IMSA Sebring: AXR Cadillac, Corvette, Lexus take poles

David Malsher-Lopez
·4-min read

Derani lapped the 17-turn 3.74-mile Sebring course in 1min46.733sec to grab pole for the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Juan Pablo Montoya ensured it wasn’t a Cadillac DPi-V.R lockout of Row 1, but his Acura Team Penske ARX-05 fell 0.216sec short of P1, albeit 0.16sec faster than Renger van der Zande in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy.

Tristan Nunez was by far the faster of the two Mazda drivers – according to IMSA Radio’s Shea Adam, Jonathan Bomarito discovered a radically different setup for the #55 RT24-P that was definitely not the right way to go – but even the #77 was 0.467sec from top spot.

Sebastien Bourdais and Stephen Simpson were fifth and seventh for JDC-Miller Motorsports, split by Helio Castroneves in the second Acura.

In LMP2, Kelly’s PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport ORECA took top spot by over half a second from Henrik Hedman in the DragonSpeed entry.

Taylor set a new GT Le Mans class record to deliver the second straight pole for the Corvette Racing team, the #3 C8.R lapping Sebring in 1min55.634sec to eclipse his Daytona pole-winning teammate Oliver Gavin by 0.381sec.

Porsche’s Frederic Makowiecki fell less than a tenth short of splitting the ’Vettes but could be satisfied with outpacing teammate Laurens Vanthoor by 0.3sec.

Jesse Krohn was in the faster of the two Rahal Letterman Lanigan-run BMW M8s, almost three-tenths faster than Bruno Spengler, but almost one second slower than the pole-winning C8.R.

The GT Daytona scrap was very much a two-car battle between the Daytona race dominators, the Lexus RC F GT3s of AIM Vasser Sullivan. And it was Montecalvo in the #12 car who earned his first-ever IMSA pole, edging Aaron Telitz by 0.067sec.

Cooper MacNeil in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 edged Robby Foley’s Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 by 0.029sec, but was still nearly 0.9sec behind the Lexus pair.

Corey Fergus was fifth fastest in the Compass Racing McLaren 720S GT3, beating Gar Robinson’s best effort in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3. Seventh-placed Ryan Hardwick’s Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R was a further 0.35sec behind.

Qualifying results:

1

31

Brazil

Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani

Brazil

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'46.733

2

6

United States

Dane Cameron
Juan Pablo Montoya

Colombia

DPi

Acura DPi

1'46.949

0.216

3

10

Netherlands

Renger van der Zande
Ryan Briscoe

Australia

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'47.110

0.377

4

77

United Kingdom

Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez

United States

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'47.200

0.467

5

5

Portugal

Joao Barbosa
Sébastien Bourdais

France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'47.276

0.543

6

7

Brazil

Helio Castroneves
Ricky Taylor

United States

DPi

Acura DPi

1'47.425

0.692

7

85

South Africa

Stephen Simpson
Tristan Vautier

France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'47.824

1.091

8

55

United States

Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell

United Kingdom

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'47.856

1.123

9

52

Patrick Kelly
Spencer Pigot

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'51.526

4.793

10

81

Sweden

Henrik Hedman
Gustavo Menezes

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'52.085

5.352

11

38

Canada

Cameron Cassels
Kyle Masson

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'52.681

5.948

12

8

Canada

John Farano
Ryan Dalziel

United Kingdom

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'54.938

8.205

13

18

United States

Dwight Merriman
Kyle Tilley

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'55.012

8.279

14

3

Spain

Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor

United States

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

1'55.634

8.901

15

4

United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner

United States

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

1'56.015

9.282

16

911

United Kingdom

Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki

France

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

1'56.079

9.346

17

912

New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor

Belgium

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

1'56.398

9.665

18

24

Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards

United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'56.620

9.887

19

25

Canada

Bruno Spengler
Connor de Phillippi

United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'56.909

10.176

20

12

United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell

United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

2'01.190

14.457

21

14

United Kingdom

Jack Hawksworth
Aaron Telitz

United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

2'01.257

14.524

22

63

United States

Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander

Finland

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

2'02.069

15.336

23

96

United States

Robby Foley
Bill Auberlen

United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

2'02.098

15.365

24

76

United States

Corey Fergus
Paul Holton

United States

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

2'02.203

15.470

25

74

United States

Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach

United States

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

2'02.371

15.638

26

16

United States

Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long

United States

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

2'02.729

15.996

27

22

United States

Till Bechtolsheimer
Marc Miller

United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

2'03.227

16.494

28

30

United States

Rob Ferriol
Spencer Pumpelly

United States

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

2'04.343

17.610

29

44

United States

Andy Lally
John Potter

United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

2'04.424

17.691

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