Helio Castroneves set the best lap of Daytona to earn Acura Team Penske pole for the IMSA WeatherTech 240 in a close battle for top honours between Acura and Mazda.
A mere 0.142 seconds covered the top four cars, with Castroneves taking the pole by just 0.032s from the best of the Mazda RT24-Ps driven by Oliver Jarvis, with Jonathan Bomarito's Mazda a further 0.032s behind and 0.078s ahead of defending IMSA SportsCar champion Juan Pablo Montoya in a second Acura ARX-05.
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 0.671s off top spot, but was 0.183s 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, with the former (below) an impressive 0.272s clear of his team-mate who in turn was one-tenth faster than the third place car.
That car was the RLL-run BMW M8 of Jesse Krohn who was just 0.001s faster than Laurens Vanthoor in the faster of the two Porsche 911 RSRs. Nick Tandy might have gone faster still but ran wide 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 McLaren 720S, beating Aaron Telitz's Lexus RC F by 0.137s.
Third fastest in class was the ever-trusty Turner Motorsport BMW M6 of Robby Foley, who just edged the second Lexus of Frankie Montecalvo and the WeatherTech Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 of Cooper MacNeil.
|1||DPi||H.Castroneves, R.Taylor||Acura Team Penske||Acura||1m34.390s|
|2||DPi||O.Jarvis, T.Nunez||Mazda Team Joest||Mazda||0.032s|
|3||DPi||J.Bomarito, H.Tincknell||Mazda Team Joest||Mazda||0.064s|
|4||DPi||D.Cameron, J.P.Montoya||Acura Team Penske||Acura||0.142s|
|5||DPi||R.van der Zande, R.Briscoe||Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R||Cadillac||0.671s|
|6||DPi||G.Chaves, P.Derani||Whelen Engineering Racing||Cadillac||0.854s|
|7||DPi||J.Barbosa, S.Bourdais||JDC-Mustang Sampling Racing||Cadillac||1.347s|
|8||DPi||C.Miller, T.Vautier||JDC-Miller Motorsports||Cadillac||1.555s|
|9||GTLM||O.Gavin, T.Milner||Corvette Racing||Chevrolet||7.861s|
|10||GTLM||A.Garcia, J.Taylor||Corvette Racing||Chevrolet||8.133s|
|11||GTLM||J.Krohn, J.M.Edwards||BMW Team RLL||BMW||8.238s|
|12||GTLM||E.Bamber, L.Vanthoor||Porsche GT Team||Porsche||8.239s|
|13||GTLM||B.Spengler, C.De Phillippi||BMW Team RLL||BMW||8.284s|
|14||GTLM||N.Tandy, F.Makowiecki||Porsche GT Team||Porsche||8.364s|
|15||GTD||C.Fergus, P.Holton||Compass Racing||McLaren||12.625s|
|16||GTD||J.Hawksworth, A.Telitz||AIM Vasser Sullivan||Lexus||12.762s|
|17||GTD||R.Foley, B.Auberlen||Turner Motorsport||BMW||13.078s|
|18||GTD||F.Montecalvo, T.Bell||AIM Vasser Sullivan||Lexus||13.112s|
|19||GTD||C.MacNeil, T.Vilander||Scuderia Corsa||Ferrari||13.205s|
|20||GTD||M.Farnbacher, M.McMurry||Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian||Acura||13.389s|
|21||GTD||A.Parente, M.Goikhberg||Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing||Acura||13.409s|
|22||GTD||R.Hardwick, P.Long||Wright Motorsports||Porsche||13.449s|
|23||GTD||G.Robinson, L.Aschenbach||Riley Motorsports||Mercedes||13.608s|
|24||GTD||A.Lally, J.Potter||GRT Magnus Racing Team||Lamborghini||14.382s|
|25||GTD||T.Bechtolsheimer, M.Miller||Gradient Racing||Acura||14.405s|
|26||GTD||R.Ferriol, S.Pumpelly||Team Hardpoint||Audi||14.803s|
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