News 13 Nov 2010

WEC: Cudlin’s BMP Elf 99 team takes Superpole at Qatar

The BMP Elf 99 Racing Team has continued its domination of the Qatar round of the Endurance World Championship.

After leading all the practices, the BMW of BMP Elf 99 Racing Team finished the second day of qualifications by taking the best from the three Superpole sessions.

Sébastien Gimbert signed the best lap in 2:00.343. Only Sylvain Guintoli on the GSX-R from Suzuki Endurance Racing Team managed to get close with a best lap in 2:00.862.

Yamaha Austria Racing Team took the third place with Steve Martin in 2:02.398, ahead of the surprising Honda RMT 21 with Arie Vos and the Yamaha X-One of Gianluca Vizziello.

The first Superstock bike is the Suzuki from Team Motor Events. With Baptiste Guittet, they will start from sixth position.

In Superpole 3, they outclassed another Superstock machine, the BMW Andalucia, but mostly the Yamaha France GMT 94 Ipone, in eighth and last position of the Superpole 3 as Matthieu Lagrive crashed.

The very hot track in Losail, Qatar (nearly 40 °C on the ground) is very challenging for the riders, the machines and the tyres.

Current Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship leader, Bolliger Team Switzerland will leave only from fourteenth position.

Since the beginning of this round, the private Swiss team is struggling with their chassis setup. Current leader of the FIM Superstock World Cup, Qatar Endurance Racing Team, will start from eleventh position.

The race will start tomorrow Saturday at 1.00pm local time in Qatar.

World Endurance Championship
Qatar Superpole results

1. BMP ELF 99 RACING TEAM 2:00.343
2. SERT 2:00.862
3. YART 2:02.398
4. RMT #21 RACING TEAM 2:03.467
5. TEAM X-ONE 2:03.930