrari #66 was fourth ahead of TF Sport Aston Martin #90 and Beechdean AMR #98.

Spirit of Race #51
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Then it was time for LMP3 qualifying.

There was early drama when 360 Racing #6 lost its left rear wheel. That resulted in a red flag, while a marshall was retrieving the tire in the gravel trap. That left only seven and a half minutes left of the qualifying, where they 17 LMP3 cars had to get the starting order decided.

The times at the top was changing second by second, but it was Duqueine Engineering #7 ahead of AT Racing #9 Mikkel Jensen in #9 had provisional Pole, but his fastest time was deleted due to track limits. M.Racing YMR #19 starts third, making it Norma, Ligier, Norma in the first three places.

Duqueine Engineering #7
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LMP2 was the final category to be decided. A total of 13 cars were ready to battle, and just like the two previous qualifying sessions, it was a close battle.

G-Drive Racing #22 was fastest of all, and grabbed their first Pole Position of the year. They were duelling with their DragonSpeed #21 teammates for Pole, and they will line up second. United Autosports #32 starts in third ahead of Panis Barthez Competition #23. That makes its an ORECA, ORECA, Ligier, Ligier starting grid. Best Dallara was SMP Racing #27 in fifth.

Tockwith Motorsport #34
Photo: JJ Media

The race will start tomorrow at 13.00 CET.

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