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Oreca 1-2-3 in Qualifying at Monza

ELMS - 13/05/2017 - Jeff CARTER

Picture © Jakob Ebrey Photography

Enzo Guibbert gave the French team Graff their first LMP2 pole in the European Le Mans Series after a nail biting qualifying session that saw the young driver beat 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 champion and Toyota factory driver Nico Lapierre to the top spot by 0.1 seconds with a 1m36.526 lap.

Enzo Guibbert: “The session went well, I went out and I did my two fast laps. The car was great, it was shaking a little bit because I was quite fast but when I was told that I was on pole I was really happy.  It’s really an achievement for me to fight with some drivers like Nicolas Lapierre, so I’m really happy.”

“I’ve driven here a few times and it’s a track that I like as it is really quick especially with an LMP2. So it’s great.”

“Compared to the LMP3, the LMP2 has nothing in common. That is such a great car, the speed is amazing especially in the curbs and there is nothing to add!”. 

The competition was just an intense in the LMP3 category as the battle for the second pole position of the 2017 season went down to the chequered flag.  As the clock counted down to zero it was the no3 United Autosports Ligier of Wayne Boyd that headed the time sheets but the rest of the field were close behind with Ricky Capo in the no19 M.Racing-YMR Norma M30 coming out as best of the rest with a time that was just 0.048 seconds slower than the pole man.

In LMGTE fittingly it will be a Ferrari that will start at the head of the grid with Matt Griffin securing the first pole position since Austria 2015 for himself, Duncan Cameron and Aaron Scott.  The Irish driver posted a 1m48.027 in the no55 Spirit of Race F488, which was good enough to fend off the determined challenge from Fernando Rees in the no50 Larbe Competition Chevrolet Corvette.

The grid is now set for the 4 Hours of Monza, which is due to get underway at 13h30 tomorrow.

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