Peugeot beat Audi in qualifying

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The second qualifying session of the 2010 Le Mans Series at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) turned out to be a thrilling duel between Peugeot and Audi. After 20 minutes on the rollercoaster circuit in the Ardennes forest, the French marque nosed ahead in the shape of Frenchman Sébastien Bourdais who posted a fastest lap of 01:57.884 minutes. So he and co-drivers Pedro Lamy and Simon Pagenaud will be starting from pole position on Sunday.

Audi's best lap time was 0.635 of a second slower. Even so, Timo Bernhard at number 9 in his R15 still managed to qualify for a place on the first row of tomorrow's grid, edging out two other Peugeots in third and fourth.

Record Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen in sixth is sharing the third row with another Audi R15, while former F1 driver Alexander Wurz takes seventh spot in the slowest of the works Peugeots.

The smaller LMP2 class was dominated by Danny Watts of the Strakka Racing team in an ARX-01. The British driver even squeezed into the Top 10 and was two-and-a-half seconds faster than the second-best driver in the LMP2 class, Tommy Erdos in a Lola.

In the GT1 class, local hero Bas Leinders grabbed the best grid position for the Marc VDS Racing team. The Belgian in his Ford GT clocked a time of 02:17.316 minutes, almost two seconds faster than the next best GT driver, Thomas Mutsch of Matech Competition, also driving a Ford GT. The third spot in the GT1 class went to the Luc Alphand Corvette with Julien Jousse behind the wheel.

In the slightly smaller GT2 category, Jamie Melo posted the fastest lap time in the strongest of the three AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTs. Melo goes into Sunday's race with his equally experienced co-driver Gianmaria Bruni and is well placed to secure victory in this class.

In any case, the duo can be relied on not to make any unforced errors. Just one-tenth behind the Ferrari was second-placed Marc Lieb in a Felbermayr Porsche, with Andrew Kirkaldy's Ferrari qualifying third. Giancarlo Fisichella and Jean Alesi, who are likewise driving a Ferrari, qualified 13th in the GT2 class.