A change in machinery, from Morgan to Ligier, has done little to hinder OAK Racing’s run of qualifying form in the second half of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as Alex Brundle scored the team’s third pole position in the last five races.
Having been fastest in both of the day’s practice sessions Brundle continued his form when it mattered to set the best lap of the weekend to this point to take pole with a lap of 1:57.809 in the Honda powered Ligier he shares with Gustavo Yacaman. The Colombian won the team’s second pole of the season at Mosport after Brundle had taken the pole position at the Sahlens Six Hours of The Glen in June.
Brundle’s second pole of the season was accomplished with a time nearly a second faster than that which Ricky Taylor used to take the spot on the outside of the front row. Ricky, and younger brother Jordan with whom he shares the #10 Corvette DP, lie second on the class points behind the Action Express Racing combination of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi who will start fourth thanks to a lap by Fittipaldi with Memo Rojas posting the third best time in the Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabetes Ford-Riley.
Porsche appeared to have continued their irresistible run at the to the GT Le Mans class, Patrick Pilet setting the best time of the class in the #910 entry running in addition to the Porsche North America team’s normal two car effort. However, post-session inspections found the car was lacking the mandatory camera pod on the roof, and this Pilet’s ride (which he shares with Fred Makowiecki) was relegated to the tail of the field.
Further salt in Porsche’s wounds was provided by Jonathan Bomarito. For the first time in the weekend at the Circuit of the Americas is was not another Porsche that was second fastest, but the #93 Dodge Viper Bomarito shares with Kuno Wittmer. Thus he was promoted to pole, with the pair of ‘regular’ works Porsches moving up to second and third.
The #3 Corvette Racing entry of Jan Magnussen and points leader Antonio Garcia will start only sixth; the Dane responsible for the lap. Garcia leads the class championship by six points from the pole sitting SRT Motorsports pairing.
The Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona poles went to the men in qualifying form in the classes.
Sean Rayhall scored his second consecutive PC pole for 8Star Motorsports with a time of 2:00.528 around the 3.4 mile track. CORE Autosport’s Colin Braun was second fastest, Bruno Junqueira third fastest in RSR Racing’s #09 entry.
James Davison went one better in GTD, setting the best qualifying lap for the third race on the bounce for TRG-AMR. A lap of 2:08.502 clinched pole ahead of Jeroen Bleekemolen in the Riley Motorsports run Dodge Viper.
Dane Cameron was third fastest in Turner Motorsports BMW. Cameron is one of five drivers tied atop the class standings with AIM Autosport men Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler and Alex Job Racing drivers Leh Keen and Cooper MacNeil all starting the penultimate race of the season on 244 points.