Priaulx’s Provisional Pole

This weekend sees the 79th running of the Le Mans 24 hour race in Central France. Speed Hillclimbing is well represented at the Circuit de la Sarthe with 1995 British Hillclimb Champion Andy Priaulx right at the sharp end of what is probably the most competitive class at the event.

Priaulx, driving his Schnitzer Motorsport BMW M3 GT2 alongside Dirk Muller and Joey Hand, went out early in last nights 1st qualifying session and set the pace with a 3:58.426s lap. Several drivers looked likely to challenge the Guernseymans time but none managed to get there. The closest challengers were the ‘F1′ team of Gianmaria Bruni & Giancarlo Fisichella, sharing their Ferrari F458 with GT specialist Toni Villander.

The GTE Pro class that Priaulx and his team mates run in is likely to be the talk of the race, 1st qualifying has seen the top 8 cars within 1.5s (on an 8 mile track), and these 8 cars are from 4 different manufacturers!

Final qualifying will take place tonight with sesssions from 18.00hrs until 20.00hrs and then 21.00hrs until 23.00hrs (BST). To find out how Speed Hillclimbings best export gets on then follow the action live at the excellent radiolemans.com!

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