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DKR Engineering and Luzich Racing Take Pole Positions at Le Castellet

LMC - 13/04/2019 - Jeff CARTER

Reigning LMP3 Champions DKR Engineering will start the first race of the 2019 season from pole position after their French driver Francois Kirmann posted a best time of 1m51.917 in a dramatic 15 minute qualifying session.

The session was red flagged after a collision between the no23 United Autosports Ligier and the no5 DKR Engineering Norma.  The session resumed with just under 7 minutes remaining on the clock, which saw several cars vying for the top spot. 

The no25 Lanan Racing Norma of Michael Benham posted a 1m53.132 but with less than a minute left the no3 DKR Engineering Norma set the fastest lap of the session ahead of the no9 Graff Norma of Adrien Chila by 0.895s.  The no25 Lanan Racing Norma was third fastest.

The GT3 pole went to the no71 Luzich Racing Ferrari F488 GT3 of Fabien Lavergne, the French driver lapping the Paul Ricard track in a time of 1m54.940, denying another pole position for reigning champion Sergio Pianezzola by 0.346 seconds.  Pianezzola, in the no8 Kessel Racing Ferrari, made a last minute attempt to take the pole but pushed too hard and went wide at Signes.

It was a four way battle for the top spot in this afternoon’s two hour race, the no35 Krypton Motorpsort Mercedes AMG GT3 of Stefano Pezzucchi and the no51 Spirit of Race Ferrari of Christoph Ulrich set quick times and ended the 15 minute session in 3rd and 4th respectively.

Round 1 of the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup will take place at 16h00 CET.

CLICK HERE for the results from qualifying for Round 1.

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