Daytona IMSA: Castroneves’ Acura beats Mazdas to pole

David Malsher-Lopez
·3 min read

A mere 0.142sec covered the top four cars, and Castroneves put just 0.032sec between himself and the best of the Mazda RT24-Ps driven by Oliver Jarvis, with Jonathan Bomarito’s Mazda a further 0.032sec behind, and 0.078sec ahead of defending IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champion Juan Pablo Montoya.

Despite getting little practice this morning due to a flat tire for Renger Van der Zande at 190mph, Wayne Taylor Racing ended up with the fastest Cadillac DPi-V.R thanks to Ryan Briscoe’s best effort. The former IndyCar ace was perhaps surprisingly only 0.671sec off top spot, but was 0.183sec ahead of Gabby Chaves, who is sharing the Action Express Racing Caddy with Pipo Derani, in place of the Covid-19-afflicted Felipe Nasr.

The JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillacs of Joao Barbosa and Chris Miller were seventh and eighth.

Oliver Gavin and Jordan Taylor produced a 1-2 for Corvette Racing’s two-race-old C8.R in GT Le Mans. Gavin was an impressive 0.272sec clear of his teammate who in turn was one-tenth faster than the third place car.

That car was the RLL-run BMW M8 GTE of Jesse Krohn who was just 0.001sec faster than Laurens Vanthoor in the faster of the two Porsche 911 RSRs. Nick Tandy might have gone still faster but ran long in Turn 1 on his final flyer in the #911 Porsche, and will line up sixth, alongside the second BMW of Bruno Spengler.

Corey Fergus took a brilliant GT Daytona-class pole for Compass Racing in the dramatic McLaren 720S GT3, beating Aaron Telitz’s Lexus RC F GT3 by 0.137sec.

Third fastest was the ever-trusty Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Robby Foley, who just edged the second Lexus of Frankie Montecalvo and the WeatherTech Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 of Cooper MacNeil.

The two Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s of Matt McMurry and Misha Goikhberg will line up sixth and seventh.

This evening's 2hr40min race begins at 6.10pm local (Eastern) time.

Qualifying results:

1

7

Brazil
Brazil

Ricky Taylor

DPi

Acura DPi

1'34.390

 

2

77

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tristan Nunez

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'34.422

0.032

3

55

United States
United States

Harry Tincknell

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'34.454

0.064

4

6

United States
United States

Juan Pablo Montoya

DPi

Acura DPi

1'34.532

0.142

5

10

Netherlands
Netherlands

Ryan Briscoe

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'35.061

0.671

6

31

Colombia
Colombia

Pipo Derani

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'35.244

0.854

7

5

Portugal
Portugal

Sébastien Bourdais

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'35.737

1.347

8

85

United States
United States

Tristan Vautier

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'35.945

1.555

9

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tommy Milner

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

1'42.251

7.861

10

3

Spain
Spain

Jordan Taylor

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

1'42.523

8.133

11

24

Finland
Finland

John Edwards

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'42.628

8.238

12

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Laurens Vanthoor

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

1'42.629

8.239

13

25

Canada
Canada

Connor de Phillippi

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'42.674

8.284

14

911

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Frédéric Makowiecki

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

1'42.754

8.364

15

76

United States
United States

Paul Holton

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

1'47.015

12.625

16

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Aaron Telitz

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'47.152

12.762

17

96

United States
United States

Bill Auberlen

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

1'47.468

13.078

18

12

United States
United States

Townsend Bell

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'47.502

13.112

19

63

United States
United States

Toni Vilander

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

1'47.595

13.205

20

86

Germany
Germany

Matt McMurry

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'47.779

13.389

21

57

Portugal
Portugal

Mikhail Goikhberg

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'47.799

13.409

22

16

United States
United States

Patrick Long

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

1'47.839

13.449

23

74

United States
United States

Lawson Aschenbach

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

1'47.998

13.608

24

44

United States
United States

John Potter

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

1'48.772

14.382

25

22

United States
United States

Marc Miller

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'48.795

14.405

26

30

United States
United States

Spencer Pumpelly

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

1'49.193

14.803

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