Fabien Lavergne snatched pole position in the #30 CD Sport Norma M30 with a lap of 1:27.415 this afternoon at the Red Bull Ring, the result marking CD Sport’s first Michelin Le Mans Cup pole.
“I had a very good feeling. I did not have a clear lap but I could push anytime I wanted” said the Frenchman at the end of the session. after his controlling performance.
Normas locked the front row of the grid with Jan Petersen in the #3 DKR Engineering Norma taking second, eventually ending up less than one tenth behind the pole sitting car (1:27.469). Third in the category was another Norma M30 – the #40 Graff driven by Adrien Chila (1:27.960).
Just outside the top three meanwhile, were the first of the Ligier contingent. The two Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen Racing JS P3s will line up fourth and fifth, with the #79 driven by Alasdair McCaig (1.28.058) leading the #2 (1.28.096) with Anthony Wells at the wheel.
Meanwhile in the GT3 category, Stefano Pezzucchi took pole in the the #35 Krypton Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 (1:29.730) on the team’s inaugural Michelin Le Mans Cup weekend.
His fastest lap was clocked in the final minutes of the session, just moments after the Italian went wide in the gravel trap at Turn 6.
“The track was not optimal. But the car was perfect, I had a lot of fun” said Pezzucchi after the end of the session. “I tried to do my best. [In the end,] I was able to improve [my lap times] a lot”.
The second fastest GT3 class car was the #8 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3, which is driven by Sergio Pianezzola and Giacomo Piccini, the car ending up more than a full second behind the pole-sitting car (1:30.887).
Taking the final podium position in the category was the #88 Ebimotors Porsche 911 GT3 R shared by Paolo Venerosi and Alessandro Baccani (1:30.925).
The race will take place at 16:00 local time this afternoon.
Photos courtesy of Le Mans Cup