CTMP IMSA: Braun’s Nissan beats Acura, Mazda to pole

Colin Braun took pole for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, his CORE autosport-run Nissan DPi edging Acura's Helio Castroneves by 0.074sec.

CTMP IMSA: Braun’s Nissan beats Acura, Mazda to pole

Braun lapped the 2.459-mile course in 65.452sec in the Prototype battle for pole and Castroneves spun his Acura Team Penske ARX-05 at Turn 5 trying to respond, although he held onto his front-row slot.

Jonathan Bomarito was 0.328sec behind in the Watkins Glen-winning Mazda RT24-P, with Juan Pablo Montoya grabbing fourth in the second Acura ahead of the second Mazda of Tristan Nunez.

Felipe Nasr was pinged for exceeding track limits in the #31 Action Express Racing entry but was fastest of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, a mere 0.05sec quicker than teammate Filipe Albuquerque.

Jordan Taylor was 0.8sec off the ultimate pace in the Wayner Taylor Racing Caddy, while Simon Trummer was 0.275sec faster than JDC Miller Motorsports teammate Misha Goikhberg, as Will Owen’s Juncos Racing Cadillac was 11th and last.

Of the two LMP2 cars, Kyle Masson’s Performance Tech Motorsports machine eclipsed sportscar debutant and local star Dalton Kellett of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport by half a second.

Jesse Krohn set a stunning 1min13.086sec lap in the #24 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing BMW M8, and when teammate Tom Blomqvist – a CTMP debutant – spun exiting Turn 9, the Finn’s first ever GT Le Mans pole was secured by almost half a second.

Ryan Briscoe was fourth in the #67 Ford GT to narrowly edge the faster of the two Porsche 911 RSRs, driven by Patrick Pilet.

The faster Corvette C7.R, that of reigning GTLM champion Jan Magnussen, was left 1.2sec adrift, while teammate Marcel Fassler – subbing for the injured Tommy Milner – was a further 0.474sec down in his first qualifying experience at CTMP.

In GT Daytona, the battle for pole was between Turner Motorsports’ BMW M6, Trent Hindman’s Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura NSX and Ben Keating in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3.

In the end it was Foley who made the grade, topping the times by a mere 0.081sec with a 1min16.172sec ahead of Keating, while Hindman was just 0.1sec further adrift. This trio finished more than half a second up on the opposition.

Next was Hindman’s teammate in the Heinricher Racing NSX, Ana Beatriz, with Zachary Robichon fifth in the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-R ahead of Frankie Montecalvo in the faster of the AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC Fs.

Reigning GTD champion team Paul Miller Racing has sadly had to withdraw its Lamborghini Huracan from the event following Ryan Hardwick’s contact with a JDC Miller Motorsport Cadillac in FP3 this morning that sent the Lambo into the Turn 2 barrier.

Session results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi 1'05.452
2 7 Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 1'05.526 0.074
3 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi 1'05.780 0.328
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 1'05.872 0.420
5 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 1'05.913 0.461
6 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'06.080 0.628
7 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'06.130 0.678
8 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'06.250 0.798
9 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'06.598 1.146
10 85 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'06.873 1.421
11 50 United States Will Owen
Brazil Victor Franzoni
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'07.319 1.867
12 38 United States Kyle Masson
Canada Cameron Cassels
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'08.211 2.759
13 52 United States Matt McMurry
Canada Dalton Kellett
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'08.720 3.268
14 24 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'13.086 7.634
15 25 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Connor de Phillippi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'13.548 8.096
16 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 1'13.804 8.352
17 911 France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'13.829 8.377
18 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'14.050 8.598
19 66 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 1'14.138 8.686
20 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'14.295 8.843
21 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Switzerland Marcel Fassler
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'14.769 9.317
22 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'16.172 10.720
23 33 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'16.253 10.801
24 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'16.353 10.901
25 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Brazil Ana Beatriz
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'16.865 11.413
26 9 Canada Scott Hargrove
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'16.959 11.507
27 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'17.009 11.557
28 73 United States Patrick Lindsey
United States Patrick Long
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'17.073 11.621
29 14 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'17.267 11.815
30 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'17.301 11.849
31 76 United States Paul Holton
United States Matt Plumb
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 1'17.316 11.864
32 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
GTD Mercedes-AMG 1'17.368 11.916
33 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'18.110 12.658
34 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Ryan Hardwick
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 0.000
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