Laguna Seca IMSA: Albuquerque sets pole position in WTR Acura

Filipe Albuquerque’s Wayne Taylor Racing Acura will start IMSA’s Hyundai Monterey Sports Car event at Laguna Seca from pole position after beating Dane Cameron by 0.023s in qualifying.

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Cameron set the early pace in his Meyer Shank Acura DPi at 1m14.957s, repeatedly swapping the top spot early on with Albuquerque, who eventually took over with a lap of 1m14.441s that won the pole, compared to Cameron’s 1m14.464s.

Kevin Magnussen (Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac) was third quickest, over half a second off the pace, ahead of Mazda’s Harry Tincknell – who was only fourth fastest after pacing the morning’s practice session.

UPDATE: After qualifying, the Mazda failed technical inspection and will start at the rear of the six-car DPi field.

Pipo Derani (Action Express Cadillac DPi) now starts fourth, while Tristan Vautier’s JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac was just over a second off the pace but starts fifth.

Ben Keating took LMP2 pole in his PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA at 1m17.227s, well clear of Dwight Merriman in his Era Motorsport ORECA, whose best time was 1m19.873s.

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Taylor beats Milner for GTLM pole

Jordan Taylor scored his now customary GTLM pole for Corvette Racing by lapping his C8.R in 1m21.151s, which was 0.116s faster than Tommy Milner. Cooper MacNeil was 0.78s off the pace in the WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19.

In GTD, Robby Foley’s Turner Motorsports BMW M6 set the early pace at 1m25.089s. Practice pacesetter Madison Snow, in his Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan, took control with 1m24.711s before he was toppled again by Foley on 1m24.568s.

Trent Hindman’s Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R then hit P1 with 1m24.505s, grabbing pole from Foley by 0.063s.

Roman de Angelis qualified third in his Heart of Racing-run Aston Martin Vantage, ahead of Snow, Richard Heistand (CarBahn with Peregrine Audi R8) and Zacharie Robichon in the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche.

Cla Driver Class Chassis Time Gap km/h
1 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Acura DPi 1'14.441   108.231
2 United States Dane Cameron
France Olivier Pla
DPi Acura DPi 1'14.464 0.023 108.197
3 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'15.026 0.585 107.387
4 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi 1'15.052 0.611 107.350
5 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'15.384 0.943 106.877
6 France Tristan Vautier
France Loic Duval
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'15.451 1.010 106.782
7 United States Ben Keating
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'17.227 2.786 104.326
8 United States Dwight Merriman
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'19.873 5.432 100.870
9 United States Thomas Steven
United States Tristan Nunez
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'19.894 5.453 100.844
10 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'21.151 6.710 99.282
11 United States Tommy Milner
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'21.267 6.826 99.140
12 Canada John Farano
France Gabriel Aubry
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'21.563 7.122 98.780
13 United States Cooper MacNeil
Australia Matt Campbell
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 1'21.931 7.490 98.336
14 United States Trent Hindman
United States Patrick Long
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'24.505 10.064 95.341
15 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'24.568 10.127 95.270
16 Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'24.591 10.150 95.244
17 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'24.711 10.270 95.109
18 United States Richard Heistand
United States Jeff Westphal
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'24.751 10.310 95.064
19 Canada Zacharie Robichon
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'24.754 10.313 95.061
20 United States Aaron Telitz
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'24.802 10.361 95.007
21 United Kingdom Ian James
Spain Alex Riberas
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'25.385 10.944 94.358
22 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Zach Veach
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'25.600 11.159 94.121
23 United States Rob Ferriol
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'25.813 11.372 93.888
24 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Jacob Abel
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'25.875 11.434 93.820
25 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'26.613 12.172 93.021
26 United States Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
GTD Acura NSX GT3      
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