Winner of the Dyson Racing Line-Up Score Pole at Lime Rock

Dyson RacesThe team’s pair of Lola-Mazda P1 cars will start the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix from first to fourth after qualifying for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) team race at Lime Rock Park.

Drive team entry # 16 Guy Black-smith established the pole lap to give the Poughkeepsie, New York-based team the pole at the small Connecticut site for the second year in a row. 12 months ago, the pole position, established by Smith’s co-driver Chris Dyson was part of the dominant weekend for the team as the duo combined to lead 165 of the 187 laps completed during the two-hour and 45-minute event.

During the 15-minute qualifying session for the ALMS Prototype classes, Smith battled for the fastest time with Lucas Luhr driving the Muscle Milk Racing HPD race.

“It was tight during qualifying”, rated Smith. “It has been an uphill battle for us this year. Rob Dyson told us after Mazda Raceway, “look guys, we’ve got to fight and go out there and do it. He gave us the opportunity to test and test and we went to the seven station platform and did everything we could. It’s a credit to the guys and the work they’ve done in the very hot weather. Last year this race was a turning point and I hope it has already been seen.

Luhr had to settle for second place on the grid a tenth behind Smith’s pole lap of 44.017 seconds, the German filling sandwiched between the two Dyson cars in the P1 times, Eric Lux and Michael Marsal make their second race start of the year.

It was Lux – LMPC class winner at Lime Rock last year – who qualified the car with a best time of 46.552 seconds to leave the car fourth overall behind the best car in class P2 in third square.

“The team gave me a great car” Eric said. “Michael got up to speed really quickly and did a great job in training. I did a few initial laps in qualifying and came to make a change. The car was understeering and we were able to deal with it about 60%. We will continue this change overnight and the car will be even better tomorrow.

The 2012 North East Grand Prix is ​​scheduled to start at 3pm local time (8pm UK time).

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