DRYING CONDITIONS AND COLD WEATHER MADE FOR AN EXCITING QUALIFYING SESSION FOR WEATHERTECH CHAMPIONSHIP
At 11:40am the GTD cars took to the track for their qualifying session on a track that was drying and slowly getting better grip. Every lap, pole changed hands and it made it for a very hectic qualifying session.
At the end of the 15 minutes, the no. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 driver Richard Heistand with teammate Jack Hawksworth took the pole for tomorrow’s race. Second went to no. 33 Riley Motorsports – Team AMG and third no. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan of Townsend Bell/Frank Montecalvo.
Zack Robichon qualified the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in fifth place and on its first race Compass Racing McLaren 720S GT3 qualified eight with Matt Plumb at the wheel.
The GTLM class was as action packed with top times switching every lap of their 15 minutes qualifier. Finally, it was Sebastien Bourdais driving the no. 66 Ford GT for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing that took pole over the no. 912 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Laurens Vanthoor. Third went to no. 24 BMW M8 GTE of BMW Team RLL.
Finally in the DPi class, we had to wait until the checkered flag as the fight for pole was veery close between Mazda and Acura.
It was Mazda that came on top with Oliver Jarvis on duty to drive the no. 77 Mazda Team Joest with a time of 1:10.705s. Second went to no. 7 Acura Team Penske with Helio Castroneves at the wheel 0.022s behind the Mazda. Third was the second Acura Team Penske with Dane Cameron qualifying the car 0.101s behind Jarvis.
Now teams are to prepare for the 2 hours 40 minutes race scheduled for a green flag at 1:40pm Sunday with a warm-up session at 8am.
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