Lexus tops Roar GTD qualifying, Keating stuns in LMP2
Ben Keating earned fastest time in LMP2 for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports in Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona qualifying, while the AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F of Frankie Montecalvo headed the GT Daytona class.
During the session that determines first choice of pit boxes and garages, Keating, who is also racing the Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 in this year's Rolex 24, lapped Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile course in 1min38.056sec.
That was enough to beat Henrik Hedman’s DragonSpeed entry by 0.639sec.
Kyle Masson’s Performance Tech Motorsports’ was next up, relegated to the second row by just 0.017sec, while John Farano was fourth in the Tower Motorsport by Starworks entry. Dwight Merriman’s Era Motorsport Oreca claimed fifth.
Montecalvo set a 1min46.754sec on his fourth lap to put the Lexus on top of GTD, as Matt McMurry’s fifth and best lap in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 fell just 0.119sec short.
The ever reliable and frequently impressive Robby Foley, driving Turner Motorsport's BMW M6 GT3, was just 0.046sec further in arrears.
Brandon Gdovic’s Precision Performance Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan was only 0.008sec slower, Trent Hindman in the Heinricher Racing MSR Acura was 0.025sec off, and Jeff Westphal was just 0.015sec tardier in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE.
Trenton Estep’s Black Swan Racing entry was fastest of the Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, while Daniel Morad’s WRT Speedstar Audi R8 LMS was classified eighth.
There will be a further practice session for all four classes this evening, 7-8pm local (Eastern) time, with pit box/garage qualifying for the DPi and GT Le Mans classes tomorrow (Sunday).
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