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Brundle Claims Pole Position for Road to Le Mans

United Autosports Ligier JS P3 on pole position at Le Mans…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Martin Brundle has captured the pole position for Saturday’s Road to Le Mans after beating 2015 European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Charlie Robertson in qualifying.

The former Le Mans winner qualified the No. 2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 Nissan with a time of 3:55.748. Brundle set the fastest lap on just before a red flag brought the session to an end.

The No. 32 Ginetta P3-15 Nissan of Charlie Robertson will start from second position, qualifying just 0.185 seconds behind Brundle, with DC Racing’s Thomas Laurent completing the top three.

Laurent, who set the fastest times in both practice sessions, was almost half a second slower than Brundle. The young French driver will start alongside the M.Racing – YMR Ligier JS P3 of Yann Ehrlacher.

Villorba Corse driver Giorgio Sernagiotto had just set the fastest sector 1 time when the red flags were shown with just two minutes remaining in the session. The red flags came as a result of Hiroshi Hamaguchi’s No. 55 FFF Racing Team by ACM McLaren 650S GT3 going off into the barriers at Karting.

The No. 88 Mentos Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R qualified on pole position in the GT3 category, with Egidio Perfetti behind the wheel of the car. Its 4:04.494 was almost seven tenths faster than the lap time of the No. 57 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 of Alexey Basov.

Despite his crash Hamaguchi still finished the session in third place, with Nicolas Misslin completing the top four with the No. 26 Classic & Modern Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.

The session was also red-flagged just before the halfway point, after the No. 24 OAK Racing Ligier JS P3 went off into the gravel at the Esses. Nicolet returned the Ligier to the pit lane under its own power.

Saturday’s race at Le Mans will get underway at 11.10 a.m. CET.

RESULT: Qualifying

Marcel ten Caat (@marceltencaat) is a contributor to Sportscar365 and other publications including


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