Castroneves Acura beats Mazdas to pole for IMSA Daytona

Helio Castroneves set the best lap of Daytona to earn Acura Team Penske pole for the IMSA WeatherTech 240 in a close battle for top honours between Acura and Mazda

Castroneves Acura beats Mazdas to pole for IMSA Daytona

A mere 0.142 seconds covered the top four cars, with Castroneves taking the pole by just 0.032s from the best of the Mazda RT24-Ps driven by Oliver Jarvis, with Jonathan Bomarito's Mazda a further 0.032s behind and 0.078s ahead of defending IMSA SportsCar champion Juan Pablo Montoya in a second Acura ARX-05.

Despite getting little practice this morning due to a flat tire for Renger Van der Zande at 190mph, Wayne Taylor Racing ended up with the fastest Cadillac DPi-V.R thanks to Ryan Briscoe's best effort.

The former IndyCar ace was perhaps surprisingly only 0.671s off top spot, but was 0.183s ahead of Gabby Chaves who is sharing the Action Express Racing Caddy with Pipo Derani in place of the COVID-19-afflicted Felipe Nasr.

The JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillacs of Joao Barbosa and Chris Miller were seventh and eighth.

Oliver Gavin and Jordan Taylor produced a 1-2 for Corvette Racing's two-race-old C8.R in GT Le Mans, with the former (below) an impressive 0.272s clear of his team-mate who in turn was one-tenth faster than the third place car.

That car was the RLL-run BMW M8 of Jesse Krohn who was just 0.001s faster than Laurens Vanthoor in the faster of the two Porsche 911 RSRs. Nick Tandy might have gone faster still but ran wide in Turn 1 on his final flyer in the #911 Porsche and will line up sixth, alongside the second BMW of Bruno Spengler.

Corey Fergus took a brilliant GT Daytona-class pole for Compass Racing in the McLaren 720S, beating Aaron Telitz's Lexus RC F by 0.137s.

Third fastest in class was the ever-trusty Turner Motorsport BMW M6 of Robby Foley, who just edged the second Lexus of Frankie Montecalvo and the WeatherTech Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 of Cooper MacNeil.

Qualifying result

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 DPi H.Castroneves, R.Taylor Acura Team Penske Acura 1m34.390s
2 DPi O.Jarvis, T.Nunez Mazda Team Joest Mazda 0.032s
3 DPi J.Bomarito, H.Tincknell Mazda Team Joest Mazda 0.064s
4 DPi D.Cameron, J.P.Montoya Acura Team Penske Acura 0.142s
5 DPi R.van der Zande, R.Briscoe Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 0.671s
6 DPi G.Chaves, P.Derani Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac 0.854s
7 DPi J.Barbosa, S.Bourdais JDC-Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac 1.347s
8 DPi C.Miller, T.Vautier JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac 1.555s
9 GTLM O.Gavin, T.Milner Corvette Racing Chevrolet 7.861s
10 GTLM A.Garcia, J.Taylor Corvette Racing Chevrolet 8.133s
11 GTLM J.Krohn, J.M.Edwards BMW Team RLL BMW 8.238s
12 GTLM E.Bamber, L.Vanthoor Porsche GT Team Porsche 8.239s
13 GTLM B.Spengler, C.De Phillippi BMW Team RLL BMW 8.284s
14 GTLM N.Tandy, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 8.364s
15 GTD C.Fergus, P.Holton Compass Racing McLaren 12.625s
16 GTD J.Hawksworth, A.Telitz AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus 12.762s
17 GTD R.Foley, B.Auberlen Turner Motorsport BMW 13.078s
18 GTD F.Montecalvo, T.Bell AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus 13.112s
19 GTD C.MacNeil, T.Vilander Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 13.205s
20 GTD M.Farnbacher, M.McMurry Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura 13.389s
21 GTD A.Parente, M.Goikhberg Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing Acura 13.409s
22 GTD R.Hardwick, P.Long Wright Motorsports Porsche 13.449s
23 GTD G.Robinson, L.Aschenbach Riley Motorsports Mercedes 13.608s
24 GTD A.Lally, J.Potter GRT Magnus Racing Team Lamborghini 14.382s
25 GTD T.Bechtolsheimer, M.Miller Gradient Racing Acura 14.405s
26 GTD R.Ferriol, S.Pumpelly Team Hardpoint Audi 14.803s
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