More records set at Michelin Raceway IMSA qualifying

October 11, 2019

More records set at Michelin Raceway IMSA qualifying

October 11, 2019

New lap marks continued Michelin’s assault on the sports car record books in qualifying for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans.

Each polesitter this year set a time significantly quicker than last year at the 2.54-mile Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Felipe Nasr beat teammate Pipo Derani’s old mark in DPi in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. His new time set today was 1:08.457, compared to Derani’s 1:10.437 set here last year. The top five cars in this class got into the 1:08 bracket with the top five covered by 0.390 of a second.

GT Le Mans also saw a new flyer. James Calado in the returning No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE led the field at 1:15.639. Just 0.217 of a second covered the top five. The 2018 pole time and previous best mark was John Edwards at 1:17.006 for BMW.

“The whole weekend has gone really well,” said Calado, a past race winner. “Really good balance, great lineup, and it’s great to see Risi back at the top. It lifts the atmosphere of the team. This lap was one of many. The car is working really well.

“To come in and see the passion of the mechanics, how happy they all are, this is why they do this.”

In GT Daytona, with the Silver-rated drivers now qualifying, Corey Lewis set a new benchmark in the rebuilt No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo. His time of 1:19.530 was under the 2018 mark set by Daniel Serra at 1:19.695. Coincidentally, Serra shares the Risi Ferrari with Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi this year.

“That’s special. I didn’t actually know that until I got up here. To put your name in the record books is special for sure and a nice little feather in our cap. The track made some improvements with pavements and patches. The track did an amazing job. No more bumps,” Lewis said.

LMP2’s best lap was also significantly quick. Kyle Masson delivered the goods for Performance Tech at 1:10.722, a lap nearly under last year’s DPi pole in the No. 38 ORECA 07.

These times follow record pole laps in the Challenge series classes too.

Saturday’s race begins live on NBC at noon ET.

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