Team TGM’s #46 Mercedes-AMG GT4 claimed pole position for the Pilot Challenge race at Lime Rock today with a record-breaking qualifying time of 53.963 from Owen Trinkler. It is the third pole position this season for Team TGM.
“We love this place, I love coming to Lime Rock,” said Trinkler, who helped steer TGM to a win at Lime Rock last season.
“Three poles this year, let’s see if we can get it done tomorrow. We need a win bad and we are fighting prettying hard.”
Championship contenders Carbahn Motorsports ended the session in second. The best time from the #39 Audi R8 GT4, a 54.051, was set by Tyler McQuarrie after completing seven laps.
The most recent race-winners in the MPC, the #71 Rebel Rock Racing Chevrolet Camaro, qualified third. The efforts of Andrew Davis netted the team a best time of 54.103.
The #35 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG of James Cox had a minor spin in the session. Cox restarted the car and continued without further drama, ending the session eleventh in class. It was the only incident for any of the GS cars.
Michael Lewis and the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N set the quickest time in TCR. Lewis’ best time was a 54:034, nearly four-tenths quicker than the second-best time in the 15-minute session.
The 54.034 lap time laid down by Lewis set a new qualifying record for TCR cars around the 1.474-mile track. The GS entry of Team TGM ended the session as the only GS car to best the time of the Lewis in the #98 Hyundai.
It was a strong showing for 20-year-old Alexandre Papadopulos in the #3 KMW Motorsports Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The Texan held the provisional pole with a time of 54.425. That time was bested by Lewis, but still good enough for a front-row starting position — the best qualifying position for Papadopulos in IMSA competition.
The #84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic with Brian Henderson aboard ensured three manufactures in as many starting positions. That car’s best time was a 54.454, just 0.029 seconds off the #3 Alfa Romeo.
All twelve TCR cars in the field set competitive times and the session concluded without any incidents.
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