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Qualifying kicked off at 13:50 local time here at Imola with the LM GTE cars out on track first. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari took and early lead only to the be usurped by the #66 JMW Motorsport run 458 Italia a lap later. A late run saw Wolf Henzler in the #77 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR take the fastest time as the flag fell setting a 1:41.269. A dismal qualifying session saw the Beechdean Aston Martin squad over 3s off the leaders lap placing them 42nd on the grid overall. The final positions were:

  1. Proton Competition #77 (Wolf Henzler) – 1:41.269
  2. JMW Motorsport #66 (Andrea Bertolini) – 1:41.310
  3. Proton Competition #88 (Klaus Bachler)  1:41.397

Next out were the LMP3 cars with Alex Brundle in the #2 United Autosports Ligier setting the early pace with the Eurointernational car snapping his heels. After two laps Wayne Boyd in the sister #3 United Autosports car set the fastest time which would stick until the end of the session. Qualifying positions for the top three were:

  1. United Autosports #3 (Wayne Boyd) – 1:39.256
  2. Eurointernational #11 (Giorgio Mondini) – 1:39.401
  3. United Autosports #2 (Alex Brundle) – 1:39.622

Last out were the LMP2 prototypes. Nicola Lapierre in the #21 Dragonspeed Oreca 05 – Nissan set the early pace with a 1:34.1321 on his initial flying lap. Jakub Giermaziak in the #41 Greeves Ligier was close on his heels until Olivia Pla piloting the bright green Krohn car passed him two laps in. Mathias Beche in the Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R was next into the mix clocking in a 1:33.993. At the end of a frantic session where the lead changed virtually every lap. At the end of the 10 minute qualifying stint the top three positions went to:

  1. #21 Dragonspeed (Nicolas Lapierre) – 1:33.780
  2. #46 Murphy Prototypes (Mathias Beche) – 1:33.815
  3. #23 Panis Barthez Competition (Paul Chatin) – 1:33.815

The race kicks off tomorrow at 14:00 local and full grid positions can be found HERE.