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.

ClaNumDriverClassChassisLapsTimeGapInterval
131 Felipe Nasr
Eric Curran
Pipo Derani
DPiCadillac DPi71’08.457  
27 Ricky Taylor
Helio Castroneves
Graham Rahal
DPiAcura DPi91’08.5980.1410.141
35 Joao Barbosa
Mike Conway
Filipe Albuquerque
DPiCadillac DPi71’08.6290.1720.031
46 Dane Cameron
Juan Pablo Montoya
Simon Pagenaud
DPiAcura DPi71’08.8020.3450.173
577 Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez
Timo Bernhard
DPiMazda DPi101’08.8470.3900.045
655 Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell
Olivier Pla
DPiMazda DPi71’09.2040.7470.357
784 Simon Trummer
Stephen Simpson
Chris Miller
DPiCadillac DPi71’09.2430.7860.039
810 Renger van der Zande
Jordan Taylor
Matthieu Vaxiviere
DPiCadillac DPi81’09.2530.7960.010
950 Will Owen
Rene Binder
Spencer Pigot
DPiCadillac DPi91’09.5071.0500.254
1085 Mikhail Goikhberg
Tristan Vautier
Juan Piedrahita
DPiCadillac DPi91’09.6731.2160.166
1138 Cameron Cassels
Kyle Masson
Andrew Evans
LMP2ORECA LMP2131’10.7222.2651.049
1252 Matt McMurry
Gabriel Aubry
Dalton Kellett
LMP2ORECA LMP2131’10.8532.3960.131
1354 Jon Bennett
Colin Braun
Romain Dumas
DPiNissan DPi121’11.5113.0540.658
1462 James Calado
Alessandro Pier Guidi
Daniel Serra
GTLMFerrari 488 GTE61’15.6397.1824.128
153 Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia
Mike Rockenfeller
GTLMCorvette C7.R81’15.7027.2450.063
1624 Jesse Krohn
John Edwards
Philipp Eng
GTLMBMW M8 GTE61’15.7847.3270.082
17912 Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
Mathieu Jaminet
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR71’15.8427.3850.058
1866 Joey Hand
Dirk Muller
Sébastien Bourdais
GTLMFord GT91’15.8567.3990.014
1967 Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
Scott Dixon
GTLMFord GT91’15.9677.5100.111
20911 Patrick Pilet
Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR101’16.0377.5800.070
214 Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Marcel Fassler
GTLMCorvette C7.R81’16.0487.5910.011
2225 Tom Blomqvist
Connor de Phillippi
Colton Herta
GTLMBMW M8 GTE61’16.3277.8700.279
2348 Bryan Sellers
Corey Lewis
Marco Seefried
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT381’19.53011.0733.203
2433 Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen
Felipe Fraga
GTDMercedes-AMG GT391’19.66511.2080.135
2563 Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander
Jeff Westphal
GTDFerrari 488 GT391’19.72111.2640.056
2686 Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman
Justin Marks
GTDAcura NSX GT391’19.82011.3630.099
2757 Katherine Legge
Ana Beatriz
Christina Nielsen
GTDAcura NSX GT381’19.95211.4950.132
289 Scott Hargrove
Zacharie Robichon
Lars Kern
GTDPorsche 911 GT3 R91’20.20011.7430.248
2914 Richard Heistand
Jack Hawksworth
Parker Chase
GTDLexus RC F GT371’20.26011.8030.060
3012 Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell
Aaron Telitz
GTDLexus RC F GT381’20.32311.8660.063
3144 John Potter
Andy Lally
Spencer Pumpelly
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT381’21.23412.7770.911
3229 Christopher Mies
Richard Feller
Daniel Morad
GTDAudi R8 LMS GT37   
3347 Brandon Gdovic
Don Yount
Shinya Michimi
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT38   
3496 Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
Dillon Machavern
GTDBMW M6 GT30   

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