Brundle, Oak and Nissan score first poles

June 28, 2014

Brundle, Oak and Nissan score first poles

June 28, 2014

Second generation British ace Alex Brundle, Oak Racing and Nissan scored their first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship prototype pole positions at Watkins Glen today with the combo recording a stunning fastest lap more than 6/10ths of a second faster than the opposition.

The result is the second race in a row where a Le Mans-style P2 prototype has recorded the fastest time in qualifying.

Brundle will team up with Gustavo Yacaman and HoPin Tung aboard the Nissan-powered Morgan chassis in tomorrow’s six hour event. Brundle returns to TUDOR competition having led the P2 class at the Le Mans 24 Hours for 14 hours behind a late race electrical issue with only two hours remaining.

The British driver is the son of ex-Formula 1 driver and long-time F1 commentator, Martin Brundle.

A pair of Corvette Daytona Prototypes were second and third fastest with Christian Fittipaldi leading Michael Valiante. Scott Pruett’s Ford-powered Riley was fourth ahead of Scott Sharp’s Extreme Speed Motorsport HPD P2 machine.

“It’s a tremendous venue. I’m really enjoying the track. I hadn’t had so many laps of it. I only managed to get 5 [laps] in earlier on yesterday and then got red flags a couple of times,” Brundle said.

“What a great venue, I really enjoyed that qualifying session. It’s great to get my first pole here and in the TUDOR series.

“The team have been working really really hard in areas that aren’t really immediately apparent when watching the race performances. We’ve been knocking on the door on a better performance for a couple of races now.

“I think it’s just come good today. We’ve been working, working working and the opportunity arose today and we took it. It all goes back to the work that people were doing back in Daytona and Sebring and Laguna to put us in that position. I have to say a thank you to them because I wasn’t always there when that work was done and a big thank you to the guys who put the big effort into the program.”

In the PC class, Colin Braun led a titanic battle with with Tom Kimber-Smith and Renger van der Zande before taking the pole – his second of the 2014 season.


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