Castroneves Acura beats Mazdas to pole for IMSA Daytona | 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 Ac

Castroneves Acura beats Mazdas to pole for IMSA Daytona

Castroneves Acura beats Mazdas to pole for IMSA Daytona

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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.

Qualifying result

PosClassDriverTeamCarGap
1DPiH.Castroneves, R.TaylorAcura Team PenskeAcura1m34.390s
2DPiO.Jarvis, T.NunezMazda Team JoestMazda0.032s
3DPiJ.Bomarito, H.TincknellMazda Team JoestMazda0.064s
4DPiD.Cameron, J.P.MontoyaAcura Team PenskeAcura0.142s
5DPiR.van der Zande, R.BriscoeKonica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.RCadillac0.671s
6DPiG.Chaves, P.DeraniWhelen Engineering RacingCadillac0.854s
7DPiJ.Barbosa, S.BourdaisJDC-Mustang Sampling RacingCadillac1.347s
8DPiC.Miller, T.VautierJDC-Miller MotorsportsCadillac1.555s
9GTLMO.Gavin, T.MilnerCorvette RacingChevrolet7.861s
10GTLMA.Garcia, J.TaylorCorvette RacingChevrolet8.133s
11GTLMJ.Krohn, J.M.EdwardsBMW Team RLLBMW8.238s
12GTLME.Bamber, L.VanthoorPorsche GT TeamPorsche8.239s
13GTLMB.Spengler, C.De PhillippiBMW Team RLLBMW8.284s
14GTLMN.Tandy, F.MakowieckiPorsche GT TeamPorsche8.364s
15GTDC.Fergus, P.HoltonCompass RacingMcLaren12.625s
16GTDJ.Hawksworth, A.TelitzAIM Vasser SullivanLexus12.762s
17GTDR.Foley, B.AuberlenTurner MotorsportBMW13.078s
18GTDF.Montecalvo, T.BellAIM Vasser SullivanLexus13.112s
19GTDC.MacNeil, T.VilanderScuderia CorsaFerrari13.205s
20GTDM.Farnbacher, M.McMurryMeyer Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAcura13.389s
21GTDA.Parente, M.GoikhbergHeinricher Racing with Meyer Shank RacingAcura13.409s
22GTDR.Hardwick, P.LongWright MotorsportsPorsche13.449s
23GTDG.Robinson, L.AschenbachRiley MotorsportsMercedes13.608s
24GTDA.Lally, J.PotterGRT Magnus Racing TeamLamborghini14.382s
25GTDT.Bechtolsheimer, M.MillerGradient RacingAcura14.405s
26GTDR.Ferriol, S.PumpellyTeam HardpointAudi14.803s



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