Peugeot swept the front row of the grid for the Petit Le Mans, with Nicolas Minassian putting the No. 07 car on the top spot in front of Franck Montagny's No. 08 machine.
The Le Mans winning 908s had dominated at Road Atlanta since the start of practice on Thursday morning, and although Audi narrowed the gap in final practice earlier today, Peugeot proved unstoppable in qualifying trim.
Minassian's 1m06.937s beat Montagny by 0.223sec, while Dindo Capello was a full 1.2sec down on the Peugeots in the best of the Audis. The two R15 TDIs share the second row, with Lucas Luhr just 0.028sec slower than Capello.
Simon Pagenaud put the sole LMP1 Acura in the session in fifth place for De Ferran – the Highcroft car still being reconstructed around a new chassis following Scott Sharp's huge accident yesterday. Pagenaud pushed right to the end of the session to try and get among the diesels, eventually closing to within 0.2sec of the Audis and emerging over a second faster than the rest of the gasoline-powered field.
The De Ferran car will share row three with the ORECA, which just beat the Intersport Lola. The Drayson Lola is set to make its debut from ninth on the grid after Jonny Cocker stopped on track with a fuel pump problem and caused a brief red flag.
Marino Franchitti took another LMP2 pole for Dyson, while the sister Lola-Mazda sat out the session as it is running on a development fuel that will make it ineligible for points, so is using the event as a test. Cytosport Porsche's Klaus Graf beat the class champion Fernandez Acura to second, 1.2s down on Franchitti's dominant run.
The GT class saw a sensational battle for pole and a shock top-two for two of the American Le Mans Series' smallest teams.
Veteran David Murry gave Robertson Racing the first pole for its Doran Ford, ahead of the LG team's Riley Corvette. Murry had taken provisional pole early on, and was then pushed back to third as the No. 4 factory Corvette and then Tom Sutherland's Riley car jumped ahead. But Murry was not willing to relinquish the position and went back out for a second attempt – beating Sutherland by 0.058sec and Olivier Beretta by 0.093sec.
The Rahal Letterman BMWs were back in fourth and fifth after dominating practice – although Dirk Muller was still within a tenth of pole in the ultra-close field - while the No. 45 Flying Lizard car was the top Porsche in sixth.
The Risi Ferrari only managed a single flying lap before a tire blew and sent Jaime Melo back to the pits, leaving the car 10th in class.