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James, Panoz On Pole For Pirelli World Challenge GTS At CoTA

ANSA quickest in Am

Ian James, driving the #50 Team Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano GT, took pole position for Round Fifteen of the GT4/GTS championship after he lapped the 3.427 mile (5.513 km) Circuit of the Americas in 2:17.532 on his third lap of four.

Lining up alongside James on the front row of the 23-car grid will be Harry Gottsacker in the #69 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta G55 who put in a 2:17.905 on his second lap to briefly hold provisional pole.

Third quickest in the 20-minute session was the #3 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR in which Rodrigo Baptista put in a 2:17.960.

Ian James’ pole position was his second of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season, his first being at Road America for Round Nine of the GTS championship. James currently sits second in the GTS Sprint GT drivers’ standings on 227 points, 70 points behind GTS leader Lawson Aschenbach on 297.

Aschenbach, in the #10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4, was 10th quickest in the session with a 2:18.317.

Quickest of the Am class drivers was Dakota Dickerson in the #25 ANSA Motorsports KTM Xbow GT4 with a 2:18.014 which put the young Californian driver fourth overall on the grid for his first race in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS category this season. GTSA drivers’ standings leader George Kurtz could only qualify 16th quickest overall and sixth quickest of the GTSA class with a 2:19.750 in the #04 GMG Racing McLaren 570S GT4.

Second quickest of the Am drivers was Keith Jensen in the #47 NOLAsport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR in which he lapped in 2:18.549.

The first race of the weekend for the GTS class, Round 15 of the championship, starts at 13:45 local time.