CTMP IMSA: Blomqvist grabs pole from Taylor by 0.068s in Acura 1-2

Tom Blomqvist scored pole position as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returned to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in his Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05.

CTMP IMSA: Blomqvist grabs pole from Taylor by 0.068s in Acura 1-2

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor set the early pace at the 2.45-mile track, formerly known as Mosport Park, and worked his way down to 1m04.462s in his Acura – over a second under the lap record.

Friday pacesetter Blomqvist then produced a stunning lap of 1m04.394 that was right on the ragged edge in Turn 3, before he then slid right off the track at Moss Corner while trying to improve on his P1 time on the following tour.

“It was an absolute wild ride, I was over my limit, I’m not going to lie,” he admitted. “That session was a case of putting your brain to one side.”

Tristan Vautier (JDC-Miller Motorsports) was the fastest of the Cadillacs but over half a second off the Acuras. Alex Lynn (Chip Ganassi Racing), Olivier Pla (Action Express) and Sebastien Bourdais completed the top six, the latter suffering a spin at Moss.

Jarrett Andretti (Andretti Autosport) and Gar Robinson (Riley Motorsports) dueled over the pole in LMP3, with Andretti taking it by 0.072s. Ari Balogh will start third for Jr III Racing, ahead of Jon Bennett (CORE Autosport).

#9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R: Matt Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet

#9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R: Matt Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet

Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

In the GTD classes, Mathieu Jaminet’s Pfaff Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3R beat the Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F of Frankie Montecalvo to pole position.

Jaminet started off with a lap of 1m15.703s, before a grassy off at the exit of the final corner cost him time on a potentially quicker lap. As Montecalvo reeled off a 1m15.633s to grab P1, Jaminet regrouped and lowered his best time to a class record-breaking 1m15.468s.

Montecalvo was second fastest overall, and first of the non-Pro cars, ahead of Alex Riberas in the Pro class Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage entry. John Edwards was fourth in the Team RLL BMW M4, just pipping Jordan Taylor in the factory Corvette C8.R.

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park - IMSA qualifying results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 60 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
DPi Acura DPi 1'04.394
2 10 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Acura DPi 1'04.462 0.068
3 5 France Tristan Vautier
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'04.895 0.501
4 02 New Zealand Earl Bamber
United Kingdom Alex Lynn
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'05.082 0.688
5 31 France Olivier Pla
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'05.126 0.732
6 01 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
France Sébastien Bourdais
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'05.266 0.872
7 36 United States Jarett Andretti
Colombia Gabby Chaves
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'13.102 8.708
8 74 United States Gar Robinson
Australia Scott Andrews
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'13.174 8.780
9 30 United States Ari Balogh
Canada Garett Grist
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'13.815 9.421
10 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'14.056 9.662
11 13 Canada Orey Fidani
Canada Kyle Marcelli
LMP3 Duqueine D08 1'14.832 10.438
12 33 Portugal Joao Barbosa
United States Lance Willsey
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'15.121 10.727
13 9 Australia Matt Campbell
France Mathieu Jaminet
GTD PRO Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'15.468 11.074
14 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'15.633 11.239
15 23 United Kingdom Ross Gunn
Spain Alex Riberas
GTD PRO Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'15.890 11.496
16 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
United States John Edwards
GTD PRO BMW M4 GT3 1'15.899 11.505
17 3 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
GTD PRO Corvette C8.R GTD 1'15.955 11.561
18 27 Canada Roman De Angelis
Belgium Maxime Martin
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'15.975 11.581
19 1 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
GTD BMW M4 GT3 1'16.004 11.610
20 57 United States Russell Ward
Switzerland Philip Ellis
GTD Mercedes AMG GT3 1'16.039 11.645
21 14 United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
GTD PRO Lexus RC F GT3 1'16.071 11.677
22 96 United States Robby Foley
United States Bill Auberlen
GTD BMW M4 GT3 1'16.156 11.762
23 51 United States Ryan Eversley
Australia Aidan Read
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'16.250 11.856
24 79 United States Cooper MacNeil
Spain Daniel Juncadella
GTD PRO Mercedes AMG GT3 1'17.071 12.677
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