Dino Lunardi set the early running in the #19 Duqueine Engineering Ligier with a 1:51.045 but was almost immediately demoted by both of the United Autosports cars, Wayne Boyd topping the times momentarily before Alex Brundle’s 1:50.355 grabbed provisional pole for the Championship winning #2, edging out Boyd by under 2 tenths.
With the track still wet there were a pair of rotations for the #4 Oak Racing car of Erik Maris but with no harm done. the #7 Villorba Corse car wad a gravelly moment but rejoined.
Antonin Borga meanwhile was up to fourth in the #20 Ducqueine Ligier.
Simon Gachet in the #16 Panis Barthez car scored some impressive first sector times but was unable to convert them to anything better than 5th on the grid before the checkered flag came out.
United Autosports then lock out the front row in the class and, perhaps surprisingly, score the first Pole for the Championship winning #2 car into the bargain.
Alex Brundle: “The grip delivery of our car was instantaneous and that was a positive surprise for me. Overall, this 1-2 reflects a great performance of the team. As the track was drying and as we do not have inters in LMP3, my tires were overheating… it was like driving on balloons as they built up in pressure:
That means that the 2016 Series has seen six different polesetters in the six races!
It’s the fourth front row start for the #3 car and the first front-row lock out for the team!