Qualifying for the 4 Hours of Le Castellet, the first round of the European Le Mans Series 2022, has delivered its verdict. There was good and less good in the camp of the Belgians. The main satisfaction came from Sarah Bovy, registered on the Ferrari 488 n°83 of the 100% female Iron Dames crew.
In a GTE session where the bronze drivers were responsible for setting the qualifying time, the Liégeoise set the 3rd time. A fine performance for Sarah who failed 265 thousandths behind the No. 32 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari of Memo Gidley who will start on pole in the category. Alessio Picariello’s team-mate, Indonesian Andrew Haryanto, meanwhile set their sixth fastest time, at 885 thousandths, in the n°18 Absolute Racing Porsche 911 RSR. The Belgians will therefore be well placed for a choice result in GTE.
On the other hand, it was not joy in the stronghold of Ugo de Wilde. His French team-mate, the excellent Thomas Laurent, was particularly unlucky in the session reserved for LMP2. The #21 Oreca of the Spa team Mühlner Motorsports will start from 13th place. Laurent must never have had the opportunity to sign a good lap, trapped by the yellow flags at the end of the session and, above all, the red flag raised at the very end following the immobilization at the edge of the track of the ‘Oreca Graff by David Droux. It was Mathias Beche (No. 31 Oreca Vaillante TDS) who took pole in 1:43.038.
In LMP3, the qualifying results were satisfactory for our national drivers. Registered on the Duqueine of the eupenoise team DKR, Tom Van Rompuy will start 4th thanks to the good performance of his Mexican team-mate Sebastian Alvarez. Eighth time for the Eurointernational Ligier n°10 of Tom Cloet. Pole was taken by the #17 COOL Ligier of Benham-Jakobsen-Smith.
The start of the 4 Hours of Le Castellet will be given this Sunday at 11 am.