Petit Le Mans: Cadillac, Ferrari, Lamborghini scoop class poles

Felipe Nasr turned on the magic to take pole for Action Express Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale at Road Atlanta, while Risi Competizione’s Ferrari and the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini headed GT Le Mans and GT Daytona respectively.

Nasr’s Cadillac DPi-V.R lapped the 2.54-mile course in 68.457sec which Ricky Taylor tried but failed to beat by 0.141sec in the #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05. Taylor did, however, move onto the front row by beating the second AXR Cadillac of Filipe Albuquerque by just 0.031sec.

Dane Cameron was fourth in the second Acura, only just ahead of Timo Bernhard in the faster of the two Mazda RT24-Ps.

Simon Trummer (JDC Miller Motorsports), Renger Van der Zande (Wayne Taylor Racing), Spencer Pigot (Juncos Racing) and Misha Goikhberg (JDC-Miller) completed the Top 10, all in Cadillacs.

Kyle Masson edged Matt McMurry in the LMP2 battle for honors between Performance Tech Motorsports and PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports.

James Calado gave Risi Competizione the GT Le Mans pole position it threatened from the moment it took to the track yesterday, the Ferrari 488 lapping in 1min15.639sec. Perhaps most surprising was the fact that Calado’s nearest competitor was Antonio Garcia, a mere 0.063sec slower in the Corvette C7.R that will make its swansong tomorrow after six glorious years in the GTLM category.

Philipp Eng did a great job in the #24 BMW M8 to beat both Porsche 911 RSRs, both Ford GTs, the second Corvette and his own BMW teammate and newest IndyCar megastar Colton Herta.

Ricky Feller did an excellent job in the Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 to set a new GT Daytona track record – only to see his times deleted because his team touched the car during a red flag period. That session stoppage was caused by Robby Foley parking his Turner Motorsport BMW M6 in the Turn 10 gravel at the end of his out lap.

Therefore Corey Lewis scored his second consecutive pole position for Paul Miller Racing – and initially appeared to be leading a Lamborghini Huracan 1-2 as series debutant Shinya Michimi slotted in second just 0.008sec behind. However, Michimi too had his times deleted, elevating Ben Keating to second in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3 ahead of Jeff Westphal in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488.

Justin Marks edged Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX teammate Christina Nielsen to snatch fourth by one-tenth of a second.

Zacharie Robichon’s Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R was sixth ahead of the AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC Fs.

The raceday warm-up begins at 9.30am local (Eastern) time, with the 22nd Motul Petit Le Mans taking the green flag at 12.05pm.

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval
1 31 Felipe Nasr
Eric Curran
Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 7 1’08.457    
2 7 Ricky Taylor
Helio Castroneves
Graham Rahal
DPi Acura DPi 9 1’08.598 0.141 0.141
3 5 Joao Barbosa
Mike Conway
Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi 7 1’08.629 0.172 0.031
4 6 Dane Cameron
Juan Pablo Montoya
Simon Pagenaud
DPi Acura DPi 7 1’08.802 0.345 0.173
5 77 Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez
Timo Bernhard
DPi Mazda DPi 10 1’08.847 0.390 0.045
6 55 Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell
Olivier Pla
DPi Mazda DPi 7 1’09.204 0.747 0.357
7 84 Simon Trummer
Stephen Simpson
Chris Miller
DPi Cadillac DPi 7 1’09.243 0.786 0.039
8 10 Renger van der Zande
Jordan Taylor
Matthieu Vaxiviere
DPi Cadillac DPi 8 1’09.253 0.796 0.010
9 50 Will Owen
Rene Binder
Spencer Pigot
DPi Cadillac DPi 9 1’09.507 1.050 0.254
10 85 Mikhail Goikhberg
Tristan Vautier
Juan Piedrahita
DPi Cadillac DPi 9 1’09.673 1.216 0.166
11 38 Cameron Cassels
Kyle Masson
Andrew Evans
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 13 1’10.722 2.265 1.049
12 52 Matt McMurry
Gabriel Aubry
Dalton Kellett
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 13 1’10.853 2.396 0.131
13 54 Jon Bennett
Colin Braun
Romain Dumas
DPi Nissan DPi 12 1’11.511 3.054 0.658
14 62 James Calado
Alessandro Pier Guidi
Daniel Serra
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 6 1’15.639 7.182 4.128
15 3 Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia
Mike Rockenfeller
GTLM Corvette C7.R 8 1’15.702 7.245 0.063
16 24 Jesse Krohn
John Edwards
Philipp Eng
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 6 1’15.784 7.327 0.082
17 912 Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
Mathieu Jaminet
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 7 1’15.842 7.385 0.058
18 66 Joey Hand
Dirk Muller
Sébastien Bourdais
GTLM Ford GT 9 1’15.856 7.399 0.014
19 67 Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
Scott Dixon
GTLM Ford GT 9 1’15.967 7.510 0.111
20 911 Patrick Pilet
Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 10 1’16.037 7.580 0.070
21 4 Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Marcel Fassler
GTLM Corvette C7.R 8 1’16.048 7.591 0.011
22 25 Tom Blomqvist
Connor de Phillippi
Colton Herta
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 6 1’16.327 7.870 0.279
23 48 Bryan Sellers
Corey Lewis
Marco Seefried
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1’19.530 11.073 3.203
24 33 Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen
Felipe Fraga
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 9 1’19.665 11.208 0.135
25 63 Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander
Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 9 1’19.721 11.264 0.056
26 86 Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman
Justin Marks
GTD Acura NSX GT3 9 1’19.820 11.363 0.099
27 57 Katherine Legge
Ana Beatriz
Christina Nielsen
GTD Acura NSX GT3 8 1’19.952 11.495 0.132
28 9 Scott Hargrove
Zacharie Robichon
Lars Kern
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 9 1’20.200 11.743 0.248
29 14 Richard Heistand
Jack Hawksworth
Parker Chase
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 7 1’20.260 11.803 0.060
30 12 Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell
Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 8 1’20.323 11.866 0.063
31 44 John Potter
Andy Lally
Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1’21.234 12.777 0.911
32 29 Christopher Mies
Richard Feller
Daniel Morad
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 7      
33 47 Brandon Gdovic
Don Yount
Shinya Michimi
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8      
34 96 Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 0      

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