IMSA Sebring: Derani pips Bourdais as Cadillac locks out front row
Action Express Racing driver Pipo Derani claimed pole for the IMSA SportsCar Championship's Sebring 12 Hours ahead of Sebastien Bourdais's fellow Cadillac as Porsche's Matt Campbell crashed heavily late on.
Three-time Sebring winner Derani secured the first pole of IMSA's GTP era for its hybrid Cadillac V-Series.R by just 0.087s over the similar Chip Ganassi Racing machine driven by 2021 victor Bourdais in a 20-minute session that was cut short by Campbell's off.
The early benchmark time was set by Wayne Taylor Racing Andretti Autosport’s Ricky Taylor with a 1m46.100s lap, putting him half a second clear of fellow Acura ARX-06 runner Tom Blomqvist in the Meyer Shank Racing entry.
When both pitted for fresh rubber, they were split by Derani who then went faster still with a 1m45.836s that put him to the head of the field.
Bourdais then made it a Cadillac 1-2 and before anyone could effectively respond, Campbell buried his #7 Porsche Penske Motorsports 963 in the Turn 1 tyres wall after brushing the inside wall.
In addition to locking out the front row, both Cadillac entries ran the whole session on just one set of tyres, ensuring they have one more fresh set to use in tomorrow’s race than the Acuras.
Taylor’s effort on his first set ensures he’ll start third alongside Mathieu Jaminet’s #6 Porsche, while Daytona 24 Hours winner Blomqvist will line up fifth.
Augusto Farfus was 0.9s from the top spot in the #24 BMW M Hybrid V8, 0.15s faster than the sister car of Connor De Phillippi.
BMW again brought up the rear in the GTP class
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In LMP2, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports driver Ben Keating made up for missing out on GTE Am class pole for today's 1000 Mile World Endurance Championship round by pipping the two TDS Racing cars to the top spot.
Francois Heriau beat Steven Thomas to second, with George Kurtz of Crowdstrike Racing by APR fourth.
Meanwhile, Andretti Autosport driver Glenn van Berlo destroyed the LMP3 field and took pole by 1.659s over sometime Champ Car racer Tonis Kasemets (Ave Motorsports).
Corvette claims GTD Pro pole
Defending class winner Antonio Garcia snared the top spot in GTD Pro for Corvette Racing in another red-flagged session.
The Spaniard's 1m59.315s was enough to bump Jack Hawksworth in the #14 Lexus RC F back to second, with Daniel Juncadella lining up third in the WeatherTech Racing Mercedes AMG GT3.
Just as the excitement was building, with four minutes to go, the Pfaff Porsche 911 GT3 R spun hard into the tyre wall on the outside of Turn 1. Thankfully its occupant Klaus Bachler was able to emerge unaided, but the repairs needed for the tyre wall meant the session was over.
Meanwhile Kyle Marcelli scored his first ever IMSA pole in the GTD class, lapping his Racers Edge with WTR Acura NSX in 1m59.714s, just 0.12s ahead of Philip Ellis in the Winward Racing Mercedes AMG GT3. The similar Benz of Mikael Grenier (Team Korthoff) was third just ahead of Aaron Telitz in the #12 Lexus.
Reflecting the Balance of Performance revisions since Daytona, Jan Heylen’s Wright Motorsports Porsche was fifth fastest, 0.308s off the class lead, and one-tenth ahead of Alessio Rovera in Triarsi Competizione’s Ferrari 296.
IMSA Sebring Qualifying result:
|1||31|| Pipo Derani
|2||01|| Sébastien Bourdais
Renger van der Zande
|3||10|| Ricky Taylor
|4||6|| Nick Tandy
|5||60|| Tom Blomqvist
|6||24|| Philipp Eng
|GTP||BMW M Hybrid V8||6||1'46.756||0.920|
|7||7|| Matt Campbell
|8||25|| Connor de Phillippi
Sheldon Van Der Linde
|GTP||BMW M Hybrid V8||8||1'46.908||1.072|
|9||52|| Ben Keating
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||9||1'51.780||5.944|
|10||35|| François Heriau
Giedo van der Garde
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||8||1'51.900||6.064|
|11||11|| Thomas Steven
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||9||1'52.169||6.333|
|12||04|| George Kurtz
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||8||1'52.486||6.650|
|13||20|| Dennis Andersen
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||7||1'53.350||7.514|
|14||8|| John Farano
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||8||1'53.579||7.743|
|15||51|| Eric Lux
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||9||1'53.673||7.837|
|16||18|| Dwight Merriman
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||8||1'53.963||8.127|
|17||36|| Jarett Andretti
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||7||1'55.215||9.379|
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||9||1'56.874||11.038|
|19||85|| Till Bechtolsheimer
Tijmen van der Helm
|20||74|| Gar Robinson
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||8||1'57.012||11.176|
|21||30|| Ari Balogh
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||9||1'58.092||12.256|
|22||17|| Anthony Mantella
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||9||1'58.724||12.888|
|24||13|| Orey Fidani
|25||3|| Antonio Garcia
|GTD PRO||Corvette C8.R GTD||6||1'59.315||13.479|
|26||33|| Lance Willsey
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||9||1'59.458||13.622|
|27||14|| Jack Hawksworth
|GTD PRO||Lexus RC F GT3||6||1'59.582||13.746|
|28||79|| Daniel Juncadella
|GTD PRO||Mercedes AMG GT3||4||1'59.635||13.799|
|29||93|| Ashton Harrison
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||6||1'59.714||13.878|
|30||57|| Russell Ward
|GTD||Mercedes AMG GT3||5||1'59.834||13.998|
|31||23|| Ross Gunn
|GTD PRO||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||5||1'59.925||14.089|
|32||62|| Daniel Serra
|GTD PRO||Ferrari 296 GT3||5||1'59.939||14.103|
|33||12|| Frankie Montecalvo
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||6||1'59.944||14.108|
|34||16|| Ryan Hardwick
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||5||2'00.022||14.186|
|35||023|| Onofrio Triarsi
|GTD||Ferrari 296 GT3||5||2'00.124||14.288|
|36||1|| Bryan Sellers
|GTD||BMW M4 GT3||5||2'00.229||14.393|
|37||96|| Patrick Gallagher
|GTD||BMW M4 GT3||5||2'00.504||14.668|
|38||78|| Mikhail Goikhberg
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2||6||2'00.639||14.803|
Jordan Lee Pepper
|GTD PRO||Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2||6||2'00.763||14.927|
|40||70|| Brendan Iribe
|GTD||McLaren 720S GT3||5||2'01.395||15.559|
|41||47|| Roberto Lacorte
|GTD||Ferrari 296 GT3||5||2'01.451||15.615|
|42||21|| Simon Mann
|GTD||Ferrari 296 GT3||5||2'01.588||15.752|
|43||83|| Rahel Frey
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2||6||2'01.652||15.816|
|44||27|| Roman De Angelis
|GTD||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||5||2'01.652||15.816|
Kay van Berlo
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||5||2'01.927||16.091|
|46||44|| John Potter
|GTD||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||5||2'02.115||16.279|
|47||77|| Alan Brynjolfsson
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||5||2'02.612||16.776|
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||5||2'02.678||16.842|
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||5||2'03.342||17.506|
|50||92|| David Brule
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||5||2'04.555||18.719|
|51||9|| Klaus Bachler
|GTD PRO||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||3|
|52||32|| Mike Skeen
|GTD||Mercedes AMG GT3||5|
|53||95|| Bill Auberlen
|GTD PRO||BMW M4 GT3||5|
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