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St Pete PWC: Mancinelli grabs shock GT pole

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St Pete PWC: Mancinelli grabs shock GT pole
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Mar 10, 2017, 4:04 PM

Daniel Mancinelli will start the first race of the Pirelli World Challenge GT series from pole position at St Petersburg.

#61 R.Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3: Alex Riberas
#4 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS: Pierre Kaffer
#2 CRP Racing Mercedes AMG GT3: Ryan Dalziel
#2 CRP Racing Mercedes AMG GT3: Ryan Dalziel
#9 K-Pax Racing McLaren 650S GT3: Alvaro Parente
#43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3: Ryan Eversley

The Italian TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 driver, a former GP3 racer running in the amateur class, beat Audi’s Pierre Kaffer and reigning champion Alvaro Parente to the top spot as a red flag ended the session early.

James Davison set the early pace in his TRG Aston Martin on 1m14.593s, before Patrick Long (Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3R) took away pole with 1m14.184s, as Davison improved to 1m14.188s, just 0.004s shy.

Alex Riberas (R Ferri Ferrari) took grabbed spot on 1m14.066s halfway through, before Mancinelli – who didn’t complete a time lap in practice yesterday – dipped under the 1m14s barrier with a 1m13.953s.

Parente leapt back to second on 1m.13.990s, 0.037s off the fastest time but Kaffer took second in his R8 on 1m13.990s, setting the same time as Parente.

A red flag interrupted the session with 2m44s on the clock, as Jorge de la Torre found the tyrewall. It was not restarted as the track required further repairs, as it did yesterday.

Riberas will start fourth, ahead of Long, Davison, Jon Fogarty (Gainsco Porsche) and Ryan Dalziel (Mercedes).

The only Acura NSX in qualifying was Peter Kox in 14th, after Ryan Eversley hit the wall in his yesterday.

Following his remarkable performance, Mancinelli has been reclassified in the overall GT class.

New Chevy tops GTS qualifying

Lawson Aschenbach got the new Blackdog-run Chevrolet Camaro GT4 off to a flying start by taking pole position for its first-ever GTS class race.

He lapped in 1m18.855s, almost a quarter of a second clear of the Ginetta G55 of Parker Chase. Andrew Aquilante was third fastest in his Ford Mustang, with Jade Buford’s SIN heading the KTMs of Frankie Montecalvo and Martin Barkey.

The new Panoz Avezzano of Ian James qualified ninth in the 19-car field.

GT qualifying times 

ClaDriverClassCarLapsTimeGapIntervalkm/h
1 31 italy  Daniel Mancinelli  GTA Ferrari 488 GT3 8 1'13.953     87.623
2 4 germany  Pierre Kaffer  GT Audi R8 LMS 12 1'13.990 0.037 0.037 87.579
3 9 portugal  Alvaro Parente  GT McLaren 650S 11 1'13.990 0.037 0.000 87.579
4 61 spain  Alex Riberas  GT Ferrari 488 GT3 9 1'14.066 0.113 0.076 87.490
5 58 united_states  Patrick Long  GT Porsche 911 GT3 R 11 1'14.184 0.231 0.118 87.350
6 007 australia  James Davison  GT Aston Vantage GT3 11 1'14.188 0.235 0.004 87.346
7 3 united_states  Johnny O'Connell  GT Cadillac ATS-V.R 12 1'14.286 0.333 0.098 87.230
8 99 united_states  Jon Fogarty  GT Porsche 911 GT3 R 11 1'14.316 0.363 0.030 87.195
9 2 united_kingdom  Ryan Dalziel  GT Mercedes AMG GT3 12 1'14.350 0.397 0.034 87.155
10 8 united_states  Michael Cooper  GT Cadillac ATS-V.R 11 1'14.621 0.668 0.271 86.839
11 6 united_states  Bryan Sellers  GT McLaren 650S 12 1'14.733 0.780 0.112 86.709
12 88 hong_kong  Adderly Fong  GT Bentley Continental GT3 11 1'14.741 0.788 0.008 86.699
13 17 united_states  Alec Udell  GTA Porsche 911 GT3 R 11 1'14.796 0.843 0.055 86.636
14 93 netherlands  Peter Kox  GT Acura NSX GT3 11 1'14.836 0.883 0.040 86.589
15 16 united_states  Michael Schein  GTA Porsche 911 GT3 R 10 1'15.374 1.421 0.538 85.971
16 98 united_states  Mike Hedlund  GTA McLaren 650S 8 1'15.548 1.595 0.174 85.773
17 14 united_states  James Sofronas  GTA Porsche 911 GT3 R 10 1'15.975 2.022 0.427 85.291
18 69 argentina  Pablo Pérez Companc  GTA Mercedes AMG GT3 9 1'16.131 2.178 0.156 85.116
19 78 china  Yufeng Luo  GTA Bentley Continental GT3 10 1'16.897 2.944 0.766 84.269
20 44 united_states  John Potter  GTA Audi R8 LMS 13 1'17.306 3.353 0.409 83.823
21 54 united_states  Tim Pappas  GTA Mercedes AMG GT3 12 1'17.717 3.764 0.411 83.379
22 04 mexico  Jorge de la Torre  GTA Aston Vantage GT3 12 1'18.038 4.085 0.321 83.036
23 11 united_states  Marko Radisic  GT Cup Ferrari Challenge Evo 5 1'20.768 6.815 2.730 80.230
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