Colin Braun tops CTMP IMSA qualifying in LMP2 car
Colin Braun earned the pole for the 2018 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix by a margin of 0.225 seconds over the fastest Acura DPi from Team Penske. | Photo: Jake Galstad / IMSA

Colin Braun’s speed during practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the cockpit of CORE autosport’s LMP2 machine translated into the car’s second qualifying triumph in a week.

After coming out on top as the fastest Prototype driver during qualifying for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen last weekend, Braun returned to the forefront of the flagship class for the same session in advance of this weekend’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

At 1:06.315, Braun’s new CTMP circuit record put him and the No. 54 ORECA 07 0.225 seconds clear of Dane Cameron who qualified the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 of Team Penske to the outside of the front row. The feat marks the eighth IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole on Braun’s resume, tying him with Ricky Taylor for second all-time.

Robert Alon was the second-fastest driver of an LMP2 car during qualifying at the Canadian event, reaching the third position with a lap 0.526 seconds in arrears of Braun in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA.

The top Cadillac DPi-V.R will begin the two-hour, 40-minute race from the fourth position after Renger van der Zande set the fourth-fastest time at the helm of Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 car. The Dutch driver secured the position by a mere 0.016 seconds over Mazda Team Joest driver Jonathan Bomarito who qualified the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P.

Jonathan Bomarito qualifies Mazda DPi at CTMP IMSA race
Jonathan Bomarito is the only member of Mazda Team Joest’s driver lineup to have raced for the team at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in both the first and second years of competition for the Mazda RT24-P. | Photo: Richard Dole / IMSA

Helio Castroneves was sixth in the second Acura DPi while his former Verizon IndyCar Series competitor Sebastian Saavedra was seventh in the top non-ORECA LMP2 car: AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ Ligier JS P217.

The lone Nissan Onroak DPi present was qualified eighth at the hands of Ryan Dalziel, ahead of Tristan Nunez in the second Mazda DPi and Misha Goikhberg in the other JDC-Miller ORECA to complete the top 10.

Both Cadillac DPis from Action Express Racing will start last in Prototype after qualifying 1.694 and 1.853 seconds off the pole time set by Braun. Both cars enter race day at CTMP atop the championship standings.

The 12 Prototype entries, which all qualified under the previous CTMP track record, will return to the track at 9:50 a.m. EDT Sunday for a 20-minute warm-up outing before the race itself begins at 2:05 p.m.

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