IMSA Laguna Seca: Acuras lock out front row, Corvette tops GTLM

David Malsher-Lopez
·5-min read

Defending champion Montoya turned a 1min15.174sec of the 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, to beat his championship-contending teammate Castroneves by 0.159sec.

Oliver Jarvis fell just 0.078sec short of splitting the ARX-05s with his Mazda RT24-Ps, and was a mere 0.009sec ahead of Pipo Derani’s best in the fastest of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, Action Express Racing’s entry piloted by Pipo Derani.

JDC Miller Motorsports’ Tristan Vautier did a fine job to nab fifth ahead of the second Mazda of Jonathan Bomarito, while Ryan Briscoe and Matheus Leist completed the fourth row for Wayne Taylor Racing and JDC Miller respectively.

Patrick Kelly, driving the sole LMP2 entry this weekend, turned 11 laps of the track, and despite a few offs as he explored the limits of his PR1-Mathiasen Oreca, came well within 2sec of the top DPi time.

Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor worked hard to land his fourth GT Le Mans pole position of the season, setting a 1min21.483sec lap – a new GTLM class record – on his final flyer.

Porsche’s Laurens Vanthoor, despite an off, was able to clean his Michelins and draw within a quarter-second of his rival, but it turned out that championship leader Taylor had delivered the #3 C8.R’s fifth pole of the year.

Oliver Gavin, who it was revealed yesterday would be stepping down from Corvette’s full-time driver roster at season’s end, landed P3 ahead of the two BMW M8s.

Frederic Makowiecki’s #911 Porsche emerged late in the session and ran only two laps before pitting.

Matt McMurry set a 1min25.125sec in the #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX and then parked after just four laps leaving others a tough target at which to aim. Robby Foley, whose Turner Motorsports BMW M6 topped both of Saturday’s practice sessions, lowered his deficit to the Acura from 0.055sec to 0.014sec but couldn’t quite complete the job and quit trying after six laps. That left McMurry with his first ever GT Daytona-class pole.

Cooper MacNeil was 0.2sec adrift in the WeatherTech Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488, but was fast enough to beat the second MSR Acura of Misha Goikhberg by a tenth.

Frankie Montecalvo’s #12 Lexus RC F took fifth, but the sister car was out of luck. Aaron Telitz suffered a right-rear puncture on the #14 Lexus RC F after turning just three laps and his best effort to that point saw him fall to 10th, since teams aren’t allowed to touch their cars during the qualifying sessions, meaning he was unable to collect a new tire.

That misfortune allowed Ian James to claim sixth in the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage ahead of Jeff Kingsley’s Compass Racing McLaren 720S and Till Bechtolshiemer in the Gradient Racing Acura.

The 2hr40min race – the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship – begins at 1.05pm local (Pacific) time, 4.05pm ET.

1

6

Colombia
Colombia

Juan Pablo Montoya
Dane Cameron

United States
United States

DPi

Acura DPi

8

1'15.174

2

7

Brazil
Brazil

Helio Castroneves
Ricky Taylor

United States
United States

DPi

Acura DPi

9

1'15.333

0.159

3

77

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez

United States
United States

DPi

Mazda DPi

7

1'15.411

0.237

4

31

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani

Brazil
Brazil

DPi

Cadillac DPi

8

1'15.420

0.246

5

5

France
France

Sébastien Bourdais
Tristan Vautier

France
France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

8

1'15.461

0.287

6

55

United States
United States

Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

DPi

Mazda DPi

8

1'15.580

0.406

7

10

Netherlands
Netherlands

Renger van der Zande
Ryan Briscoe

Australia
Australia

DPi

Cadillac DPi

8

1'15.729

0.555

8

85

Brazil
Brazil

Matheus Leist
Stephen Simpson

South Africa
South Africa

DPi

Cadillac DPi

8

1'15.852

0.678

9

52

United States
United States

Patrick Kelly
Simon Trummer

Switzerland
Switzerland

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

11

1'19.598

4.424

10

3

Spain
Spain

Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor

United States
United States

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

6

1'21.483

6.309

11

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor

Belgium
Belgium

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

7

1'21.725

6.551

12

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner

United States
United States

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

6

1'21.853

6.679

13

25

Canada
Canada

Bruno Spengler
Connor de Phillippi

United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

5

1'22.054

6.880

14

24

Finland
Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards

United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

4

1'22.120

6.946

15

86

Germany
Germany

Mario Farnbacher
Matt McMurry

United States
United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

4

1'25.126

9.952

16

96

United States
United States

Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley

United States
United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

6

1'25.140

9.966

17

63

United States
United States

Cooper MacNeil
Alessandro Balzan

Italy
Italy

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

7

1'25.318

10.144

18

57

Portugal
Portugal

Alvaro Parente
Mikhail Goikhberg

Canada
Canada

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

5

1'25.426

10.252

19

12

United States
United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell

United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

4

1'25.475

10.301

20

23

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ian James
Roman De Angelis

Canada
Canada

GTD

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

5

1'25.676

10.502

21

76

Jeff Kingsley
Paul Holton

United States
United States

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

7

1'25.826

10.652

22

22

United States
United States

Till Bechtolsheimer
Marc Miller

United States
United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

8

1'26.012

10.838

23

16

United States
United States

Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long

United States
United States

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

5

1'26.171

10.997

24

44

United States
United States

Andy Lally
John Potter

United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

6

1'26.359

11.185

25

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jack Hawksworth
Aaron Telitz

United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

3

1'26.404

11.230

26

30

United States
United States

Rob Ferriol
Spencer Pumpelly

United States
United States

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

7

1'26.791

11.617

27

74

United States
United States

Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach

United States
United States

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

8

1'29.460

14.286

28

911

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki

France
France

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

2

1'32.856

17.682

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