United SportsCar Watkins Glen: Rain puts Action Express on pole

Qualifying for the Tudor United SportsCar Championship's six-hour race at Watkins Glen was cancelled due to heavy rain, putting Action Express pair Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi on pole

United SportsCar Watkins Glen: Rain puts Action Express on pole

A downpour set in during the preceding Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge support race, and USC organisers decided not to attempt to start the qualifying session, instead setting the grid based on drivers' championship points.

Barbosa and Fittipaldi therefore share the front row with Spirit of Daytona's Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante, with whom they are tied for the Prototype class points lead.

The Michael Shank Racing Ligier had been quickest in all three practice sessions, but with qualifying abandoned drivers John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr will start sixth.

GTLM pole goes to Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, who are using a Corvette borrowed from customer team Larbre following their regular car's heavy crash in Le Mans 24 Hours qualifying earlier this month.

CORE Autosport's Jon Bennett, Colin Braun and James Gue have pole in PC, with Paul Miller Racing Audi trio Christopher Haase, Dion von Moltke and Bryce Miller leading the GTD field away.

The six-hour Watkins Glen event is the third round of the USC's North American Endurance Cup mini-series, which began with the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours, and concludes at Petit Le Mans in October.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Class Driver Team Car
1 P J.Barbosa, C.Fittipaldi Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet
2 P R.Westbrook, M.Valiante visitflorida.com Racing Corvette/Chevrolet
3 P E.Curran, D.Cameron, M.Papis Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet
4 P R.Taylor, J.Taylor, M.Angelelli Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette/Chevrolet
5 P J.Hand, S.Pruett Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley/Ford
6 P J.Pew, O.Negri Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ligier/HPD
7 P T.Long, J.Miller, B.Devlin Speedsource Mazda
8 P M.Rojas, K.Legge Claro / TracFone DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing/Elan
9 PC J.Bennett, C.Braun, J.Gue CORE Autosport ORECA/Chevrolet
10 PC M.Guasch, T.K.-Smith, A.Palmer PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet
11 PC M.Goikhberg, R.Mitchell, C.Miller JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet
12 PC B.Junqueira, C.Cumming RSR Racing ORECA/Chevrolet
13 PC J.French, J.Mee, C.Daly Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet
14 PC R.van der Zande, M.Hedlund, A.Popow Starworks Motorsport ORECA/Chevrolet
15 PC M.Plowman, D.Burkett, M.McMurry BAR1 Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet
16 GTLM J.Magnussen, A.Garcia Corvette Racing Chevrolet
17 GTLM B.Auberlen, D.Werner BMW Team RLL BMW
18 GTLM J.M.Edwards, L.Luhr BMW Team RLL BMW
19 GTLM P.Kaffer, G.Fisichella Risi Competizione Ferrari
20 GTLM N.Tandy, P.Pilet Porsche North America Porsche
21 GTLM O.Gavin, T.Milner Corvette Racing Chevrolet
22 GTLM B.Sellers, W.Henzler Team Falken Tire Porsche
23 GTLM J.Bergmeister, E.Bamber Porsche North America Porsche
24 GTD C.Haase, D.von Moltke, B.Miller Paul Miller Racing Audi
25 GTD C.Nielsen, K.Wittmer TRG-AMR Aston Martin
26 GTD C.MacNeil, L.Keen, A.Davis Alex Job Racing Porsche
27 GTD B.Sweedler, T.Bell Scuderia Corsa Ferrari
28 GTD I.James, M.Farnbacher Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche
29 GTD P.Lindsey, S.Pumpelly Park Place Motorsports Porsche
30 GTD J.Potter, A.Lally, M.Seefried Magnus Racing Porsche
31 GTD M.Marsal, M.Palttala Turner Motorsport BMW
32 GTD B.Keating, J.Bleekemolen Riley Motorsports Dodge
33 GTD M.Snow, J.Heylen Wright Motorsports Porsche
34 GTD A.Carter, C.Lawrence, M.Goossens Riley Motorsports Dodge

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