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Wayne Taylor Racing Takes Long Beach Pole

Corvette on top in GTLM

Wayne Taylor Racing continued their dominance at the top of the IMSA field in Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Jordan Taylor putting in a lap of 1:13.549 to put himself and his brother Ricky two tenths ahead of the Whelen Action Express Cadillac.

Despite it being a Cadillac 1-2 at the top, Mazda showed pace in California, with the #55 finishing third, just half a second off. The JDC-Miller Oreca ended the session fourth, with the Mustang Sampling Action Express Caddy fifth.

In GTLM, it was a dramatic affair interrupted by a red flag, with Jan Magnussen eventually able to grab pole for the #3 Corvette with a 1:16.609; it marked the first pole for the #3 since the race weekend at VIR last year.

The red flag was caused by Richard Westbrook in the #67 Ford GT, who collided heavily with a tyre barrier requiring significant track clearance time. Nevertheless Ford was able to salvage some pride with Joey Hand lining up second on the grid in the #66, who was less than a tenth off Magnussen.

There was drama too in GT Daytona as Jack Hawksworth looked set the first pole for the Lexus RC-F and 3GT Racing. That was until Bryan Sellers pipped him at the death by just three-three hundredths of a second in the Paul Miller Racing Huracan with a 1:19.243.

Behind, as ever in GTD, it was close, just one second covering the top twelve. Hawksworth ended up second, with the Daytona-winning Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R rounding out the top three.

Featured image courtesy of IMSA