Rolex 24: Jarvis and Mazda beat Acuras to pole

Oliver Jarvis put the #77 Mazda RT24-P on pole for the 57th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, but the battle was closer than anticipated as Ricky Taylor was only two tenths slower in the lead Acura ARX-05.

Rolex 24: Jarvis and Mazda beat Acuras to pole


Jarvis turned three sub-1min34sec laps to eventually set a 1min33.685sec which was fast enough to eclipse teammate Jonathan Bomarito in the #55 Mazda by half a second.

But in the waning minutes, Acura Team Penske showed its hand, with Taylor and Juan Pablo Montoya filling that gap, the former whittling down to a 1min33.873sec lap, and JPM coming up a further 0.222sec short.

Bomarito retained fourth, while reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Prototype champion Felipe Nasr produced a 1m34.433s to top the Cadillac DPi-V.R. contingent in the #31 Action Express Racing car.

Jordan Taylor in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy was precisely 0.2sec faster than the similar car of Juncos Racing in the hands of impressive IMSA debutant Agustin Canapino.

Action Express Racing’s defending Rolex 24-winning car suffered a brake fire in the hands of Filipe Albuquerque and will start from the back of the DPi field.

James Allen took LMP2 pole by over half a second for DragonSpeed ahead of Gabriel Aubry in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, the pair both qualifying ahead of Jon Bennett’s CORE autosport Nissan DPi.

GT Le Mans

Nick Tandy grabbed pole for Porsche by over 0.3sec as four different brands filled the top four places in the category.

The #911 911 RSR eclipsed the best effort of reigning IMSA GTLM champion Jan Magnussen of Corvette Racing by 0.326sec, while Ryan Briscoe in the #67 Ford GT, Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 driven by Davide Rigon and Earl Bamber in the #912 Porsche were mere hundredths apart in second through fifth.

Joey Hand was sixth in the second Ford ahead of both BMW M8s and the Corvette of 2016 Rolex 24 winner Oliver Gavin.

GT Daytona

Marcos Gomes put Via Italia’s Ferrari 488 on pole by a mere 0.067sec as the top four Silver and Bronze drivers battled hard for pre-eminence, each one split by less than one tenth of a second.

Ben Keating was second best in the Mercedes AMG GT run by Riley Motorsports, just ahead of Trent Hindman in the #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX, and Giacomo Altoe in Ebimotors’ Lamborghini Huracan.

Over half a second off the pace was the Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini of Rolf Ineichen, the Spirit of Race Ferrari of Mathias Lauda, and Spencer Pumpelly’s Magnus Racing Lambo completing the top seven.

The top two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs of Lars Kern (Pfaff Motorsports) and Patrick Lindsey (Park Place Motorsports) were split by Corey Lewis in the Huracan of GTD champions Paul Miller Racing.

Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Qualifying:

