CTMP IMSA: Braun’s Nissan beats Acura, Mazda to pole
Colin Braun took pole for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, his CORE autosport-run Nissan DPi edging Acura's Helio Castroneves by 0.074sec.
Braun lapped the 2.459-mile course in 65.452sec in the Prototype battle for pole and Castroneves spun his Acura Team Penske ARX-05 at Turn 5 trying to respond, although he held onto his front-row slot.
Jonathan Bomarito was 0.328sec behind in the Watkins Glen-winning Mazda RT24-P, with Juan Pablo Montoya grabbing fourth in the second Acura ahead of the second Mazda of Tristan Nunez.
Felipe Nasr was pinged for exceeding track limits in the #31 Action Express Racing entry but was fastest of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, a mere 0.05sec quicker than teammate Filipe Albuquerque.
Jordan Taylor was 0.8sec off the ultimate pace in the Wayner Taylor Racing Caddy, while Simon Trummer was 0.275sec faster than JDC Miller Motorsports teammate Misha Goikhberg, as Will Owen’s Juncos Racing Cadillac was 11th and last.
Of the two LMP2 cars, Kyle Masson’s Performance Tech Motorsports machine eclipsed sportscar debutant and local star Dalton Kellett of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport by half a second.
Jesse Krohn set a stunning 1min13.086sec lap in the #24 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing BMW M8, and when teammate Tom Blomqvist – a CTMP debutant – spun exiting Turn 9, the Finn’s first ever GT Le Mans pole was secured by almost half a second.
Ryan Briscoe was fourth in the #67 Ford GT to narrowly edge the faster of the two Porsche 911 RSRs, driven by Patrick Pilet.
The faster Corvette C7.R, that of reigning GTLM champion Jan Magnussen, was left 1.2sec adrift, while teammate Marcel Fassler – subbing for the injured Tommy Milner – was a further 0.474sec down in his first qualifying experience at CTMP.
In GT Daytona, the battle for pole was between Turner Motorsports’ BMW M6, Trent Hindman’s Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura NSX and Ben Keating in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3.
In the end it was Foley who made the grade, topping the times by a mere 0.081sec with a 1min16.172sec ahead of Keating, while Hindman was just 0.1sec further adrift. This trio finished more than half a second up on the opposition.
Next was Hindman’s teammate in the Heinricher Racing NSX, Ana Beatriz, with Zachary Robichon fifth in the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-R ahead of Frankie Montecalvo in the faster of the AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC Fs.
Reigning GTD champion team Paul Miller Racing has sadly had to withdraw its Lamborghini Huracan from the event following Ryan Hardwick’s contact with a JDC Miller Motorsport Cadillac in FP3 this morning that sent the Lambo into the Turn 2 barrier.
|1||54|| Jon Bennett |
|2||7|| Helio Castroneves |
|3||55|| Jonathan Bomarito |
|4||6|| Juan Pablo Montoya |
|5||77|| Oliver Jarvis |
|6||31|| Felipe Nasr |
|7||5|| Joao Barbosa |
|8||10|| Renger van der Zande |
|9||84|| Simon Trummer |
|10||85|| Mikhail Goikhberg |
|11||50|| Will Owen |
|12||38|| Kyle Masson |
|13||52|| Matt McMurry |
|14||24|| Jesse Krohn |
|GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||1'13.086||7.634|
|15||25|| Tom Blomqvist |
Connor de Phillippi
|GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||1'13.548||8.096|
|16||67|| Ryan Briscoe |
|17||911|| Patrick Pilet |
|GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR||1'13.829||8.377|
|18||912|| Earl Bamber |
|GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR||1'14.050||8.598|
|19||66|| Joey Hand |
|20||3|| Jan Magnussen |
|21||4|| Oliver Gavin |
|22||96|| Bill Auberlen |
|GTD||BMW M6 GT3||1'16.172||10.720|
|23||33|| Ben Keating |
|24||86|| Mario Farnbacher |
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'16.353||10.901|
|25||57|| Katherine Legge |
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'16.865||11.413|
|26||9|| Scott Hargrove |
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R||1'16.959||11.507|
|27||12|| Frankie Montecalvo |
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||1'17.009||11.557|
|28||73|| Patrick Lindsey |
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R||1'17.073||11.621|
|29||14|| Richard Heistand |
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||1'17.267||11.815|
|30||63|| Cooper MacNeil |
|GTD||Ferrari 488 GT3||1'17.301||11.849|
|31||76|| Paul Holton |
|GTD||McLaren 720S GT3||1'17.316||11.864|
|32||74|| Gar Robinson |
|33||44|| John Potter |
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||1'18.110||12.658|
|34||48|| Bryan Sellers |
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||0.000|
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