BOWMANVILLE, Canada (July 20, 2013) – CORE autosport proved it had the pace for the American Le Mans Series Prototype Challenge pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, but Colin Braun was denied the top honor when the qualifying session ended prematurely for a red flag. In GT, Patrick Long qualified CORE’s Porsche seventh.
Braun, the defending PC polesitter and qualifying lap record holder at the 2.459-mile track set a blistering time of 1:10.303 (125.918 mph) in the No. 05 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09, four tenths quicker than his nearest competition. Despite setting the quickest lap in qualifying, Braun was not awarded the pole position on a technicality; ALMS rules stipulate a qualifying session must last a minimum of 10 minutes and PC qualifying ended 20 seconds short of that mark due to a red flag.
Per the ALMS rulebook, Sunday’s PC grid will now be set by the current PC point standings, which puts the No. 05 second.
Driver: No. 05 ORECA FLM09 PC
“It’s frustrating. I think this team deserved the pole and everybody knows that. When the green flag drops tomorrow, everyone forgets about what happened today, so it’s about looking forward.
“We had a really fast car. We made a couple changes after the last practice that were definitely geared toward our race setup and we wanted to see where we’d be for race pace while sacrificing a little qualifying speed, so I’m surprised we were that much faster than everyone else in qualifying. It’s a testament to the hard work that Travis Low (race engineer), Jon Bennett and the CORE autosport guys did setting this car up.”
Driver: No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
“Today was a hard fought effort. I’m happy with the way the day ended up because we extracted the most out of the car when it counted. In saying that, I’m disappointed because it’s not near where we need to be pace-wise. At this point, we just keep our heads down and we know from past years here that the pace from qualifying to the race, between us and our competitors, really narrows. We just have to hold hope that, that will be the case tomorrow.
“It’s not easy to pass here. This is a handling track and you need to keep your tires underneath you. Twenty minutes into the first stint, we’ll know where we stand.”