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DragonSpeed on Pole for 4H Spa

Nicolas Lapierre puts DragonSpeed on pole for 4H Spa…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Nicolas Lapierre and DragonSpeed continued their dominance of the European Le Mans Series weekend so far at Spa-Francorchamps, taking pole position on Saturday afternoon.

The Frenchman’s best time in the No. 21 Oreca 05 Nissan was a 2:06.603, which was 0.445 seconds clear of points-leader Mathias Beche in the Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05 Nissan.

It marked the second pole of the season for the American squad. Lapierre will share driving duties in tomorrow’s four-hour race with Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman.

Harry Tincknell improved upon a couple of disappointing results in Free Practice to put the G-Drive Racing car in third. The No. 38 Gibson 015S Nissan will line up alongside Tristan Gommendy’s Eurasia Motorsport Oreca Nissan.

Graff Racing will start from LMP3 pole for the first time this season, after Enzo Guibbert set a weekend-best time of 2:14.392 in the No. 9 Ligier JS P3 Nissan.

Matt Bell put the No. 3 United Autosports car into second, while Nigel Moore was third in the Tockwith Motorsports entry.

Simon Gachet and the Panis Barthez Competition crew will start fourth, while points-leader Alex Brundle qualified his No. 2 United Autosports entry in fifth.

Alessandro Pier Guidi took the No. 56 AT Racing Ferrari F458 Italia to GTE class pole, the first time this season that a Ferrari will start from class pole.

The No. 88 Proton Competition-run Porsche 911 RSR will start second, qualified by Matteo Cairoli. The second row will be made up of the two Ferraris of Matt Griffin and Andrea Bertolini.

The Four Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will start at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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


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