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VIR IMSA: Hand’s Ford GT beats BMWs to pole

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VIR IMSA: Hand’s Ford GT beats BMWs to pole
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Aug 26, 2017, 5:33 PM

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Joey Hand grabbed pole for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s all-GT race at Virginia International Raceway this weekend, as Jeroen Mul took GT Daytona honors in the Change Racing Lamborghini.

#25 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM: Bill Auberlen, Alexander Sims
#62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE: Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander
#24 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM: John Edwards, Martin Tomczyk
#3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen
#16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Corey Lewis, Jeroen Mul

On his final of seven laps, Hand’s Ford GT lapped the VIR course in 1min40.211 to push aside by 0.2secs the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-run BMW M6s of Alexander Sims and John Edwards.

Giancarlo Fisichella was almost four-tenths of a second slower in the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, but this was still regarded as a strong comeback for the team which has been on hiatus following its shunt at Le Mans in June.

Tommy Milner and Jan Magnussen ensured an all-Corvette C7.R third row – more than half a second behind Hand, but just ahead of the second Ford piloted by Richard Westbrook.

Laurens Vanthoor and Dirk Werner were only eighth and ninth in the Porsche 911 RSRs… and only 1.4sec faster than Mul’s GTD Lamborghini Huracan.

Again it was a BMW M6 – Jesse Krohn’s Turner Motorsports entry – that was second best, ahead of the Stevenson Motorsports’ Andrew Davis in the Audi R8 and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the Riley-run Mercedes AMG GT3.

Jack Hawksworth and Sage Karam put the Lexus RCFs on the third row, just in front of Madison Snow’s Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini and Daniel Morad in the Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911.

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Series IMSA
Event VIR
Location Virginia International Raceway
Drivers Joey Hand
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Author David Malsher-Lopez