ELMS – 26/10/2019 – Jeff CARTER
The no22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson will start the 4 Hours of Portimão from pole position after local hero Filipe Albuquerque snatched pole position at the chequered flag by 0.068 seconds from Ben Hanley in the no21 Dragonspeed Oreca.
Albuquerque and teammate Phil Hanson won the last race in Belgium from pole position and will be hoping to emulate that result in Portugal at the final event of the 2019 European Le Mans Series season. The no22 Oreca lapped the Portimão track in 1m31.244 just slipping inside Hanley’s best time of 1m31.312
The no23 Panis Barthez Competition Oreca of Will Stevens heads up the second row, 0.175s behind the pole time, with the no32 United Autosports Oreca of Alex Brundle claiming the fourth spot on the grid, 0.6 seconds behind his teammate.
Championship contenders Idec Sport will head row 3 after Paul Loup Chatin lapped in 1m32.067 in the no28 Oreca, with championship leaders G-Drive Racing finishing the session in 8th place.
LMP3: Lucas Légeret secured a hat-trick of poles in 2019 as the Swiss driver put the no19 M Racing Norma at the head of the 13 strong LMP3 field for the 4 Hours of Portimão. Légeret posted a 1m39.913 on his first flying lap and then followed it with a 1m39.179, which proved to be the best of the 10-minute session.
Fellow Swiss driver David Droux put the no9 Realteam Racing Norma on the class front row finishing the session 0.281s behind the no19 Norma and pushing the no17 Ultimate Norma down to 3rd by just 0.036s after Matthieu Lahaye had challenged for pole early in the session.
Championship leaders Eurointernational will start on the second row with Mikkel Jensen posting the fourth fastest time, with his title rival Nigel Moore only able to post the ninth best time in the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier.
LMGTE: Matteo Cairoli scored the fourth pole position of the 2019 ELMS season for the no77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche, the Italian heading a Porsche 1-2 in qualifying for the 4 Hours of Portimão. Cairoli’s time of 1m41.121 was 0.120s ahead of Thomas Preining in the no88 Proton Competition 911 RSR, with the no60 Kessel Racing Ferrari of Andrea Piccini third quickest just 0.012s behind Preining.
Champions elect Luzich Racing finished the final qualifying session of 2019 in 4th place after Alessandro Pier Guidi was 0.271s behind the pole position holder.