Porsche takes CTMP pole
Porsche takes CTMP pole
Continuing their tenure at the top of the time sheets, Porsche has earned pole position at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM class.
Dirk Werner put the 911 at the top with a time of 1:14.085, more than a second faster than the 2016 GTLM pole time of 1:15.198.
Werner’s lap gives Porsche their first IMSA pole position since the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona, as well as the first for the new 911 RSR.
“It’s a new car and a lot of the tracks we go to we’re not sure what to run so we have to improve in each session,” Werner said.
“I think the team did great today, it’s the first pole. Every time you come with a new car, there are certain things you want to achieve and today is that first.”
The Watkins Glen race winning No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM qualifying second, denying Porsche a 1-2 result and relegating the No. 912 911 RSR to third on the grid.
The second BMW, the No. 25, qualified fourth at the hands of Martin Tomczyk, ahead of the pair of Ford GTs. Ryan Briscoe just bested his teammate Joey Hand to put the No. 66 in the top five.
Seventh place went to Corvette’s Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 car, just ahead of the sister No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin. Despite coming in seventh and eighth, the pair of Corvettes were less than a second behind the pace-setting 911 and faster than the previous year’s pole time.
After their winning streak was broken last week at Watkins Glen, Ricky Taylor put the No. 10 Cadillac DPi back on top, taking pole in the Prototype class.
PC pole went to James French in the no. 38, going for their sixth win in as many races, and GTD saw Sage Karam top the timesheets in the No. 14 Lexus RCF GTS.
We spoke with @DWernerRacing after he scored the @IMSA GTLM class pole for @PorscheNAracing at @CTMPOfficial today. pic.twitter.com/0eENyJ09gx
— Michelin Alley (@MichelinAlley) July 8, 2017
POLE POSITION FOR @DWernerRacing!! #Mobil1SCGP #Porsche #911RSR pic.twitter.com/aTsj8t083A
— Porsche GT Team IMSA (@PorscheNAracing) July 8, 2017
Quali for #Mobil1SCGP for GTLM is done. Auberlen puts the No25 in P2. @MartinTomczyk in P4. Great position for tomorrow's race. pic.twitter.com/A9PLBvJpEg
— BMWUSA Motorsport (@BMWUSARacing) July 8, 2017
#FordIMSA | The No's 66-67 Ford GTs will start p5, 6 #Mobil1scgp pic.twitter.com/n2khOl79xH
— Ford Performance (@FordPerformance) July 8, 2017