MSR's Olivier Pla on pole in all-Ligier Sebring 12 Hours front row

Olivier Pla shocked the Daytona Prototype field to take a stunning Sebring 12 Hours pole in his Michael Shank Racing Ligier JSP2

MSR's Olivier Pla on pole in all-Ligier Sebring 12 Hours front row

Pla set a best time of 1m51.217s in the closing stages of a frantic 15-minute session, to record the fastest time of the weekend as P2 cars locked out the front row for round two of the 2016 IMSA SportsCar Championship.

His pole was all the more remarkable given his MSR team had been forced to work into the night to repair its JSP2 after John Pew crashed heavily in the third practice session.

The Daytona 24 Hours-winning Extreme Speed Motorsports JSP2 was second in the hands of Pipo Derani, the Brazilian falling 0.174 seconds short of Pla's effort.

Action Express's pair of Corvette DPs had completed a clean sweep of fastest times in all four of the preceding practice sessions ahead of the 64th edition of the race, but were forced to settle for a second-row lockout with Dane Cameron taking third in the #31 machine.

He was followed by Christian Fittipaldi in the #5 sister car, the Brazilian having led the early stages of the session before dropping down the order and running off track in the final minutes.

The #54 CORE Autosport entry continued to dominate Prototype Challenge proceedings, with Colin Braun almost a second clear of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports driver Tom Kimber-Smith.

Bill Auberlen topped the GT Le Mans runners in his BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM ahead of the sister car piloted by John Edwards, with three quarters of a second separating the entire class.

The Daytona-winning Corvette Racing C7.R qualified seventh in the hands of Tommy Milner, one place behind the sister entry piloted by Antonio Garcia.

Jeff Segal took the GT Daytona class pole in his Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 in a frenetic session, edging out the Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R of Jeroen Bleekemolen by a mere 0.036s.

Segal's pole was also the first achieved by a 488 in competition, the car making its IMSA debut this weekend.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 P J.Pew, O.Negri, O.Pla Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ligier/HPD 1m51.217s -
2 P S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, P.Derani Tequila Patron ESM Ligier/HPD 1m51.391s 0.174s
3 P D.Cameron, E.Curran, S.Pruett Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m51.943s 0.726s
4 P C.Fittipaldi, J.Barbosa, F.Albuquerque, S.Pruett Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m52.205s 0.988s
5 P J.Bomarito, T.Nunez, S.Pigot Mazda Motorsports Lola/Mazda 1m52.951s 1.734s
6 P R.Dalziel, M.Goossens, R.H.-Reay Visit Florida Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m53.185s 1.968s
7 P J.Miller, T.Long, B.Devlin, K.Ihara Mazda Motorsports Lola/Mazda 1m53.513s 2.296s
8 P R.Taylor, J.Taylor, M.Angelelli, R.Barrichello Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m53.576s 2.359s
9 P H.Hedman, N.Lapierre, N.Minassian DragonSpeed ORECA/Nissan 1m54.171s 2.954s
10 P C.de Quesada, D.Morad, C.Lawrence, D.Farnbacher Alegra Motorsports Riley/BMW 1m54.193s 2.976s
11 P K.Legge, S.Rayhall, A.Meyrick Panoz DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing/Elan 1m54.274s 3.057s
12 PC J.Bennett, C.Braun, M.Wilkins CORE Autosport ORECA/Chevrolet 1m54.910s -
13 PC T.K.-Smith, J.Gutierrez, R.Alon PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet 1m55.843s -
14 PC J.Mowlem, R.Lewis, M.Drumwright, D.Yount BAR1 Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet 1m56.661s -
15 PC J.French, K.Marcelli, J.Norman Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet 1m57.189s -
16 PC A.Popow, R.van der Zande, D.H.Hansson Starworks Motorsport ORECA/Chevrolet 1m57.241s -
17 P J.Pace, B.Defoor, D.Hinton, D.Schroeder Highway to Help Riley/BMW 1m57.422s -
18 PC C.Miller, M.Goikhberg, S.Simpson, K.Koch JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet 1m57.630s -
19 PC S.Johnston, M.Engel, M.Lyons Starworks Motorsport ORECA/Chevrolet 1m58.218s -
20 GTLM B.Auberlen, D.Werner, B.Spengler BMW Team RLL BMW 1m58.402s -
21 GTLM L.Luhr, J.M.Edwards, K.Wittmer BMW Team RLL BMW 1m58.592s -
22 GTLM A.P.Guidi, D.Serra, A.Bertolini Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 1m58.637s -
23 GTLM R.Briscoe, R.Westbrook, S.Dixon Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford 1m58.708s -
24 GTLM A.Garcia, J.Magnussen, M.Rockenfeller Corvette Racing Chevrolet 1m58.856s -
25 GTLM O.Gavin, T.Milner, M.Fassler Corvette Racing Chevrolet 1m58.878s -
26 GTLM P.Pilet, N.Tandy, K.Estre Porsche North America Porsche 1m59.009s -
27 GTLM G.Fisichella, T.Vilander, D.Rigon Risi Competizione Ferrari 1m59.020s -
28 GTLM J.Hand, D.Muller, S.Bourdais Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford 1m59.053s -
29 GTLM E.Bamber, F.Makowiecki, M.Christensen Porsche North America Porsche 1m59.170s -
30 GTD C.Nielsen, A.Balzan, J.Segal Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 2m02.350s -
31 GTD B.Keating, J.Bleekemolen, M.Miller Riley Motorsports Dodge 2m02.386s -
32 GTD B.Curtis, J.Klingmann, A.Freiberg Turner Motorsport BMW 2m02.660s -
33 GTD M.Farnbacher, A.Riberas, I.James Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 2m03.037s -
34 GTD C.MacNeil, L.Keen, G.Jeannette Alex Job Racing Porsche 2m03.241s -
35 GTD P.Lindsey, J.Bergmeister, M.McMurry, J.Heylen Park Place Motorsports Porsche 2m03.284s -
36 GTD M.Cressoni, R.Giammaria, P.Mann Spirit of Race Ferrari 2m03.340s -
37 GTD S.Pumpelly, C.Lewis, A.Carter Change Racing Lamborghini 2m03.455s -
38 GTD M.Marsal, M.Palttala, J.Krohn Turner Motorsport BMW 2m03.625s -
39 GTD P.Ehret, C.Zochling, J.Krebs Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini 2m03.822s -
40 GTD L.Aschenbach, M.Bell, D.von Moltke Stevenson Motorsports Audi 2m03.856s -
41 GTD T.Bell, B.Sweedler, R.Antinucci Change Racing Lamborghini 2m03.861s -
42 GTD P.Ruberti, C.Sbirrazzuoli, F.Babini, L.Persiani Dream Racing Lamborghini 2m03.933s -
43 GTD P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m04.204s -
44 GTD B.Miller, B.Sellers, M.Snow Paul Miller Racing Audi 2m04.260s -
45 GTD T.Borcheller, F.Konrad, C.Bruck, J.Webster Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini 2m04.302s -
46 GTD J.Potter, A.Lally, M.Seefried Magnus Racing Audi 2m04.857s -
47 GTD T.Pappas, N.Catsburg, P.Long, A.Pilgrim Black Swan Racing Porsche 2m07.095s -
48 GTD T.Krohn, N.Jonsson, P.Kaffer Flying Lizard Motorsports Lamborghini 2m07.338s -
49 GTD R.Liddell, A.Davis, C.De Phillippi Stevenson Motorsports Audi - -


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