Dane Cameron gives Acura Team Penske Sebring 12 Hours IMSA pole

Dane Cameron took only two laps to lay down an unbeatable lap in the #6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 to snatch pole for the IMSA SportsCar Championship's Sebring 12 Hours

Dane Cameron gives Acura Team Penske Sebring 12 Hours IMSA pole

Cameron, in the car he'll share with Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud, lapped the 3.74-mile airport course in 1m45.865s to score his first-ever pole in the IMSA Prototype category.

He beat both his team-mate Helio Castroneves and Mazda Team Joest's Tristan Nunez by 0.146s - the two cars setting the same time.

But the fact that Nunez set his time before Castroneves means the #77 Mazda will split the Acuras on the grid, Castroneves settling for third.

Filipe Albuquerque headed a trio of Cadillacs in fourth, 0.373s off the pace, ahead of Pipo Derani and Jordan Taylor.

The latter won at the season-opening Daytona 24 Hours alongside ex-Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi.

The second Mazda RT24-P, driven by Jonathan Bomarito, set the fastest time in the first sector but could not put a strong lap together and will start seventh.

Another trio of Cadillacs rounded out the top 10, Simon Trummer leading Tristan Vautier and Will Owen.

In GT Le Mans - the top IMSA GT class - Patrick Pilet (pictured below) led Laurens Vanthoor in a 1-2 for the Porsche 911 RSRs, 0.143s apart.

Pilet grabbed pole position with a 1m55.899s lap, in the car he will share with 2015 Le Mans winner Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki.

Reigning GTLM champ Antonio Garcia was third fastest in the #3 Corvette C7.R, a quarter-second off pole and just 0.031sec faster than the Ford GT of Richard Westbrook, which beat the second Corvette of Tommy Milner by just 0.059sec.

Trent Hindman steered the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX under the two-minute barrier and grabbed pole position in the GT Daytona class.

Qualifying result

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 DPi D.Cameron, J.P.Montoya, S.Pagenaud Acura Team Penske Acura 1m45.865s 5
2 DPi O.Jarvis, T.Nunez, T.Bernhard Mazda Team Joest Mazda 0.146s 4
3 DPi R.Taylor, H.Castroneves, A.Rossi Acura Team Penske Acura 0.146s 5
4 DPi J.Barbosa, B.Hartley, F.Albuquerque Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac 0.373s 7
5 DPi F.Nasr, E.Curran, P.Derani Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac 0.489s 7
6 DPi R.van der Zande, J.Taylor, M.Vaxiviere Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 0.665s 5
7 DPi J.Bomarito, H.Tincknell, O.Pla Mazda Team Joest Mazda 0.967s 3
8 DPi S.Trummer, S.Simpson, C.Miller JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac 1.221s 8
9 DPi M.Goikhberg, T.Vautier, J.Piedrahita JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac 1.410s 7
10 DPi W.Owen, R.Binder, A.Canapino Juncos Racing Cadillac 1.613s 7
11 LMP2 M.McMurry, G.Aubry, A.Fjordbach PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA/Gibson 3.863s 8
12 LMP2 K.Masson, C.Cassels, A.Evans Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA/Gibson 3.874s 8
13 DPi J.Bennett, C.Braun, R.Dumas CORE Autosport Nissan 4.164s 6
14 GTLM P.Pilet, N.Tandy, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 10.034s 4
15 GTLM E.Bamber, L.Vanthoor, M.Jaminet Porsche GT Team Porsche 10.177s 5
16 GTLM J.Magnussen, A.Garcia, M.Rockenfeller Corvette Racing Chevrolet 10.293s 6
17 GTLM R.Briscoe, R.Westbrook, S.Dixon Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford 10.324s 5
18 GTLM O.Gavin, T.Milner, M.Fassler Corvette Racing Chevrolet 10.383s 8
19 GTLM J.Krohn, J.M.Edwards, P.Eng BMW Team RLL BMW 10.621s 5
20 GTLM T.Blomqvist, C.De Phillippi, C.Herta BMW Team RLL BMW 10.621s 4
21 GTLM J.Hand, D.Muller, S.Bourdais Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford 10.866s 6
22 GTD M.Farnbacher, T.Hindman, J.Marks Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura 14.052s 5
23 GTD B.Auberlen, R.Foley, D.Machavern Turner Motorsport BMW 14.434s 5
24 GTD S.Hargrove, Z.Robichon, L.Kern Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 14.639s 5
25 GTD R.Ineichen, M.Bortolotti, R.Breukers GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 14.845s 7
26 GTD B.Gdovic, D.Yount, L.Aschenbach Precision Performance Motorsports Lamborghini 14.910s 8
27 GTD K.Legge, A.Beatriz, C.Nielsen Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing Acura 14.944s 7
28 GTD C.MacNeil, T.Vilander, J.Westphal Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 15.109s 5
29 GTD F.Montecalvo, T.Bell, A.Telitz AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus 15.235s 6
30 GTD B.Keating, J.Bleekemolen, F.Fraga Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes 15.319s 6
31 GTD D.Morad, C.Mies, R.Feller Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi 15.324s 6
32 GTD P.Chase, R.Dalziel, E.P.Companc Starworks Motorsport Audi 15.468s 5
33 GTD B.Sellers, R.Hardwick, C.Lewis Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini 15.860s 7
34 GTD J.Perez, M.Buhk, F.Schiller P1 Motorsports Mercedes 16.096s 7
35 GTD P.Lindsey, P.Long, N.Boulle Park Place Motorsports Porsche 16.285s 6
36 GTD J.Potter, A.Lally, S.Pumpelly Magnus Racing Lamborghini 16.340s 8
37 GTD A.Davis, A.Riberas, W.Hardeman Moorespeed Audi 16.669s 6
38 GTD R.Heistand, J.Hawksworth, P.Frommenwiler AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus - 4
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