Paul Tracy knocked Bruno Junqueira off top spot to claim provisional pole position for Monday's London Champ Car Trophy. The veteran Canadian was the final car to take his four-lap 'Indy' style single car qualifying run and came agonisingly close to breaking into the 36-second barrier.

Tracy stopped the clocks in a time of 37.006secs on his fourth and final flying lap to depose the Brazilian Newman-Haas Racing driver and claim an extra Championship point and a guaranteed place on the front row for Monday's 165-lap race.

Although it is only Saturday, Tracy has already put himself in an excellent position to continue his early-season winning streak as overtaking is expected to be nigh on impossible around the tight confines of the seven-turn, 1.2-mile Indy circuit.

Tracy's best lap pushed Junqueira onto the outside of the front row, the Brazilian driver having stopped the clocks at a best time of 3.022secs several minutes previously. Tracy was the 19th and final driver to make his qualifying run in a session that dragged on longer than many anticipated due to Ryan Hunter-Reay's relatively harmless spin on the front straight and a rather embarrassing situation that saw Joel Camathias and Tiago Monteiro sort-changed with the amount of green flag laps they were given. The session later had to be delayed while the two drivers re-warmed their tyres and completed their flying green flag laps.

Behind the leading two, Sebastien Bourdais placed his Newman-Haas Racing Lola-Ford in third position with a best time of 37.112secs with Oriol Servia once again showing the potential of Patrick Racings Lola with fourth fastest time.

Briton Darren Manning gave the decent sized, if chilly, crowd something to cheer abut as he briefly held a place on the front row alongside Servia but by the end of the session the Englishman found himself in fifth position with a best time of 37.565secs, a time he set on his fourth and final flying lap, much like Tracy.


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