Double pole for Audi at Silverstone



In the third practice session this morning, Audi were able to reply to Peugeot's sensational time from Friday (01:43.9 minutes) and show just how fast an R15plus can go. Allan McNish moved into the lead with a time of 01:44.043, ahead of Nicolas Lapierre in the Oreca 908, and the sister car of the guys from Ingolstadt.

Qualifying remained firmly in Audi's hands and the very capable Allan McNish, who was able to stay ahead of teammate, Timo Bernhard and the two Peugeot 908 coupés and post a time of 01:43.475 minutes. For the French, Nicolas Minassian driving a works 908 secured a time of 01:44.489 minutes, just two hundredths of a second quicker than Lapierre in the Oreca.

A total of some five Lola coupés will be on the grid behind the diesel racers for the start of the 1,000km race at Silverstone. The Swiss Rebellion car was today two tenths of a second quicker than the Aston Martin and covered the tradition-filled, English circuit in less time than Rebellion's second car, the Drayson and the factory-assisted Signature Aston Martin.

In the 'small' prototypes category, Strakka driver, Danny Watts, in the winning car from Budapest was quicker than second-placed car of the last race, the Olivier Pla Quifel ASM, and the identical Ginetta Zytek of Team Bruichladdich.

In the GT qualifying category, as expected, a tightly-fought scrap broke out straightaway between the favoured teams. At the start of the session, AF Corse and Felbermayr fought hard for the GT2 pole behind the Larbre Saleen S7, the only remaining GT1 racing car (28th on the grid). As had already happened in the second session, though, the JMW Aston Martin finally won through in a time of 02:03.340 minutes to narrowly beat Toni Vilander in the Ferrari and Marc Lieb in the Porsche. Jaime Melo in the second AF Corse F430 will be behind the title favourites for the start of tomorrow's race.

In the third session, best time went to the surprise team from the Nürburgring 24 hour race, the Hankook Team Farnbacher with Allan Simonsen.

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