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The first of two qualifying sessions today for the Group C field at Le Mans saw Ivan Vercoutere (Ivan was credited by the time-sheets but the smart money is on co-driver Ralf Kelleners actually setting that time...) quickest in his Porsche 962C, the 1990 car just sneaking into the C1A category and outpacing the C3A Peugeot 905 Ev1 Bis of Erik Marais - the use of the dial to crank up the turbo boost in the 962 cannot be ruled out!
Five cars ducked under four-minutes. the lead duo joined by the Lendoudis/Aguas Mercedes Benz, the always quick Michael Lyons’ Gebhardt, and the Campagne/Kalff Spice SE92. The session was interrupted by a slow zone when Richard Meins retired his Jaguar XJR-8 early on.
Philiipe Scemama was quickest Group C2 car in a superb tenth overall, almost 14 seconds quicker than the rest of the class.
Group C , Qualifying One:
1 C1A Ivan Vercoutere/Ralf Kelleners (Porsche 962C) 3m51.461s
2 C3A Erik Maris (Peugeot 905 Ev1 Bis) 3m54.483s
3 C1A Kriton Lendoudis/Rui Aguas (Mercedes Benz C11) 3m56.616s
4 C3A Michael Lyons (Gebhardt C91) 3m57.801s
5 C3A Michiel Campagne/Allard Kalff (Spice SE92 GTP) 3m58.631s
6 C1A Michel Lecourt/Raymond Narac (Porsche 962C) 4m01.323s
7 C1A Shaun Lynn (Jaguar XJR-9) 4m01.544s
8 C1A Pierre-Alain France/Erwin France (Nissan R90 CK) 4m02.648s
9 C3B Rob Huff (Spice SE89P) 4m04.195s