Too bad, Mod... You really missed something, not because the session itself was anything spectacular, but the free live stream provided by Speed TV was of great quality!
Thanks to them for that.
It's true that the diesels didn't try to clinch the pole, especially Peugeot, whose #8 car did a single lap (Klien made another one because he spun in turn 7 for his first attempt)
. Then they didn't even bother to get back on track for the reminding ten minutes... Audi didn't do much more, so Acura's pole position isn't as exiting as it could seem at first sight.
Still, they are very close to Peugeot on the long runs, and possibly better whenever grip is low. (that last statement is however countered by the stunning pace of the Pugs during yesterday's night session on a drying track)
My bet for the race is definitly for an Audi victory, as they are quicker, and nearly unbeatable in terms of strategy (especially in the US)
Then the battle between Acura and Peugeot will be decided by how much the lions will have learned from their defeats. Last time they fough Audi, at PLM, they got beated by Mc Nish, while Alan was starting the race two laps down and had a slower car! This prove how wrong they were in adapting to the US way of racing, with random full course neutralisation poping up whenever the leader is opening the gap... Under those circumstances being the fastest means nothing, as there's no escaping the field allowed. Only way to win is through reliability, consistency, tyre usage, traffic management, and luck (obviously).
Now I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow. Mod, be sure to be ready for 4.00 pm (Kyiv time, it 3.00 for GMT+1)
or you'll be late again.