Saturday, July 20, 2019

BMW Sweeps GT Poles at CTMP


All of the BMWs racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualified at the top of their respective classes at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with BMW Team RLL locking out the GT Le Mans front row and Turner Motorsport setting the lap to beat in GT Daytona.

The front-row sweep for the pair of BMW M8 GTEs was led by Jesse Krohn in the No. 24 car with a lap that shattered the track record. The 1:13.086 was not only 0.431 faster than Nick Tandy’s record lap from 2018, it bested teammate and second-place qualifier Tom Blomqvist by 0.462 seconds, making Krohn the only driver under the former record.

Behind Blomqvist, Ryan Briscoe ranked third in the No. 67 Ford GT with a lap 0.718 seconds shy of Krohn’s blistering pace that secured the pole for the quickest of GTLM’s two German brands.

The Porsche GT Team completed the top five with its pair of Porsche 911 RSRs. Notably, the team was the last to sweep the front row in GTLM qualifying when the Nos. 912 and 911 started on the front row at Long Beach.

Joey Hand qualified the second Ford GT to the sixth position on the GTLM grid while Corvette Racing’s pair of Corvette C7.Rs brought up the rear of the eight-car class in the brief qualifying outing for the series’ premier GT category.

Foley Nabs Second GTD Pole of 2019

After securing the GTD pole position at Detroit but having it stripped away due to a technical infraction, Robby Foley came out on top again at CTMP in Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 BMW M6 GT3.

Foley, who was fastest in pre-qualifying practice, repeated the feat in qualifying for the all-GT3 class in Bowmanville, Ontario with a 1:16.172. While short of the class’ circuit record set last year by Jack Hawksworth, the lap time was 0.081 seconds clear of Ben Keating in the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, which will share the front row with GTD’s only BMW.

Behind the top two, the pair of Acura NSX GT3s fielded by Meyer Shank Racing and driven by Trent Hindman and Bia Figueiredo placed third and fourth ahead of Zacharie Robichon in the No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Canadian team Pfaff Motorsports.

With Frank Montecalvo sixth fastest in the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3, five manufacturers qualified in the top six.

The two GT classes along with DPi and LMP2 will participate in a 20-minute warm-up session at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Sunday prior to the two-hour, 40-minute race set to go green at 1:05 p.m. with live television coverage on NBC.

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