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DragonSpeed Locks Out Front Row for 4H Le Castellet

DragonSpeed locks out front row for 4H Le Castellet…

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DragonSpeed has locked out the front row for the Four Hours of Le Castellet as Nicolas Lapierre continued his clean sweep of the European Le Mans Series weekend.

Lapierre set a time of 1:52.761 around Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France, while teammate Leo Roussel put the DragonSpeed-run G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson onto the front row just 0.145 seconds slower than the No. 21 car.

Lapierre will share driving duties with Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman while championship leader Roussel will be joined by Nicolas Minassian and Memo Rojas from second.

Enzo Guibbert made it three Orecas in the top three positions with his No. 39 Graff car while Matevos Isaakyan put the SMP Racing Dallara P217 Gibson into fourth as the highest non-Oreca entry.

United Autosports was once again the quickest Ligier JS P217 Gibson team in fifth.

360 Racing took its first pole of the season in LMP3 as Ross Kaiser beat RLR MSport’s Alex Kapadia to the top spot, putting the two British-entered LMP3 cars on the front row.

Kaiser shares his No. 6 Ligier JS P3 Nissan with Terrence Woodward and Anthony Wells. 

M.Racing – YMR’s two cars will start from third and fourth, meanwhile, with the team’s Ligier outpacing its Norma M30 Nissan.

Red Bull Ring class winner Matt Griffin beat Matteo Cairoli to the GTE class pole, with the Irish driver setting a time of 2:04.202 in his Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3. 

Cairoli will line up alongside him in the Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR while the sister Spirit of Race car and JMW Motorsport Ferrari will make up the second row.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.


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