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Vanthoor Puts Porsche On Pole At VIR

Porsche on pole in GTD too after Robichon's efforts for PFAFF

The #912 Porsche 911 RSR will start at the head of the field in tomorrow’s IMSA GT-only race at Virginia International Raceway after Laurens Vanthoor secured pole position with a 1:40.630 in Qualifying today.

“The car has been good since the first lap we went out,” Vanthoor said after climbing out of the car. Porsche ended all three of the practice sessions at the front of the field, two of the sessions they locked out the top two spots.

Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette C7.R ended the session with a best lap of 1:40.708 to hand the team a spot on the front-row and Ryan Briscoe in the #67 Ford GT rounded out the top three. Ford was searching for its third straight pole form VIR but in the end, Briscoe came 0.156 short of Vanthoor with a best lap of 1:40.786.

The only incident in the session involved Nick Tandy in the #911 Porsche 911 RSR who slid off the track and into the tyre barriers on the entry to Oak Tree corner. The left side of the car slid into the barriers with most of the damage being done to the rear half of the left side. Tandy ended the session in sixth, ahead of the two BMW M8 entries.

In GT Daytona, Zacharie Robichon in the #9 PFAFF Motorsports 911 GT3 R qualified on pole position. Robichon was the last car to cross the line in the fifteen-minute session and took advantage of a rapidly drying track to set a 1:45.826.

“Credit goes out to the team, they made the right call and got the timing right. The car was moving around a lot, I love these conditions it’s like driving on the ice at home,” said Canadian, Robichon. This pole marks Robichon’s second in IMSA competition.

Frankie Montecalvo qualified second in the #12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC-F GT3 with a lap 0.324 seconds behind Robichon. Another 0.374 seconds behind Montecalvo was his teammate Richard Heistand in the #14 Lexus RC-F GT3, Heistand’s best lap was a 1:46.524.

All of the GTD runners set their quickest lap on final tours of the circuit, evidence of the changing track conditions. A handful of cars had runs through the grass in the early stages of the session, including Cooper McNeil in the #63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GT3, who had a minor spin on the exit of Turn 3 (the car was undamaged and continued without further incident).

Tomorrow’s race is set for 1:35 p.m. local time or 18:35 BST. The race can be watched on outside of the United States and on NBC Sports inside the United States.

Featured image courtesy of IMSA