IMSA Petit Le Mans: Cameron pips Taylor to pole in Acura Penske 1-2

David Malsher-Lopez
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Cameron pips Taylor to Petit Le Mans pole in Acura 1-2
Cameron pips Taylor to Petit Le Mans pole in Acura 1-2

Acura Team Penske's ARX-05s locked out the front row for the IMSA SportsCar Championship Petit Le Mans as Dane Cameron edged team-mate Ricky Taylor by less than a tenth.

On the championship's second visit to the Road Atlanta track this year after a six-hour race held in September, Mazda's Harry Tincknell was the first driver to duck under the 69sec barrier, but his benchmark was soon beaten by defending IMSA champion Cameron before Taylor edged his team-mate by 0.090s.

Tincknell pitted with five minutes still remaining while lying third, but Cameron stayed out on track and managed a time 0.094s faster than Taylor.

His 1m08.412s stands as a new track record for DPi cars.

Felipe Nasr, the 2019 Petit Le Mans winner, slotted the Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R just ahead of Tincknell to claim third, while championship leader Ryan Briscoe placed the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy he'll share with Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon in fifth ahead of the second Mazda of Tristan Nunez.

With his final flyer, Sebastien Bourdais moved ahead of JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac teammate Gabriel Aubry to claim seventh, the entire class covered by just 0.817s.

Antonio Garcia also set a searing record-breaking pace on his final flying lap to land the GTLM class pole in the championship-leading #3 Corvette C8.R.

The Spaniard's 1min15.163s effort in the car he shares with Jordan Taylor put him over a quarter second faster than his nearest challenger, Connor De Phillippi in the #25 BMW M8.

Cameron pips Taylor to Petit Le Mans pole in Acura 1-2
Cameron pips Taylor to Petit Le Mans pole in Acura 1-2

John Edwards took third in the second of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan-run BMWs, while Laurens Vanthoor was half a second off the pace in the faster of the two Porsche 911 RSRs.

Following his late race-ending shunt at Charlotte last week, Tommy Milner's repaired #4 Corvette was 0.7sec slower than Garcia's sister machine but managed to outpace the second Porsche of Nick Tandy.

Meanwhile in GT Daytona, Shinya Michimi scored Meyer Shank Racing's first pole of the season in the championship-leading #86 Acura NSX he shares with Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry, pipping Jeff Westphal's #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 by 0.173s.

Frankie Montecalvo fell 0.1sec short and slotted into third in the #12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F.

MSR's two main GTD title rivals will start from the fifth row, with the second Lexus that Michael de Quesada shares with Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz, and the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Ryan Hardwick, Pat Long and Jan Heylen starting ninth and tenth in class.

Patrick Kelly's PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA was fastest in the thin LMP2 field, 1.6s ahead of Rob Hodes in the similar Inter Europol Competition machine.

John Farano was third in the Tower Motorsports by Starworks machine he'll share with European Le Mans aces Job Van Uitert and Mikkel Jensen.

Petit Le Mans starting grid

Pos

Class

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

DPi

J.P.Montoya, D.Cameron, S.Pagenaud

Acura Team Penske

Acura

1m08.412s

2

DPi

H.Castroneves, R.Taylor, A.Rossi

Acura Team Penske

Acura

0.094s

3

DPi

F.Nasr, P.Derani, F.Albuquerque

Whelen Engineering Racing

Cadillac

0.200s

4

DPi

J.Bomarito, H.Tincknell, R.H.-Reay

Mazda Team Joest

Mazda

0.224s

5

DPi

R.van der Zande, R.Briscoe, S.Dixon

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

Cadillac

0.438s

6

DPi

O.Jarvis, T.Nunez, O.Pla

Mazda Team Joest

Mazda

0.513s

7

DPi

S.Bourdais, T.Vautier, L.Duval

JDC-Mustang Sampling Racing

Cadillac

0.628s

8

DPi

C.Miller, M.Leist, G.Aubry

JDC-Miller Motorsports

Cadillac

0.817s

9

LMP2

P.Kelly, S.Trummer, S.Huffaker

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports

ORECA/Gibson

3.178s

10

LMP2

A.McCusker, J.Smiechowski, R.Hodes

Inter Europol Competition

ORECA/Gibson

4.749s

11

LMP2

J.Farano, M.Jensen, J.van Uitert

Tower Motorsport by Starworks

ORECA/Gibson

5.670s

12

GTLM

A.Garcia, J.Taylor, N.Catsburg

Corvette Racing

Chevrolet

6.751s

13

GTLM

B.Spengler, C.De Phillippi, C.Herta

BMW Team RLL

BMW

7.022s

14

GTLM

J.Krohn, J.M.Edwards, A.Farfus

BMW Team RLL

BMW

7.203s

15

GTLM

E.Bamber, L.Vanthoor, M.Jaminet

Porsche GT Team

Porsche

7.245s

16

GTLM

O.Gavin, T.Milner, M.Fassler

Corvette Racing

Chevrolet

7.444s

17

GTLM

N.Tandy, F.Makowiecki, M.Campbell

Porsche GT Team

Porsche

7.446s

18

GTD

M.Farnbacher, M.McMurry, S.Michimi

Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian

Acura

10.879s

19

GTD

C.MacNeil, A.Balzan, J.Westphal

Scuderia Corsa

Ferrari

11.052s

20

GTD

F.Montecalvo, T.Bell, K.Kirkwood

AIM Vasser Sullivan

Lexus

11.151s

21

GTD

B.Sellers, M.Snow, C.Lewis

Paul Miller Racing

Lamborghini

11.155s

22

GTD

B.Auberlen, R.Foley, D.Machavern

Turner Motorsport

BMW

11.245s

23

GTD

A.Parente, M.Goikhberg, T.Hindman

Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing

Acura

11.254s

24

GTD

R.Ferriol, M.Winkelhock, A.Davis

Team Hardpoint

Audi

11.310s

25

GTD

D.Olsen, Z.Robichon, L.Kern

Pfaff Motorsports

Porsche

11.362s

26

GTD

J.Hawksworth, A.Telitz, M.De Quesada

AIM Vasser Sullivan

Lexus

11.496s

27

GTD

R.Hardwick, P.Long, J.Heylen

Wright Motorsports

Porsche

11.987s

28

GTD

I.James, R.De Angelis, D.Turner

Heart of Racing Team

Aston Martin

12.022s

29

GTD

A.Lally, J.Potter, S.Pumpelly

GRT Magnus Racing Team

Lamborghini

12.041s

30

GTD

G.Robinson, L.Aschenbach, B.Keating

Riley Motorsports

Mercedes

12.210s

31

LMP2

J.McGuire, M.Bell, C.Braun

Performance Tech Motorsports

ORECA/Gibson

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