Theys, Doran-Lista take season finale pole at Daytona

Theys, Doran-Lista take season finale pole at Daytona

In a not surprise move, Didier Theys grabbed the pole for Doran Lista Racing at Daytona International Speedway for his seventh pole of the season (Homestead-Miami was based on points). Theys and team mate Freddy Lienhard Jr will lead the field to...

In a not surprise move, Didier Theys grabbed the pole for Doran Lista Racing at Daytona International Speedway for his seventh pole of the season (Homestead-Miami was based on points). Theys and team mate Freddy Lienhard Jr will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday for the season finale of the Grand American Rolex Series.

Didier Theys.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.

"It was pretty hot and the track was quite slippery," said Theys. "We had to go up on the tire compound this afternoon, but the grip on our Goodyears was good. We have good balance on the car."

Theys's closest challenger for the driver's championship, Chris Dyson, sits third on the grid, along with his team mate James Weaver in the No. 16 Dyson Racing. The second spot was taken by their team car in the No. 20, Butch Leitzinger and Rob Dyson.

Both Doran Lista's fastest lap and the No. 20 Dyson Racing were on lap four. With Theys speed at 126.499 miles per hour and Leitzinger at 125.422 mph. One lap later, Weaver was just slightly slower at 125.384 mph.

The season finale will decide the driver's title in SRP, as Theys leads rookie Chris Dyson by only nine points. Should Dyson win Sunday's race, Theys would need to finish fourth to clinch the championship. Should the two end up tied, Dyson would win due to having the most wins.

In SRP II, Rand Racing's Ralf Kelleners took the top position for class and seventh on the overall grid. Kelleners and co-driver Nic Jonsson will have to contend with their team car for points as Terry Borcheller and Anthony Lazzaro are not far behind them on the grid (second in class and tenth overall).

The team chasing the two Rand Racing cars for team bragging rights, G&W Motorsports sits 16th overall (third in the class). Darren Law and Andy Lally have their work cut out for them during the three-hour race on Sunday. Law and Borcheller will also be battling it out for the driver's championship.

Tommy Riggins and David Machavern are atop the AGT class for the Heritage Motorsports team while the team point leaders, Morgan Dollar Motorsports No. 46 driven by Rob Morgan and Charles Morgan are right behind them on the grid.

Franz Konrad and Sean Murphy had the fastest GTS time and Joao Barbosa and Policand were fastest for GT.

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