pole 10 Rand Racing will start from the SRPII pole position for Sunday's Rolex Sports Car Series race , after collecting its 10th class pole of the season. Â Ralf Kelleners covered the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course in one...
Rand Racing will start from the SRPII pole position for Sunday's Rolex Sports Car Series race , after collecting its 10th class pole of the season. Ralf Kelleners covered the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course in one minute 47.260 seconds in the No. 7 Nissan Lola he drives with Niclas Jönsson. SRPII points leader Terry Borcheller qualified second in the No. 8 Lola he shares with Anthony Lazzaro (1:48.587).
It was Kelleners' first pole of the season. He has driven the No. 8 car with Borcheller and Borcheller was selected to qualify at each previous race to maximize his championship points. Switched to the No. 7 car, Kelleners took full advantage of the opportunity.
"I had to get the pole," he said. "Through the whole year I was personally wanting to also be in a position to qualify, but because of the team situation it was not possible. Now I got the chance so I had to make the best of it - I had to have the pole.
"We had some problems this morning, but luckily we went in the right direction [with setup changes] and had a good qualifying run," he said. "I'm not too happy for the race, because I'm still concerned what's going to happen after a couple of laps. We don't know what's going to happen because we couldn't test those changes in a long run."
Borcheller said he struggled with his car's handling. "We changed the car, but it wasn't all the changes, it was the track, too," he explained. "We just missed the setup a little bit. It was loose going in, loose going through and loose coming out. We've got some homework to do before the start of the race to make sure we have a car that's easy to drive."
Terry Borcheller arrived in time for the second practice session on Thursday, after flying all night from Las Vegas. He was in Nevada for the SEMA automotive trade show, where he represented his personal sponsor, K&N Performance Filters.
Niclas Jönsson has realized mutiple benefits from his purchase of a shifter kart earlier this season. In addition to honing his race performance, he has found business opportunities coaching rookie drivers. He recently eased his new students through their first major competition, in Las Vegas.