TR3 Racing’s Daniel Mancinelli stormed to pole position ahead of tomorrow’s Pirelli World Challenge season opener at St. Petersburg Florida. The Italian driver, whose Ferrari 488 is entered in the GTA class, lapped the street circuit in 1:13.953 on his debut in the series..
His time was less than a tenth quicker than Pierre Kaffer, who will line up second on the grid. Kaffer and Mancinelli’s performance made it an all-PWC rookie front row, with the Audi driver steering Magnus Racing to pole in the GT class for its first race in the series.
Third fastest in Qualifying was 2016 PWC champion Alvaro Parente, 1:13.990 in the #9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3. The R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 of Alex Riberas also turned heads, the Canadian team will start fourth to kick off its return to the series.
Book-ending the top five meanwhile was Californian Porsche ace Patrick Long in his Wright Motorsports 911 GT3 R with a 1:14.184, less than three tenths off pole.
Way down the order in 13th overall meanwhile, was Mancinelli’s nearest GTA rival Alec Udell, who in his debut in the class put his GMG Porsche second after a 1:14.796 tour of the circuit, eight tenths off the pole time. Third in GTA was taken by Long’s teammate Michael Schein with a 1:15.374 to go 15th.
Only 22 drivers took part in Qualifying, after incidents in Practice prevented both Preston Calvert’s Porsche Cup car to set a time in GT Cup and Ryan Eversley’s new Acura NSX GT3 to compete in GT.
In fact, neither GT Cup runner set a time, as Marko Radish failed to reach the 107% rule with his 1:20.768 best which resulted in him ending up unclassified.
Race 1 in Florida is set to start tomorrow at 9:35am local time.