IMSA Road Atlanta: Acura, Porsche, Lexus take poles

Helio Castroneves in the Acura Team Penske ARX-05 car grabbed pole for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s six-hour race at Road Atlanta, while Nick Tandy nailed GTLM pole for Porsche, and Frankie Montecalvo returned the AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus team to the front of GT Daytona class.

Prototype

Castroneves laid down a brilliant lap to steal pole from the hitherto dominant car of the weekend, lapping the 2.54-mile road course in 68.674sec, a mere 0.056sec faster than ex-F1 driver Felipe Nasr in the Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. The Acuras, which had not looked so strong in practice had clearly saved their best ’til last, for Dane Cameron was just another 0.037sec behind claiming third ahead of the two Mazda RT24-Ps.

Given the tightness of the class, it was no surprise that some mistakes were made, Nasr taking a wild run off at Turn 1, and just escaping scraping a wall, Tincknell driving like Keke Rosberg using all the track, curb and more to try and improve his time.

Sebastien Bourdais clocked sixth fastest for JDC Miller Motorsports, beating Renger van der Zande’s Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac, and Matheus Leist in the second JDC Caddy.

Patrick Kelly ensured PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports will start ahead of Era Motorsport in the two-car LMP2 battle, Dwight Merriman surviving a spin in the latter machine.

GT Le Mans

Nick Tandy took pole in an astonishingly close battle for supremacy, in which five of the six cars were covered by one tenth, and the sixth was less than a further tenth away.

Tandy’s #911 Porsche 911 RSR lapped the course in 1min16.167sec, 0.014sec ahead of Antonio Garcia in the #3 Corvette C8.R who in turn had a mere 0.045sec edge over the sister car piloted by Tommy Milner.

Laurens Vanthoor scored fourth ahead of the two BMW M8s of Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

GT Daytona

Frankie Montecalvo took pole for AIM Vasser Sullivan, his Lexus RCF lapping 0.15sec faster than Madison Snow’s Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan and Jan Heylen in the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSXs of Shinya Michimi and Misha Goikhberg clocked fourth and sixth, sandwiching Steijn Schothorst in the Grasser Racing Lamborghini.

Robby Foley was seventh in the Turner Motorsports BMW M6 that won the class last time out at VIR, with Jeff Westphal’s WeatherTech Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 in eighth.

Michael de Quesada had a trip off the track in the second Lexus and couldn’t shift the cut grass from his grille and front air dam, so elected to pit and settle for ninth. That still left him ahead of Gar Robinson in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3

GRT Magnus elected not to go out for qualifying and instead save a set of tires for tomorrow.

Saturday’s six-hour TireRack.com Grand Prix at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta runs from 11.35am to 5.35pm local (Eastern) time.

cla num drivers class car laps time gap int mph
1 7 Hélio Castroneves
Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 8 1’08.674     133.151
2 31 Luiz Felipe Nasr
Filipe Albuquerque
Luis Felipe Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 8 1’08.730 0.056 0.056 133.042
3 6 Juan Pablo Montoya
Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 7 1’08.767 0.093 0.037 132.971
4 77 Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez
Olivier Pla
DPi Mazda DPi 11 1’08.916 0.242 0.149 132.683
5 55 Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell
Ryan Hunter-Reay
DPi Mazda DPi 10 1’08.948 0.274 0.032 132.622
6 5 João Barbosa
Sebastien Bourdais
Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 7 1’09.067 0.393 0.119 132.393
7 10 Renger van der Zande
Ryan Briscoe
DPi Cadillac DPi 10 1’09.079 0.405 0.012 132.370
8 85 Matheus Leist
Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 7 1’09.683 1.009 0.604 131.223
9 52 Patrick Kelly
Simon Trummer
Scott Huffaker
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 9 1’12.209 3.535 2.526 126.632
10 18 Dwight Merriman
Kyle Tilley
Colin Braun
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 4 1’15.490 6.816 3.281 121.129
11 911 Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR – 19 7 1’16.167 7.493 0.677 120.052
12 3 Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor
GTLM Corvette C8.R 10 1’16.181 7.507 0.014 120.030
13 4 Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C8.R 11 1’16.212 7.538 0.031 119.981
14 912 Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR – 19 7 1’16.245 7.571 0.033 119.929
15 25 Bruno Spengler
Connor de Phillippi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 6 1’16.253 7.579 0.008 119.917
16 24 Jesse Krohn
John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 5 1’16.359 7.685 0.106 119.750
17 12 Townsend Bell
Frankie Montecalvo
Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 6 1’19.757 11.083 3.398 114.648
18 48 Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Corey Lewis
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 7 1’19.907 11.233 0.150 114.433
19 16 Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long
Jan Heylen
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 7 1’19.920 11.246 0.013 114.414
20 86 Mario Farnbacher
Matthew McMurry
Shinya Michimi
GTD Acura NSX GT3 8 1’20.009 11.335 0.089 114.287
21 11 Richard Heistand
Steijn Schothorst
Richard Westbrook
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 10 1’20.125 11.451 0.116 114.122
22 57 Alvaro Parente
Mikhail Goikhberg
Trent Hindman
GTD Acura NSX GT3 9 1’20.364 11.690 0.239 113.782
23 96 Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 8 1’20.469 11.795 0.105 113.634
24 63 Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander
Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 9 1’20.606 11.932 0.137 113.441
25 14 Jack Hawksworth
Michael de Quesada
Daniel Morad
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 8 1’20.615 11.941 0.009 113.428
26 74 Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach
Ben Keating
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 9 1’20.649 11.975 0.034 113.380
27 23 Ian James
Roman De Angelis
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 10 1’20.828 12.154 0.179 113.129
28 44 Andy Lally
John Potter
Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 0 0.000    


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