IMSA Mid-Ohio: Acura Team Penske locks out front row

Dane Cameron beat Acura teammate Helio Castroneves by mere hundredths of a second to claim pole for the IMSA WeatherTech Championship race at Mid-Ohio, the pair of them locking out the front row.

Cameron eventually chiseled his lap time down to 1min10.839sec, a time he all-but replicated with his final flyer, to wind up 0.016sec faster than Castroneves.

Best of the rest was Jonathan Bomarito in the #55 Mazda RT24-P who was 0.165sec off the pace and a mere 0.063sec ahead of fastest Cadillac DPi-V.R driver, Pipo Derani in the Action Express Racing entry.

Championship leader Ryan Briscoe had a late off-track excursion but didn’t cause a red nor lose his best time, so will start the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy from fifth, alongside the second Mazda of Oliver Jarvis.

The two JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillacs were seventh and eighth, team debutant Gabriel Aubry 0.7sec off teammate Sebastien Bourdais’ pace.

Jordan Taylor was in a class of his own driving the #3 Corvette C8.R to GT Le Mans pole position, setting a 1min17.985sec, 0.463sec faster than teammate Oliver Gavin. That was a big enough gap for Jesse Krohn to grab second place in his BMW M8, 0.376sec behind Taylor, while Bruno Spengler was half a second off the ultimate pace. Only four cars will start in GTLM this weekend following Porsche’s withdrawal from the event.

In GT Daytona, Aaron Telitz put the #14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F on pole ahead of the two Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSXs of Matt McMurry and Misha Goikhberg, with Corey Fergus fourth in the Compass Racing McLaren 720S.

This quartet was covered by just 0.328sec, but times were even tighter behind them. Robby Foley’s Turner Motorsports BMW M6 was just 0.06sec behind the McLaren, Ian James was a near identical gap in arrears pedaling the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage, and Frankie Montecalvo was a mere 0.01 behind in the second Lexus. That meant the top seven were covered by just half a second.

The 2hr40min race begins at 2.05pm local (Eastern) time.

OPCarCLDriverLapBestGap MarqueBL
16DPiD.Cameron121:10.839 Acura DPi9
27DPiH.Castroneves121:10.8550.016 Acura DPi11
355DPiJ.Bomarito121:11.0040.165 Mazda DPi12
431DPiP.Derani121:11.0670.228 Cadillac DPi12
510DPiR.Briscoe121:11.2710.432 Cadillac DPi8
677DPiO.Jarvis121:11.3650.526 Mazda DPi12
75DPiS.Bourdais111:11.3820.543 Cadillac DPi11
885DPiG.Aubry121:12.0811.242 Cadillac DPi12
93GTLMJ.Taylor121:17.985 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R10
1024GTLMJ.Krohn121:18.3610.376 BMW M8 GTE11
114GTLMO.Gavin121:18.4480.463 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R10
1225GTLMB.Spengler111:18.5150.530 BMW M8 GTE10
1314GTDA.Telitz111:20.974 Lexus RC F GT310
1486GTDM.McMurry121:21.0890.115 Acura NSX GT311
1557GTDM.Goikhberg111:21.1960.222 Acura NSX GT310
1676GTDC.Fergus111:21.3020.328 McLaren 720S GT310
1796GTDR.Foley111:21.3640.390 BMW M6 GT310
1823GTDI.James121:21.4310.457 Aston Martin Vantage GT311
1912GTDF.Montecalvo111:21.4420.468 Lexus RC F GT37
2016GTDR.Hardwick121:21.6590.685 Porsche 911 GT3 R11
2122GTDT.Bechtolsheimer101:22.1891.215 Acura NSX GT38
2274GTDG.Robinson121:22.2541.280 Mercedes-AMG11
2344GTDJ.Potter111:22.3881.414 Lamborghini Huracan GT39
2430GTDR.Ferriol111:22.8551.881 Audi R8 LMS GT38


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