ELMS - 18/10/2015
Albuquerque finished 0.8s ahead of their championship rivals in the no41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson-Nissan with Jon Lancaster challenging for the final pole of 2015 that would’ve meant they were level on points going into this afternoon’s race. However it wasn’t to be and the Greaves team will have to be content to starting on the front row for the 4 Hours of Estoril.
Lancaster’s best time was just 0.001s quicker than Olivier Pla in the no40 Krohn Racing Ligier, with the only other car in the hunt for the 2015 title, the no46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05 in 4th, 1.5 seconds behind the pole position holder.
The no2 Team LNT Ginetta Nissan of Michael Simpson will start from pole in LMP3, the first time for the no2 Ginetta this season. Simpson finished less than 0.1 ahead of teammate and 2015 LMP3 champion Charlie Robertson. The no9 Graff Ligier JS P3 was third quickest and will start just behind the two Team LNT Ginettas on its ELMS race debut this afternoon.
A very wet track saw a very mixed LMGTE and GTC qualifying session with the GTC championship leader Franck Perera posting the fastest time of the session with a 1m52.723 in the no59 TDS Racing BMW Z4. The French driver was 0.222s ahead of the fastest LMGTE runner, the no88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 of Richard Lietz, the Austrian securing the final LMGTE pole of 2015.
LMGTE Championship leaders Formula Racing were 2nd quickest in class and 5th fastest in the 20-minute session, with Mikkel Mac posting a 1m53.034, less than one tenth slower than Lietz in the pole position car. Their nearest rivals in the LMGTE title race, the no52 BMW Team MarcVDS of Andy Priaulx, struggled in the conditions on slick tyres and was 13.7 seconds off the pace and will start at the back of the grid for this afternoons race.
While the no59 TDS Racing will start on pole, their nearest rivals for the 2015 GTC title, the no62 AF Corse Ferrari of Francesco Castellacci was third quickest in GTC and fourth overall in that session, with the Italian posting a 1m53.014, 0.291 behind the lead Ferrari.
The 4 Hours of Estoril will start at 13h00 this afternoon which will decide the destination of the LMP2, LMGTE and GTC 2015 European titles.
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