Albuquerque (Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05) clocked 1m49.303s then improved to 1m48.955s. “It was just amazing,” he said of his pole lap.
Alex Lynn responded with 1m49.097s in his Ganassi Racing Cadillac Chip which was good for the outside of the front row. Tom Blomqvist (Meyer Shank Racing Acura) took third with 1m49.984s, but his late race strategy was compromised by a red flag.
With two minutes to go, Sébastien Bourdais dropped his #01 CGR Caddy on the final corner and raced through the gravel at high speed and into the tire wall. He is unscathed but will leave last in the class.
Richard Westbrook qualified fourth in JDC-Miller’s Cadillac, ahead of Oliver Pla’s Action Express version.
Steven Thomas, who has a new partner this weekend, as Tristan Nunez replaces Jonathan Bomarito, took LMP2 pole for PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, a tenth clear of Patrick Kelly’s sister car.
Malthe Jakobsen took LMP3 pole for Sean Creech Motorsport, nearly three-quarters of a second ahead of Jarett Andretti (Andretti Autosport).
#14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3: Jack Hawksworth, Ben Barnicoat
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Lexus takes GTD pole after Porsche battle
In GTD, the pole changed hands several times between several manufacturers throughout the session.
Frankie Montecalvo (VasserSullivan Lexus RC F) set the pace early in the race with a time of 2m05.334s. Antonio Garcia took provisional pole in his Chevrolet Corvette C8.R in 2m05.930s, then reduced it to 2m05.829s.
Robby Foley put BMW in the mix, with 2m06.084s in the Turner Motorsports M4, while Montecalvo improved to 2m06.224s.
But in the dying moments, Pfaff Porsche’s Matt Campbell grabbed top spot with 2m05.618s before Hawksworth snatched it with 2m05.365s in the Pro VasserSullivan Lexus class, leading the quarter session of a second.
Campbell made a desperate last attempt and was 0.3 seconds quicker than pole in sector 2, but spun around the final corner and possibly damaged the Michelins he will have to start the race with. race.
There was also a huge moment for Alex Riberas’ Aston Martin Vantage Heart of Racing, which made a mad dash through the grass as it exited The Kink.
Garcia will start third, ending the session nearly half a second behind, ahead of non-Pros Foley and Montecalvo.