Birthday Boy Ricky Taylor Takes Road America Pole


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Ricky Taylor had the perfect birthday present when he put The Wayne Taylor Racing Team Cadillac on pole by a second for tomorrow’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

Taylor hustled the #10 Cadillac DPi to a time of 1 minute 53 .058, a second faster than Olivier Pla in the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
Ligier. 

But behind Pla positions second to seventh were seperated by six tenths.

Third place was taken by Scott Sharp in the #2 ESM Patron Nissan DPi. The next quickest Cadillac was Dane Cameron’s #31 Whelen Engineering example in sixth place, 1.2 seconds down on Taylor.

After two troubled rounds at Watkins Glen and Mosport, the previously unbeatable #10 WTR Cadillac seemed to be experiencing a change in fortune and that the competition had caught up with the runaway champion leaders.

Yet the pace shown in qualifying shows that WTR still remains the team to beat.

After the dominantion of Porsche in the previous round at Lime Rock, it was Ford’s turn to dominate with the #66 of Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller leading the #67 of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe by 0.8 seconds.

Third place went to the #25 BMW of Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims ahead of the first of the Porsches, the #912 of Gianmaria Bruni and Laurens Vanthoor.

Corvette had a difficult qualifying session as both cars finished at the bottom of the time charts and were the only GTLM cars to record 2 minute 3 seconds times, a second off the rest of their competitors.

GTD pole position went to the #16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan of Jeroen Mul and Corey Lewis by 0.2 seconds from the #97 Turner Motorsports BMW of Jens Klingmann and Jesse Krohn.

In PC the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports car took its customery position at the ahead of the leaderboard ahead of the two BAR1 Motorsport cars, the #20 leading the #26.