Pos. # Drivers Class Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Germany Timo Bernhard
Germany René Rast
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 5 1'33.685  
2 7 United States Alexander Rossi
Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 4 1'33.873 0.188
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
France Simon Pagenaud
United States Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 6 1'34.095 0.410
4 55 United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
France Olivier Pla
United States Jonathan Bomarito
DPi Mazda DPi 4 1'34.212 0.527
5 31 Brazil Pipo Derani
United States Eric Curran
Brazil Felipe Nasr
DPi Cadillac DPi 5 1'34.433 0.748
6 10 Spain Fernando Alonso
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
DPi Cadillac DPi 5 1'34.479 0.794
7 50 United States Kyle Kaiser
Austria Rene Binder
United States Will Owen
Agustin Canapino
DPi Cadillac DPi 8 1'34.679 0.994
8 85 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
Canada Devlin DeFrancesco
DPi Cadillac DPi 8 1'35.369 1.684
9 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
Colombia Juan Piedrahita
United States Chris Miller
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 8 1'35.442 1.757
10 81 France Nicolas Lapierre 
Sweden Henrik Hedman
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
Australia James Allen
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 9 1'35.904 2.219
11 52 United States Matt McMurry
United States Mark Kvamme
France Enzo Guibbert
France Gabriel Aubry
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 8 1'36.427 2.742
12 54 France Loic Duval
France Romain Dumas
United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi 8 1'36.686 3.001
13 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
Mexico Roberto Gonzalez
Colombia Sebastian Saavedra
Ireland Ryan Cullen
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 9 1'37.377 3.692
14 38 United States Kris Wright
Kyle Masson
Canada Cameron Cassels
Robert Masson
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 8 1'38.121 4.436
15 911 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Patrick Pilet
France Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 7 1'42.257 8.572
16 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
GTLM Corvette C7.R 8 1'42.583 8.898
17 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
New Zealand Scott Dixon
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 7 1'42.634 8.949
18 62 United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Davide Rigon
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Spain Miguel Molina
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 6 1'42.712 9.027
19 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
France Mathieu Jaminet
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 8 1'42.796 9.111
20 66 France Sébastien Bourdais
United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 6 1'42.920 9.235
21 24 United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
Australia Chaz Mostert
Italy Alex Zanardi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 5 1'42.953 9.268
22 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
Brazil Augusto Farfus
Austria Philipp Eng
United States Colton Herta
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 5 1'42.986 9.301
23 4 Switzerland Marcel Fassler
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 8 1'43.239 9.554
24 13 Italy Andrea Bertolini
Brazil Victor Franzoni
Chico Longo
Marcos Gomes
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 7 1'45.257 11.572
25 33 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United States Ben Keating
Germany Luca Stolz
Felipe Fraga
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 4 1'45.324 11.639
26 86 United States A.J. Allmendinger
United States Justin Marks
Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
GTD Acura NSX GT3 6 1'45.396 11.711
27 46 Italy Fabio Babini
Italy Emanuele Busnelli
Taylor Proto
Giacomo Altoè
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1'45.475 11.790
28 11 Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Netherlands Rik Breukers
Germany Christian Engelhart
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 6 1'45.816 12.131
29 51 Portugal Pedro Lamy
Canada Paul Dalla Lana
Austria Mathias Lauda
Brazil Daniel Serra
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 8 1'45.852 12.167
30 44 United States Andy Lally
Italy Marco Mapelli
United States Spencer Pumpelly
United States John Potter
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1'45.855 12.170
31 9 Canada Scott Hargrove
Lars Kern
Dennis Olsen
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 6 1'45.945 12.260
32 48 United States Corey Lewis
United States Bryan Sellers
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
Ryan Hardwick
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1'46.040 12.355
33 73 United States Patrick Long
United States Patrick Lindsey
United States Nicholas Boulle
Australia Matt Campbell
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 7 1'46.103 12.418
34 57 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
Ana Figueiredo
GTD Acura NSX GT3 7 1'46.116 12.431
35 14 United States Austin Cindric
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Richard Heistand
New Zealand Nick Cassidy
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 6 1'46.214 12.529
36 540 Germany Marco Seefried
United States Tim Pappas
Germany Dirk Werner
Italy Matteo Cairoli
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 5 1'46.231 12.546
37 12 United States Townsend Bell
United States Jeff Segal
United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 6 1'46.270 12.585
38 29 Canada Daniel Morad
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
Germany Christopher Mies
Switzerland Richard Feller
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 6 1'46.309 12.624
39 63 Finland Toni Vilander
Germany Dominik Farnbacher
United States Cooper MacNeil
Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 7 1'46.321 12.636
40 99 Austria Klaus Bachler
Germany Sven Muller
Germany Alfred Renauer
Juergen Haering
Steffen Goerig
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 7 1'46.669 12.984
41 8 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
United States Parker Chase
Argentina Ezequiel Perez Companc
Chris Haase
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 7 1'46.710 13.025
42 19 Germany Markus Winkelhock
United States Andrew Davis
United States Will Hardeman
Spain Alex Riberas
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 8 1'46.781 13.096
43 88 United Kingdom Ian James
Belgium Frederic Vervisch
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Roman DeAngelis
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 8 1'47.368 13.683
44 71 Germany Fabian Schiller
Austria Dominik Baumann
Germany Maximilian Buhk
JC Perez
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 7 1'47.447 13.762
45 47 United States Don Yount
Serbia Milos Pavlovic
Steve Dunn
Sweden Linus Lundqvist
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1'47.809 14.124
46 5 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Portugal Joao Barbosa
DPi Cadillac DPi      
47 96 United States Bill Auberlen
Germany Jens Klingmann
United States Robby Foley
United States Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 5    
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