ELMS - Milesi Secures Pole for Panis Racing at Imola

European Le Mans Series
6 Jul. 2024 • 18:51
Blue skies and high temperatures greeted the teams and drivers for the third qualifying session of the 2024 European Le Mans Series. At the end of the final session Charles Milesi secured the pole position for the 4 Hours of Imola in the no65 Panis Racing Oreca-Gibson, the first pole for the French team since Barcelona in 2022.
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The session started with Robert Kubica in the no14 AO by TF Oreca setting the early pace with a 1m31.835, with Milesi moving up to second less than a tenth behind just as a red flag was waved to halt the session. The no30 Duqueine Team Oreca of James Allen was beached in the gravel at T13 and had to be removed before the session could resume.


With just under 7 minutes on the clock the session went green with reigning LMP2 champion Alex Lynn going into the top spot in the no25 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca-Gibson with a 1m31.307 lap, which he improved a lap later to 1m30.961.


Kubica went back to second with a 1m31.354 but was pushed back to third almost immediately by Milesi, who posted a 1m31.131.


As the chequered flag was shown to bring the session to a close, the no47 COOL Racing Oreca of Fred Vesti went second, with teammate Malthe Jakobsen in the no37 Oreca going third. However, this didn’t last long as Charles Milesi went to the top of the timing screens with a 1m30.829, pushing Alex Lynn into second place by 0.132s.


The no10 Vector Sport Oreca of Felipe Drugovich also put in a fast last lap to secure 3rd spot on the grid with a 1m30.988, just ahead of Vesti’s COOL Racing Oreca.


LMP2 Pro/Am: Roda Claims His Third Pole for Home Race


Giorgio Roda took his third pole from three attempts in the no77 Proton Competition Oreca-Gibson and will start his home race at the head of the LMP2 Pro/Am category.


Roda’s time of 1m33.093 was over a second ahead of the rest of the field until the very last lap when Rodrigo Sales closed the gap to 0.532s in the no29 Richard Mille by TDS Oreca-Gibson, which means the 4 Hours of Le Castellet winner will start the 4 Hours of Imola on the front row of the Pro/Am grid with a lap of 1m33.625.


Francois Perrodo was third fastest in the no83 AF Corse Oreca, the reigning LMP2 Pro/Am champion recording a 1m34.120, 0.238s ahead of Tony Wells in the no19 Team Virage Oreca-Gibson.


LMP3: Brichacek Puts DKR Engineering on Pole


A drama filled qualifying session saw the no4 DKR Engineering Duqueine take the LMP3 pole for the 4 Hours of Imola with Wyatt Brichacek posting a 1m37.776 to beat the no12 WTM by Rinaldi Racing Duqueine of Oscar Tunjo by 0.243s.This means the front row is filled by the only two Duqueine D08-M30s in the series.


Row 2 will be headed by the no15 RLR MSport Ligier of Gael Julien, the 4 Hours of Le Castellet setting a lap of 1m38.564, 0.788s behind the lead car and 0.073s ahead of the no88 Inter Europol Competition Ligier of Kai Askey, who leapt up the order with a 1m38.637 lap at the chequered flag.


LMGT3: Bovy Makes it Three from Three in Imola


Sarah Bovy took her third pole position of the 2024 ELMS season and will head the LMGT3 grid for tomorrow’s 4 Hours of Imola.The Belgian driver posted her fastest time in the no85 Iron Dames Porsche 911 on the very last lap to move to the top of the time sheet with a 1m43.349, pushing the no59 Racing Spirit of Leman Aston Martin of Derek Deboer into second spot, the American recording a best time of 1m43.476.


The grid will have an all Japanese second row with the no63 Iron Lynx Lamborghini Huracan of Hiroshi Hamaguchi finishing two tenths ahead of the no57 Kessel Racing Ferrari 296 of Takeshi Kimura.This also means all four LMGT3 manufacturers are represented on the first two rows of the class grid.


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