lap times came down and down during Saturday's frantic 20-minute
qualifying session for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race in
Trois-Rivières, and when the checkered flag fell Johnny Herbert had
set the second-fastest time of the session and will start on the first
row, next to Joest Racing's Marco Werner.
Herbert had topped the time sheets in both
Friday testing and Saturday morning practice at the scenic street
course in Quebec, Canada.
Herbert, driving the ADT Champion Racing Audi R8
that he will co-drive with JJ Lehto, turned the 1.521-mile street
racing circuit in 59.358secs to lead the field overall in the first
timed practice, also pacing the LMP 900 class.
The Infineon Team Joest Audi
R8, rebuilt after Friday’s crash in testing, was second-fastest in the
practice session at 59.442. German drivers Frank Biela and Marco
Werner will co-drive the car.
But in qualifying, Werner was
able to set a stunning lap record time of just 57.740 seconds, with
Herbert's best at 58.396 seconds to round out an all-Audi front row.
Sunday's three-hour timed race
starts at 2:45 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised live in North America
by the SPEED Channel. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have
live coverage online at
Top times from Saturday Qualifying at
1. Marco Werner; Audi R8 (P900), 57.740, 94.832
2. Johnny Herbert, England; Audi R-8
(P900), 58.396, 93.767
3. Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Lola EX257/AER MG (P675),
4. Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Panoz LMP01/EPP (P900), 59.148, 92.575
5. Gunnar Jeannette, Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Panoz LMP01/EPP (P900),