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LNT pleased with top 20 qualifying place

Former GT2 winners Team LNT will start the 77th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours from 18th on the grid after a solid performance in qualifying at La Sarthe.

Richard Dean posted the quickest time at the wheel of the factory Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S, with a time of 3min 35.804secs putting the car inside the top 20 on the timesheets.

“This was my first full test in an LMP1 so I'm pleased to have been able to lap at a consistent speed,” he said. “It's great to be back in the international arena and the team has set out what we achieved to do - which is to have a British car, engine and squad on the grid at the Le Mans 2009.”

The team also had to focus on getting youngster Nigel Moore qualified for the race, with the teenager completing the mandatory night lights to secure his slot on the grid alongside Dean and Lawrence Tomlinson.

“I'm pleased that my first night drive went so well – now we've got qualification under our belts we just want to get out there,” the 17-year-old said. “It's been a long week of preparation for the entire team but I know we're all happy with the way things have come together.”

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