ended the delayed 45-minute session just 0.017secs faster than the
similar Joest-run Audi R8 of series leaders Frank Biela and Marco
Werner. A second and final prctice session is staged prior to a
20-minute qualifying session for the 37-car field later this
1 Marco Werner (Joest Audi R8) 49.231secs
2 JJ Lehto (ADT Champion Audi R8) 51.149secs
Field (Lola MG) 51.418secs
4 Butch Leitzinger (Lola MG) 51.719secs
The Team ADT
Champion Racing Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto starts the
Grand Prix Americas from pole-position on the 37-car grid in
Downtown Miami. Lehto stopped the clock at 47.848secs in the
shortened qualifying session around the 1.15-mile temporary street
Champion Racing and
Lehto lie second and third in the Teams’ and Driver’s standings
respectively with just one race remaining after the 165-minute Miami
race in the nine-event North American sportscar endurance series.
Lehto set the “pole” time on his very last flying lap before the
time trial was curtailed early when Jon Field crashed the Intersport
heavily. JJ’s time
was a mere 0.039secs faster than the similar Audi R8 of Marco Werner
but earns the Champion squad its first overall pole of the season.
For Team ADT
Champion Racing, the Miami race is very much a “home” event, the
Pompano Beach outfit based less than 40-miles north up the I-95.
The Florida team, which finished third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in
June, is bidding to score its third American Le Mans Series race
victory of the season.
“I’m delighted to have rewarded the team with its first ALMS pole
of the year – especially considering it’s Champion’s home race.
We’ve got ourselves a good car for the race but it will be very
tough – lapping the backmarkers will be incredible on such a tight
track for almost three hours. Last year’s Miami race was my best
ALMS event of the year finishing second. I’m hoping to go one
better this time for Team ADT Champion Racing especially after
getting this pole.”