Detroit IMSA: Magnussen beats Tincknell to pole by 0.021s

Kevin Magnussen earned his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position for the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac team in Detroit, edging the Mazda of Harry Tincknell when a red flag ended the session early.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen beats Tincknell to pole by 0.021s
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Magnussen, embroiled in a battle for pole with Tristan Vautier of JDC-Miller MotorSports and Pipo Derani of Action Express Racing, suddenly had a new target after Vautier hurtled sideways into the Turn 4 tire wall, but Race Control delayed hanging the red flag.

This allowed Tincknell’s RT24-P and Magnussen’s DPi-V.R to complete their flying laps. The Mazda driver turned a 1min20.052sec to go top, but the #01 Ganassi Cadillac trimmed 0.021sec off that time and the former Formula 1 driver earned his first IMSA pole in the car he shares with Renger van der Zande.

With Vautier losing his best time for causing a red flag, Derani was promoted to third ahead of Ricky Taylor in the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05. Olivier Pla in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura was 1.4sec off the ultimate pace in fifth.

Pole sitter #39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3, GTD: Richard Heistand

Pole sitter #39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3, GTD: Richard Heistand

Photo by: Gavin Baker / Motorsport Images

An outstanding Richard Heistand earned GT Daytona pole in the Carbahn Peregrine Racing Audi R8 LMS, beating his former team, Vasser Sullivan, into second place by 0.088sec.

Frankie Montecalvo was second fastest in the #12 Lexus RC F GT3, ahead of Roman De Angelis in the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage, and Robby Foley’s BMW M6 GT3 (Turner Motorsport).

One of the favorites for pole before qualifying, the #14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus, was left handling like a dodgy supermarket shopping cart after Aaron Telitz smacked the right rear into the wall on the exit of Turn 2. It also meant his co-driver, Jack Hawksworth, had nothing to drive in the Pro segment of qualifying that decides qualifying points.

However, Telitz’s best to that point kept him fifth, ahead of Madison Snow’s Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan.

When the Pros took over the cars, the Corvettes – who are running for show, rather than points this weekend – also joined the fray, with Jordan Taylor steering the #3 C8.R and Nick Tandy in the #4. That mini-battle was resolved in Tandy’s favor by an impressive 0.323sec.

Among GTD Pro drivers, Mario Farnbacher’s Compass Racing Acura NSX edged Ross Gunn’s Aston Martin Vantage by 0.123sec. Townsend Bell, drafted in at the last minute to sub for COVID-positive Zach Veach, was a highly impressive third fastest ahead of the Jeff Westphal in the pole-winning Audi, Katherine Legge in the Hardpoint EBM Porsche 911, and Mikael Grenier in the SunEnergy1 Mercedes.

Qualifying results:

Cla Num Driver Class Time Gap
1 01 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
DPi 1'20.031  
2 55 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi 1'20.052 0.021
3 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi 1'20.161 0.130
4 10 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi 1'20.299 0.268
5 5 France Tristan Vautier
France Loic Duval
DPi 1'20.532 0.501
6 60 United States Dane Cameron
France Olivier Pla
DPi 1'21.455 1.424
7 4 United States Tommy Milner
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM 1'27.283 7.252
8 3 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
GTLM 1'27.606 7.575
9 76 Jeff Kingsley
Germany Mario Farnbacher
GTD 1'29.871 9.840
10 23 Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
GTD 1'29.994 9.963
11 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD 1'30.008 9.977
12 39 United States Richard Heistand
United States Jeff Westphal
GTD 1'30.110 10.079
13 88 United States Rob Ferriol
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
GTD 1'30.140 10.109
14 75 Australia Kenny Habul
Canada Mikael Grenier
GTD 1'30.240 10.209
15 28 Canada Daniel Morad
United States Michael de Quesada
GTD 1'30.471 10.440
16 1 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
GTD 1'30.485 10.454
17 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD 1'30.698 10.667
18 19 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
Italy Marco Mapelli
GTD 1'30.810 10.779
19 66 United States Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
GTD 1'30.994 10.963
20 14 United States Aaron Telitz
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
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