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Vilander gives Risi Ferrari pole in GTLM, Snow tops GTD for Paul Miller Racing at Laguna Seca


In the premier GT category, Toni Vilander put in a stellar performance to give the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE pole position.

Vilander’s mixture of speed and consistency meant that, after topping the times early on in the session, he could improve lap by lap, with the Ferrari in a class of its own in sector one of the lap.

The Finn set a lap of 1:21.914, two tenths quicker than the #66 Ford GT of Dirk Mueller, who was locking wheels regularly into the turn one in his pole lap attempts.

Starting tomorrow’s race from third position in GTLM is the #24 BMW M6 GTLM of John Edwards, who qualified just a thousandth of a second ahead of fellow BMW driver Alexander Sims in the #25 BMW, with both drivers within a tenth of Mueller’s Ford.

Next came the #67 Ford in fifth position, ahead of Patrick Pilet’s #911 Porsche 911 RSR, who had been on a personal best lap time before bailing on the lap and heading into the pits in the dying moments of the session.

In seventh position, and the best of the Corvette Racing duo was the #3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen, with the #912 Porsce of Laurens Vanthoor splitting the two Chevrolets ahead of the #4 Corvette of Oliver Gavin which qualified last in class.


In the GT Daytona class, Madison Snow gave the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 pole position after gaining provisional pole early on and improving his time thereafter.

Snow set a 1:24.469, just under three tenths faster than the second-placed #28 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Daniel Morad in the Alegra Motorsports car, ahead of fellow Porsche runner Patrick Lindsey in his Park Place Motorsports machine.

In fourth position was the #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Jens Klingmann, who set a 1:25.086, ahead of Sage Karam’s #14 Lexus RCF GT3 who qualified three tenths behind the BMW.

In sixth was the winner of the previous round, Corey Lewis, in his #16 Change Racing Lamborghini, ahead of Oswaldo Negri Jr in seventh in the #86 Acura NSX GT3.

In eighth place was the second Lexus of Scott Pruett in the #15 car, ahead of Christina Nielsen’s #63 Ferrari 488 GT3, with Cooper MacNiel’s #50 Porsche rounding out the top-ten qualifiers in class.

Broadcasting and livestreaming for the two-hour and fourty-minute race gets underway tomorrow at around 4:55 PM EDT; around 9pm GMT.

Featured image: Credit to www.IMSA.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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