Rolex 24: Jarvis takes pole for Mazda, Taylor shunts Acura

Oliver Jarvis took his second straight pole for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, opening round of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but the Prototype session was curtailed due to Ricky Taylor shunting his Acura ARX-05.

Rolex 24: Jarvis takes pole for Mazda, Taylor shunts Acura

After setting a 1min33.711sec lap around the 3.56-mile course, Jarvis had already pitted his #77 Mazda RT24-P, comfortable in the knowledge that he’d beaten Juan Pablo Montoya’s #6 Acura by 0.443sec and Mazda teammate Jonathan Bomarito by 0.458sec.

Then all eyes turned to the Bus Stop chicane, where Taylor’s Acura, at that point lying seventh in the times, had suffered heavy nose damage.

The #7 Penske entry had bounced off the new curb at the first part of the chicane, landed with its wheels pointing the wrong way and had too much momentum for former IMSA champion Taylor to gather up the car before it plowed over the grass and into the tire wall. Taylor alighted without aid, and surveyed the heavy front-end damage before being taken to the medical center for a check-up.

The abbreviated session saw Felipe Nasr end up as fastest Cadillac driver in the Action Express Racing entry in fourth, ahead of Wayne Taylor Racing’s new full-time recruit Ryan Briscoe.

The JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillacs of Tristan Vautier and Joao Barbosa were sixth and eighth, 0.743 and 1.336sec off the ultimate pace.

In LMP2, the remarkable Ben Keating delivered pole for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, beating Henrik Hedman’s DragonSpeed entry by 0.282sec.

Read Also:

GT Le Mans


Photo by: Richard Dole / Motorsport Images

A gripping battle between the two Porsche 911 RSRs was resolved in favor of the #911 car, Nick Tandy beating Laurens Vanthoor by just 0.049sec as the pair beat the qualifying lap record.

Tandy’s 1min42.207sec was also 0.338sec faster than the quicker of the two Corvette C8.Rs, which will start third and fourth in class on their debut after being qualified by Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner.

The BMW M8 GTEs of Phillipp Eng and John Edwards were respectively 0.734 and 0.882sec off the ultimate pace, while Alessandro Pier Guidi’s Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE was a surprising 1.46sec adrift.

GT Daytona


Photo by: Art Fleischmann

Zacharie Robichon set a new GTD track record to claim pole in the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. His 1min45.237sec enabled the car he’ll share with Dennis Olsen, Lars Kern and Patrick Pilet to beat Jeff Westphal’s Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 by an impressive 0.476sec.

Trent Hindman’s Heinricher Racing Acura NSX GT3 was third, edging Robby Foley’s Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 by just 0.035sec.

The Steijn Schothorst-steered Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo took fifth ahead of the WRT SpeedStar Audi Sport R8 and the #12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3. Thus seven different manufacturers are represented in the top seven spots in the GTD field.

The #14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus did not participate in qualifying because it is undergoing an engine change, while the Magnus GRT Lamborghini discovered a mechanical issue before the session.

The #54 Black Swan Racing Porsche inevitably was absent as it is still being repaired from its heavy shunt in first practice.

