Lime Rock IMSA: Vanthoor takes pole in Porsche front-row lockout

David Malsher
Motorsport

Tandy set the fastest first sector in the #911 Porsche, but Vanthoor clawed that deficit and more back over Sectors 2 and 3 to claim pole by 0.052sec.

Vanthoor’s margin of less than 0.2sec over the fastest non-Porsche was perhaps less than expected given the 911 RSRs' pace in practice, but a bigger surprise was the identity of their nearest challenger.

Connor De Phillippi set a brilliant 49.322sec in the #25 BMW M8, over half a second faster than teammate John Edwards and well able to outpace Dirk Muller in the Ford GT and the two Corvette C7.Rs of Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin.

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Ryan Briscoe in the #67 Ford and Edwards will roll off from the fourth row.

A close battle in GT Daytona saw Trent Hindman dig deep for his third pole of the season in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX, setting a new track record and beating Ben Keating in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 by 0.026sec.

The Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3, qualified this week by Corey Lewis who is subbing for Ryan Hardwick, was just a further 0.05sec in arrears while behind him Robby Foley slotted the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 into fourth, despite being only 0.08sec from top spot.

Zacharie Robichon was fastest of the Porsches, grabbing fifth for Pfaff Motorsports ahead of the quicker of the two AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC Fs, the #14 of Richard Heistand.

The Northeast Grand Prix begins at 3.10pm local (Eastern) time.

Session results:

1

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor

Belgium
Belgium

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR

49.133

2

911

France
France

Patrick Pilet
Nick Tandy

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR

49.185

0.052

3

25

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tom Blomqvist
Connor de Phillippi

United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

49.322

0.189

4

66

United States
United States

Joey Hand
Dirk Muller

Germany
Germany

GTLM

Ford GT

49.458

0.325

5

3

Denmark
Denmark

Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia

Spain
Spain

GTLM

Corvette C7.R

49.690

0.557

6

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Marcel Fassler

Switzerland
Switzerland

GTLM

Corvette C7.R

49.748

0.615

7

67

Australia
Australia

Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

Ford GT

49.808

0.675

8

24

Finland
Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards

United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

49.864

0.731

9

86

Germany
Germany

Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman

United States
United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

51.456

2.323

10

33

United States
United States

Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen

Netherlands
Netherlands

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

51.482

2.349

11

48

United States
United States

Bryan Sellers
Corey Lewis

United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

51.532

2.399

12

96

United States
United States

Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley

United States
United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

51.536

2.403

13

9

Norway
Norway

Dennis Olsen
Zacharie Robichon

Canada
Canada

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

51.575

2.442

14

14

United States
United States

Richard Heistand
Jack Hawksworth

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

51.642

2.509

15

73

Germany
Germany

Marco Seefried
Patrick Long

United States
United States

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

51.661

2.528

16

63

United States
United States

Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander

Finland
Finland

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

51.719

2.586

17

91

United States
United States

Anthony Imperato
Matt Campbell

Australia
Australia

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

51.785

2.652

18

76

United States
United States

Paul Holton
Matt Plumb

United States
United States

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

52.008

2.875

19

57

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Katherine Legge
Christina Nielsen

Denmark
Denmark

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

52.059

2.926

20

11

United States
United States

John Potter
Andy Lally

United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

52.226

3.093

21

12

United States
United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell

United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

52.236

3.103

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