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Rolex 24 Qualifying Report: Barbosa gives Cadillac pole position at Daytona

It was Joao Barbosa who put his Action Express Cadillac DPi on pole position for the Rolex 24, followed by Dane Cameron in the #31 Cadillac and Neel Jani in the #13 Rebellion Racing ORECA.

In what was a fascinating session involving the new-for-2017 machinery, the Cadillac’s set the early pace, and would hold on until the end.

In fifth position was Brendon Hartley in the #22 Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan DPi, followed by the sister #2 car of Ryan Dalziel.

Rounding out the top ten was a mixture of global LMP2 cars and DPi machinery.

In the Prototype Challenge class, James French in the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports claimed pole position after topping the times then consolidating it to bag a 1:42.550.

He led Johnny Mowlem – who came out of retirement for this race – and Buddy Rice respectively.

In the GTLM category, it was a Ford 1-2-3, with the #66 of Joey Hand claiming pole, from the #67 of Richard Westbrook and the #68 of Olivier Pla rounding off the top three – despite a spin into the international horseshoe mid-session.

Next was the #62 Risi Competizione of Toni Vilander, followed by Patrick Pilet in the brand new #911 Porsche 911 RSR which makes its Daytona debut this weekend.

The first of the Corvettes was Jan Magnussen in seventh position, with the best of the BMWs in tenth place, piloted by Bill Auberlen.

In GTD, Alessandro Pier Guidi planted his #51 Ferrari 488 GT3 on pole, after setting the early pace and consolidating it, with the fastest time of 1:47.099.

Making it a Ferrari 1-2 was Alessandro Balzan, who misssed out on pole by less than a tenth, with a time of 1:47.117.

Completing the top three in class was Marco Sorenson in his Aston Martin, who was six tenths behind the Ferrari’s.

Picture: Credit to www.theepochtimes.com

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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