Wednesday, December 19, 2018

BMW Scores GTLM Pole at Mid-Ohio


The BMW Team RLL duo of John Edwards and Alexander Sims traded the fastest lap for much of GT Le Mans qualifying at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course but it was Edwards who came out on top by laying down the fastest lap of the weekend.

Edwards’ 1:17.853 in the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE was 0.737 seconds quicker than the previous best time of the weekend, set by Earl Bamber in Practice 3.

The triumph stands as Edwards’ third Mid-Ohio pole in a row as he managed to extend the streak he started in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in 2012 and 2013.

Antonio Garcia exits corner during Mid-Ohio GTLM qualifying
Antonio Garcia was the fastest Corvette Racing driver during qualifying at Mid-Ohio. | Photo: Aaron Durant / The Apex

By the time the 15-minute session concluded, Sims, formerly fastest, had been replaced on the front row by Nick Tandy and the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. Tandy’s 1:17.919 was just 0.066 seconds off Edwards’ pole-winning time.

At just 0.013 seconds behind Tandy, Sims settled for the third-fastest lap of the session and was 0.089 seconds quicker than Earl Bamber’s fourth-place qualifying performance.

Both Chevrolet and Ford were relegated to the back half of the eight-car class with Antonio Garcia completing the top five in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R. The two Ford GTs of Chip Ganassi Racing ended the session sixth and seventh fastest while the No. 4 Corvette brought up the rear.

Hawksworth, Marcelli Deliver 1-2 for 3GT

The pair of Lexus RC F GT3s fielded by 3GT Racing traded in their performances of second and third in Practice 3 for the top of the timesheet in GT Daytona qualifying.

Jack Hawksworth consistently led the way throughout the 15-minute session behind the wheel of the No. 15 Lexus and was fastest at its conclusion. The 1:19.317 turned by Hawksworth is a new track record for the class at Mid-Ohio.

Marcelli laid down a fast lap just 0.053 seconds off Hawksworth’s time, which was more than good enough for a front-row start alongside his teammate.

Jack Hawksworth speeds to GTD pole at Mid-Ohio
Jack Hawksworth was third in Practice 3 but fastest in GTD qualifying. | Photo: Aaron Durant / The Apex

Madison Snow qualified Paul Miller Racing’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 third, more than half a second off Hawksworth’s pace. Katherine Legge and Dillon Machavern completed the GTD top five in Acura and BMW machinery, respectively.

The 12-car GTD field, rounded out by Kenny Habul in SunEnergy1 Racing’s No. 75 Mercedes-AMG GT3, was split by 2.416 seconds.

Next up for the series is a brief 20-minute warm-up session Sunday at 8 a.m. EDT ahead of the two-hour, 40-minute race set to go green at 1:05 p.m.

Ben Hinc
Ben Hinc
Ben Hinc, managing The Apex as executive editor, has frequented media centers at racetracks across North America since 2014. Hinc's multi-decade passion for technology has resulted in a broad skillset that keeps The Apex running fast and without error.


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