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Hand gives Ford GTLM Pole, Mul Lamborghini tops GTD

After two incredibly tight qualifying sessions in both GTLM and GTD, Joey Hand placed his Ford on pole in the premier GT category, with Jeroen Mul planting his Lamborghini on pole in GTD

GTLM

Ford’s Joey Hand gave the marque pole position in the GTLM category with a time of 1:40.211 set late in the session by the #66 machine.

Hand was around two-tenths quicker than the fastest BMW piloted by Alexander Sims, who had teammate John Edwards just less than half a tenth behind to qualify third.

In what was a close session that saw the top seven separated by around 0.6s, fourth place went the way of Giancarlo Fisichella in the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari, in a strong comeback for the team after the damage sustained in June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In fifth position was the #4 Corvette of Oliver Gavin, who was followed by the fellow #3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen, who qualified just ahead of the #67 Ford of Richard Westbrook.

The two Porsches of Laurens Vanthoor and Derk Werner have struggled for pace so far this weekend, and failed to set a time close to the rest of the pack.

Vanthoor’s #912 911 RSR qualified in eighth and last position went the way of Werner, who had a spin and light contact with the barrier with just under five minutes remaining in the session.

Werner’s Porsche losing control before spinning into the barrier. Image: Screenshot – credit to IMSA TV

GTD

GT Daytona qualifying saw Jeroen Mul become the first repeat polesitter (driver, not car) in the category, as he powered his #16 Change Racing Lamborghini to pole.

Mul topped a hotly-contested session to grab pole in his #16 Lamborghini. Image: Credit to sportscar365.com/Brian Cleary/BCPix.com

The GTD session was also extremely hard-fought, with Mul and Turner Motorsport’s Jesse Krohn battling it out for the top spot, until Mul managed a lap-time three tenths clear of the #96 BMW with half a minute to go.

In third position with a last-gasp effort was Andrew Davis in the #57 Stevenson Motorsport Audi, followed by Jeroen Bleekemolen in the #33 Mercedes with Jack Hawsworth’s #15 Lexus qualifying fifth after a strong showing early in the session.

Sage Karam made it an all-Lexus third row, setting a time of 1:44.105 in his #14 RCF GT3.

In seventh position was the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini, just ahead of the #28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche, with the #93 Michael Shank Racing Acura in ninth, a tenth quicker than the #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari which rounded out the top ten in the class.

The race begins tomorrow at 1:30pm Eastern Time [5:30pm GMT]. 

Featured image: CREDIT TO IMSA

Michael Haffenden

Second year Journalism student at the University of Kent, with a huge passion for Motorsport. Love all types of motor racing from F1 to touring cars but endurance and sportscar racing has to be my favourite. Primarily cover IMSA United SportsCars for L&T Motorsport, but can be found writing about other series, including ELMS, WEC and 24H Series races.

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