Qualifying results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap Interval
1 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
France Olivier Pla
DPi Mazda DPi 1'33.711
2 6 United States Dane Cameron
France Simon Pagenaud
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
DPi Acura DPi 1'34.154 0.443 0.443
3 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
DPi Mazda DPi 1'34.169 0.458 0.015
4 31 United Kingdom Mike Conway
Brazil Pipo Derani
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Brazil Felipe Nasr
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'34.294 0.583 0.125
5 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Australia Ryan Briscoe
New Zealand Scott Dixon
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'34.442 0.731 0.148
6 85 Colombia Juan Piedrahita
Brazil Matheus Leist
United States Chris Miller
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'34.454 0.743 0.012
7 5 France Sébastien Bourdais
France Loic Duval
Portugal Joao Barbosa
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'35.047 1.336 0.593
8 52 United States Ben Keating
Switzerland Simon Trummer
United States Nicholas Boulle
France Gabriel Aubry
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'37.446 3.735 2.399
9 81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley
Sweden Henrik Hedman
United States Colin Braun
United Kingdom Harrison Newey
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'37.728 4.017 0.282
10 8 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
Canada John Farano
France Nicolas Lapierre
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.275 5.564 1.547
11 38 Canada Cameron Cassels
Robert Masson
United States Kyle Masson
United States Don Yount
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.397 5.686 0.122
12 911 Australia Matt Campbell
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'42.207 8.496 2.810
13 912 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
New Zealand Earl Bamber
France Mathieu Jaminet
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'42.256 8.545 0.049
14 18 United States Kyle Tilley
Dwight Merriman
United States Ryan Lewis
France Nicolas Minassian
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'42.262 8.551 0.006
15 3 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Nick Catsburg
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'42.545 8.834 0.283
16 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Switzerland Marcel Fassler
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'42.801 9.090 0.256
17 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
Austria Philipp Eng
Canada Bruno Spengler
United States Colton Herta
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'42.941 9.230 0.140
18 24 United States John Edwards
Brazil Augusto Farfus
Australia Chaz Mostert
Finland Jesse Krohn
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'43.089 9.378 0.148
19 62 United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Brazil Daniel Serra
Italy Davide Rigon
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 1'43.668 9.957 0.579
20 7 United States Ricky Taylor
Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Alexander Rossi
DPi Acura DPi 1'44.065 10.354 0.397
21 9 Norway Dennis Olsen
Canada Zacharie Robichon
Germany Lars Kern
France Patrick Pilet
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'45.237 11.526 1.172
22 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
United States Jeff Westphal
Italy Alessandro Balzan
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'45.713 12.002 0.476
23 57 Portugal Alvaro Parente
Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
United States Trent Hindman
United States A.J. Allmendinger
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'45.837 12.126 0.124
24 96 United States Robby Foley
Germany Jens Klingmann
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'45.872 12.161 0.035
25 11 United States Richard Heistand
Netherlands Steijn Schothorst
France Franck Perera
Spain Albert Costa
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'46.040 12.329 0.168
26 88 Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
Canada Daniel Morad
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'46.175 12.464 0.135
27 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
United States Aaron Telitz
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'46.185 12.474 0.010
28 48 United States Madison Snow
United States Bryan Sellers
United States Corey Lewis
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'46.191 12.480 0.006
29 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Matt McMurry
Japan Shinya Michimi
France Jules Gounon
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'46.478 12.767 0.287
30 16 United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
United States Anthony Imperato
Austria Klaus Bachler
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'46.485 12.774 0.007
31 47 United States Brandon Gdovic
Eric Lux
United States Mark Kvamme
Jonathan Hoggard
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'46.835 13.124 0.350
32 98 Portugal Pedro Lamy
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
Austria Mathias Lauda
United Kingdom Andrew Watson
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'46.880 13.169 0.045
33 23 United Kingdom Ian James
Denmark Nicki Thiim
Canada Roman De Angelis
Spain Alex Riberas
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'47.041 13.330 0.161
34 19 Denmark Christina Nielsen
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Colombia Tatiana Calderon
Switzerland Rahel Frey
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'47.148 13.437 0.107
35 74 United States Lawson Aschenbach
United States Ben Keating
United States Gar Robinson
Brazil Felipe Fraga
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'47.273 13.562 0.125
36 14 United States Parker Chase
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
United States Michael de Quesada
United States Kyle Busch
GTD Lexus RC F GT3
37 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Italy Marco Mapelli
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3
38 54 United States Tim Pappas
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Germany Sven Muller
United States Trenton Estep
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R
Rolex 24: Taylor’s Acura leads Mazdas in FP2
Previous article

Rolex 24: Taylor’s Acura leads Mazdas in FP2

Next article

New Corvette C8.R needs work to catch Porsche, say drivers

New Corvette C8.R needs work to catch Porsche, say drivers
Load comments
The British pair at the heart of Lexus's sportscar push Prime

The British pair at the heart of Lexus's sportscar push

Have you heard the one about two British guys driving for a Japanese manufacturer in America’s top sportscar series? Time to sit down and talk with Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat about racing across the pond… and your accent being mistaken for Australian!

Mar 16, 2022
Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022 Prime

Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022

Ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of its new 9X8 Hypercar, Peugeot revealed that it would not be entering this year's Le Mans 24 Hours with its incoming machinery. Although development restrictions for homologated cars are partially responsible, the French marque can draw on its own lessons from its history in sportscars

Feb 28, 2022
Why the GTP name undermines convergence between IMSA and WEC Prime

Why the GTP name undermines convergence between IMSA and WEC

OPINION: The adoption by IMSA of the GTP name for its forthcoming LMDh versus Le Mans Hypercar era in 2023 appeals to fans of nostalgia - but it undermines the commonality achieved by bringing its rulebook into line with the WEC. GTP or Hypercar, both sides should settle on a single name

Feb 15, 2022
Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing Prime

Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing

Few disciplines of motorsport offer better possibilities to build a colossus of the track than sportscars. For Autosport's recent Monsters of Motorsport special issue, we picked out some of the finest (and not so fine) that have graced sportscar classics including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring

Le Mans
Feb 4, 2022
How Castroneves and Meyer Shank conquered another US classic Prime

How Castroneves and Meyer Shank conquered another US classic

Helio Castroneves continued his fine start to life with Meyer Shank Racing that netted the 2021 Indianapolis 500 victory by prevailing in last weekend's Daytona 24 Hours together with teammates Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Simon Pagenaud. As Cadillac fell by the wayside, the Brazilian veteran won out in an all-Acura duel to the finish

Feb 1, 2022
How Derani's long road to title success exorcised painful memories Prime

How Derani's long road to title success exorcised painful memories

It took Pipo Derani no time at all to establish himself as a winner in IMSA, winning the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours on his first two starts in 2016. But it took until the final corner of the 2021 season before he could become its champion, the culmination of a journey that he believes has made him a better driver.

Jan 16, 2022
The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence Prime

The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence

Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the FIA World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

Jul 13, 2021
Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy Prime

Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy

Can Mazda win this year’s IMSA Prototype championship? Undoubtedly. But it will be the culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit. David Malsher-Lopez tells the story of a bizarre blend of heartache and positivity.

Apr 6, 2021