Road America ALMS: Pickett dominates, SRT Viper on GT pole again

Lucas Luhr delivered a dominant American Le Mans Series pole position for Pickett Racing with a crushing performance in qualifying at Road America, while the SRT Viper notched up another GT pole

Road America ALMS: Pickett dominates, SRT Viper on GT pole again

Luhr's best effort of 1m51.460s was more than two seconds quicker than LMP1 rival Chris McMurry managed in the Dyson Lola-Mazda.

In the LMP2 segment, Marino Franchitti was a class apart in the lead Level 5 HPD, 0.8s quicker than Extreme Speed's Guy Cosmo and faster than the third of the LMP1s, the DeltaWing prototype.

IndyCar race winner and Ryan Briscoe stand-in Simon Pagenaud was third fastest in the second Level 5 car, having held an early provisional pole before Guy Cosmo and then Franchitti upped the ante.

Colin Braun's rapid start to the LMPC session culminated in him just holding on to the class pole.

Tristan Nunez initially led the chase to topple Braun, as the rest of the field slowly worked down to the CORE driver's benchmark of 1m57.630s.

Renger van der Zande and Bruno Junqueira were also involved at the sharp end, with the latter falling just 0.008s shy of pole. Nunez beat van der Zande to third by an even smaller margin, just three thousandths of a second.

VIPER ON TOP IN GT AGAIN

Jonathan Bomarito claimed a second GT pole in as many races for the SRT Viper, blowing away the rest of the field by 0.8s after an early battle for top spot with Corvette's Oliver Gavin.

Leh Keen's West/AJR Ferrari briefly held provisional pole having outpaced the lead Viper by eight thousandths of a second, before Bomarito improved first to a 2m03.481s and then nudged the benchmark further out of reach improving to 2m03.410s.

Antonio Garcia shot up to second in the session's climax in the other Corvette, 0.06s faster than Keen.

Spencer Pumpelly claimed the GTC pole, the Flying Lizard Porsche driver's 2m11.931s almost half a second quicker than Sean Edwards could manage in second.

Early-session pacesetter Damien Faulkner was shuffled back to fourth by Jan Heylen right at the end.

Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time Cl gap 1. P1 Graf/Luhr Pickett HPD 1m51.460s 2. P1 Burgess/McMurry Dyson Lola-Mazda 1m53.580s +2.120s 3. P2 Tucker/Franchitti/Gonzalez Level 5 HPD 1m54.806s 4. P1 Meyrick/Legge DeltaWing 1m55.362s +3.902s 5. P2 Sharp/Cosmo Extreme Speed HPD 1m55.622s +0.816s 6. P2 Tucker/Pagenaud Level 5 HPD 1m55.793s +0.987s 7. P2 Brown/van Overbeek Extreme Speed HPD 1m56.085s +1.279s 8. PC Bennett/Braun  CORE FLM 1m57.630s 9. PC Junqueira/Ende RSR FLM 1m57.712s +0.082s 10. PC Nunez/Shears Performance Tech FLM 1m57.885s +0.255s 11. PC Schultis/van der Zande DragonSpeed FLM 1m57.912s +0.282s 12. PC Marcelli/Cumming BAR1 FLM 1m58.399s +0.769s 13. PC Mitchell/French BAR1 FLM 2m00.352s +2.722s 14. PC Guasch/Cheng PR1 Mathiasen FLM 2m00.478s +2.848s 15. GT Bomarito/Wittmer SRT Viper 2m03.410s 16. GT Magnussen/Garcia Corvette 2m04.212s +0.802s 17. GT Keen/Bell AJR/West Ferrari 2m04.269s +0.859s 18. GT Gavin/Milner Corvette 2m04.277s +0.867s 19. GT Miller/Holzer Miller Porsche 2m04.347s +0.937s 20. GT Farnbacher/Goossens SRT Viper 2m04.427s +1.017s 21. GT Auberlen/Martin RLL BMW 2m04.609s +1.199s 22. GT Long/Kimber-Smith CORE Porsche 2m04.619s +1.209s 23. GT Muller/Edwards RLL BMW 2m04.630s +1.220s 24. GT Beretta/Malucelli Risi Ferrari 2m04.911s +1.501s 25. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche 2m06.088s +2.678s 26. GTC Canache/Pumpelly Flying Lizard Porsche 2m11.931s 27. GTC Cisneros/Edwards NGT Porsche 2m12.386s +0.455s 28. GTC Hedlund/Heylen JDX Porsche 2m12.403s +0.472s 29. GTC Keating/Faulkner TRG Porsche 2m12.489s +0.558s 30. GTC Neiman/von Moltke Flying Lizard Porsche 2m12.844s +0.913s 31. GTC MacNeil/Bleekemolen Alex Job Porsche 2m12.989s +1.058s 32. GTC Dempsey/Lally Dempsey Del Piero Porsche 2m13.047s +1.116s 33. GTC Courtney/Snow TRG Porsche 2m15.073s +3.142s 
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