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Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.4, Murray Takes Pole!

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On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 2:45PM | By: John Welch

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.4, Murray Takes Pole!

As I opened this window to begin the final Petit Le Mans preview, I was looking into qualifiying, which is broadcast online. GT2 was the class on track and there were seven minutes left in the session. Olivier Beretta, piloting a new C6.R, was at the top of the time sheet; not completely unexpected.

Out of nowhere, privateer Covette team LG Motorsports ran a blistering lap, taking the pole away from the veteran Beretta. The LG Motorsports team has suffered several setbacks this year, the worst coming at Long Beach. With Boris Said behind the wheel, the LG Corvette burst into flames, apparently a fuel-related fire. LGM thought they had the pole with 2:00 minutes left in the session. It didn't take thirty seconds for that time to be surpassed.

Still on track was David Murry in the Robertson Racing Ford GT.R. Perennial back markers, it seemed impossible that they might challenge for pole. They not only challenged for it, they stole it — the very first pole for a Ford GT.

Now on to Prototype qualifiying . . .

It looked like Simone Pagenaud might take his Acura ARX-02a to the pole position for Saturday's race, but in the last few minutes he was usurped by all four diesel powered prototypes, relegating him to fifth position, and not boding well for gasoline powered racers this weekend.

We can expect a raucous fight Audi and Peugeot. Their times are all within tenths of seconds and both teams are prepared to go the distance, shipping in spare monocoups and parts in case disaster strikes.

How have the newer teams fared? Chatter around the paddock suggested that Team ORECA would be capable of taking the pole. Unfortunately, they finished low on the time sheets, after both Acuras.

Drayson Racing fared about as well, but they were thrilled with the fact that they suffered no mechanical failures. As far as a first shakedown goes, the team was happy with its progress.

In LMP2, the Dyson Mazdas were able to capture first, followed by relative newcomer Cyto Sport Racing, with their former Penske-campaigned Porsche Spyder RS. The Lowes Fernandez Acura came in third.

The big day is tomorrow! Set those DVR's for Speed Channel, 11:00 a.m. and get ready for the best motor sports of the year!

Source: Speedtv.com

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