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Sebastien Bourdais surges to pole at Mid-Ohio

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Sunday 3rd August, 2014 - 6:57am

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Sebastien Bourdais claims pole in a wet qualfiying session at Mid Ohio

Sebastien Bourdais claims pole in a wet qualfiying session at Mid Ohio

Sebastien Bourdais continued his late season resurgence by spearing to pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course.

Hot on the heels of his Race 1 win at Toronto, KVSH Racing driver Bourdais prevailed in the Fast Six to Sarah Fisher Harman Racing’s Josef Newgarden.

Chip Ganassi driver Tony Kanaan claimed third in 1:25.02s, almost 1s astern of Bourdais’ effort.

Andretti Autosport pair Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay were fourth and fifth ahead of Penske’s Will Power who was sixth in the final stanza of qualifying.

Championship leader Helio Castroneves, who goes into the race with a 13-point lead over Power was 15th in the #3 Penske Chevrolet while Australia’s Ryan Briscoe (Chip Ganassi) will start from 19th.

“The last lap I knew I was shy and needed some more, so I just went for it and made it stick and that Mystic machine gave me everything it had,” Bourdais said.

Scott Dixon will start from last position after having his two fastest laps in Round 1 disallowed after spinning off the course which drew a red flag.

The session saw rain play havoc with qualifying with all runners using wet Firestone rubber.

Meanwhile English driver Jack Harvey has claimed his maiden Indy Lights win in the opening leg of the double-header meeting for the second tier category at Mid-Ohio.

Harvey, 21, dominated the 30-lap race from pole to score by 17.3s over series leader Gabby Chaves.

Luiz Razia, Harvey’s Schmidt team-mate was third ahead of the Andretti Autosport team-mates Zach Veach and Matthew Brabham.

Brabham had a battle with Veach early in the race before the third generation racer secured fourth however five laps from the end he experienced gear shift problems and subsequently dropped a position.

See below for qualifying results

 1

Sebastien Bourdais

KV/Chevy

 1.24.1610s

 2

Josef Newgarden

Fisher/Honda

 1.24.6787

+0.5177

 3

Tony Kanaan

Ganassi/Chevy

 1.25.0290

+0.8680

 4

Carlos Munoz

Andretti/Honda

 1.25.3111

+1.1501

 5

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti/Honda

 1.25.4459

+1.2849

 6

Will Power

Penske/Chevy

 1.26.1692

+2.0082

 7

Graham Rahal

Rahal/Honda

 1.33.3244

Round 2

 8

Justin Wilson

Coyne/Honda

 1.33.3948

Round 2

 9

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt/Honda

 1.33.5587

Round 2

10

Carlos Huertas

Coyne/Honda

 1.33.6635

Round 2

11

Juan Pablo Montoya

Penske/Chevy

 1.34.7103

Round 2

12

Mike Conway

Carpenter/Chevy

 1.34.8194

Round 2

13

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt/Honda

 1.39.4755

Group 1

14

Sebastian Saavedra

KV/Chevy

 1.39.0743

Group 2

15

Helio Castroneves

Penske/Chevy

 1.39.8694

Group 1

16

Marco Andretti

Andretti/Honda

 1.39.8368

Group 2

17

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti/Honda

 1.41.5197

Group 1

18

Jack Hawksworth

Herta/Honda

 1.40.0797

Group 2

19

Ryan Briscoe

Ganassi/Chevy

 Group 1

20

Charlie Kimball

Ganassi/Chevy

 1.40.8624

Group 2

21

Takuma Sato

Foyt/Honda

 Group 1

22

Scott Dixon

Ganassi/Chevy

 Group 2

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