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Nissan Teams Enjoy Strong Le Mans Qualifying

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Nissan dominated LMP2 qualifying for the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans, taking the top three spots in class.

All three qualifying sessions were affected by red flag periods, with most teams opting to run in race trim in order to prepare themselves for the race, rather than focus on starting positions.

Pole position went to the #24 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan, joined on the front row by the #26 Oreca-Nissan of G-Drive Racing. Jota Sport‘s Zytek-Nissan will start from third in class.

“The time we held was set during the first session last night and, as we were running in race spec today we knew that we could be beaten,” said Roman Rusinov, driver of the #26. “A little rain would have been great for us but the weather held out. This is a 24-hour race so pole isn’t everything but of course it would have been good to take the point for pole.”

The #42 Greaves Motorsport car could only manage to qualify in 12th, having run in full race trim during all three qualifying sessions. Jan Mardenborough, driver for the #42, completed all the required laps in order to qualify for the race as a Le Mans rookie.

“It was actually very difficult as none of us have had a huge amount of time in the car,” explained Mardenborough. “The red flags made it tricky for everyone but it was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait for Saturday to come around now.”

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