Colin Braun continued CORE autosport’s run of form from Watkins Glen into the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park weekend, by securing the team pole position in the Prototype class with its ORECA 07. In the session, Braun’s record-breaking lap time was a 1:06.315, just over two tenths faster than the rest of the Prototype field.
“We’re a small team and we’re learning every time we go to track. It was great finish in Watkins Glen and we were fast there and this track is not too much different. We didn’t have a lot of momentum in the early part of the season because of the different types of track.”
Second in the class was Dane Cameron in the #6 Team Penske Acura ARX-05, the American ending just 0.225 off of Braun’s time with a 1:06.540, to go fastest of the DPi runners.
Rounding out the top three was the #85 ORECA 07 from JDC-Miller Motorsports. The car was driven to a time of 1:06.841 by Robert Alon, to put the team ahead of the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac which took the other spot on the second row of the grid. The best of the Mazda’s (#55) meanwhile, ended up fifth.
Elsewhere in the Prototype class, one team failed to set a time and will take no further part in the event. Performance Tech’s weekend came to an early end after Kyle Masson suffered an accident during Friday’s first practice session in the team’s ORECA 07.
The battle for the GTLM pole was very close in the top five positions, but in the end it was Nick Tandy in the #911 Porsche 911 RSR who secured pole for the race tomorrow with a 1:13.517.
A jubilant Nick Tandy was extremely pleased with the result but also cautiously optimistic going into the race. “The Porsche is really good on this track but the race is not one lap long so we will have to see what kind of pace we get on the long run.”
Tandy’s pole time was good enough on despite a handful of attempts late in the session from others including Ryan Briscoe in the #67 Ford GT who put that car on the outside of the front row, just three-tenths of a second behind Tandy.
Third in class and the third different manufacturer in the top three is Jan Magnussen who will start his 701st race tomorrow. Magnussen placed the #3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R at the head of teh second row with a 1:13.934.
Joey Hand and the #66 Ford GT will start from the back of the GTLM grid meanwhile, Hand completed just one lap in the session before bringing the Ford back into the pits complaining of a technical problem on one of the wheels. Per IMSA rules the team was unable to touch the car thus ending that car’s session before it even got going.
In GT Daytona, Lexus and 3GT Racing locked out the class front row with its pair of Lexus RC F GT3s.
Jack Hawksworth in the #15 Lexus was able to get the best of his teammate Dominik Baumann in the #14 Lexus. Hawksworth’s pole time of 1:15.581 bested Baumann by nearly half a second.
This is the third pole in four races for the Brit who has been extremely pleased with his car so far this weekend, “we got a really good feeling the moment we got off the truck. This type of track was almost designed for our car.”
Third in GTD was Bryan Sellers in the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 who set a best time of 1:16.336 after seven laps of the circuit.
Tomorrow’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at CTMP is set to get underway at 2:05 local time.
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