Sunday, April 21, 2019

Porsche Sweeps Long Beach Qualifying

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Repeating the feat it accomplished last month at Sebring International Raceway, the Porsche GT Team ended qualifying on the streets of Long Beach with the two fastest laps.

The No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, which also sat on pole at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona and last time out at Sebring International Raceway, will start at the front of GT Le Mans for the third time this year thanks to a 1:16.313 turned by Nick Tandy.

Tandy’s chart topper was 0.064 seconds quicker than Laurens Vanthoor’s best effort in the No. 912 Porsche, locking out the top two starting positions for the team for the second consecutive race.

Oliver Gavin’s 1:16.520 in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R put the car third in the 15-minute session, 0.142 seconds ahead of the fourth-placed No. 66 Ford GT, driven by Sebastien Bourdais who also turned laps in his Dale Coyne Racing Indy car during two NTT IndyCar Series practices Friday.

Antonio Garcia added the second Corvette Racing entry to the top five with a lap 0.372 seconds slower than Tandy’s pole-winning speed. Ryan Briscoe, Tom Blomqvist and John Edwards completed the GTLM qualifying order and will start in the sixth through eighth positions in class.

With no morning warm-up, the next time the eight-car class will join DPi on track is the 100-minute race itself, set to go green Saturday at 2:05 p.m. PDT. Coverage of the race will open at 4:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Ben Hinc
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