SRT Viper Claims Daytona GTLM Class Pole

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

SRT Viper has captured the pole on the brand’s return as a factory effort to the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Marc Goossens took the GTLM class pole in SRT Motorsports’ No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R, with a best lap of 1:44.506. Goossens will co-drive with Dominik Farnbacher and Ryan Hunter-Reay in the opening round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

After a good test at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 earlier this month, Goossens estimated the Viper had the pace for pole from the off.

“It was a good run,” Goossens told Sportscar365. “We were strong here when we tested. It’s always a matter of where the competition is at.

“Sometimes we know we can get a little bit faster in the infield; maybe give up a little on the straightaways. It’s always trying to find a right balance, and we seem to have enough over the competition.

“It’s good to see the Vipers 1 and 3 for the start of the 24 hours.”

The Belgian led a top five that was separated by only 0.240 of a second. Nick Tandy clocked in second in the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR, at 1:44.582. Tandy will co-drive with fellow Porsche factory drivers Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet.

Jonathan Bomarito made it two SRT Vipers in the top three in the No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R at 1:44.617; he co-drives with Kuno Wittmer and Rob Bell this week.

The debuting Corvette Racing C7.R made it up to fourth in the hands of Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 entry (1:44.729), which he’ll share with Tommy Milner and Robin Liddell.

Patrick Long took fifth in the second Porsche, the No. 912 911 RSR, with a best lap of 1:44.746. The American shares the car with longtime co-driver Jorg Bergmeister and Porsche’s newest factory driver, Michael Christensen.

Corvette’s second car, the No. 3, had an electrical issue that prevented it from setting a time. The team changed the wiring harness, but the throttle wouldn’t respond.

Meanwhile Risi Competizione’s No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia only completed one timed lap due to electrical issues.

In GTD, Paul Miller Racing initially scored the inaugural class pole, with Christopher Haase the only driver to clock a lap in the 1:46 range. The German’s time was originally disallowed due to having a rear wing endplate violation; however, on Friday, the penalty was rescinded and the No. 48 Audi R8 reinstated.

It would have promoted Toni Vilander to the pole in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 GT3, the 2013 Rolex Series GT championship-winning car. Vilander’s best lap was 1:47.028; the Finn will co-drive with Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Westphal and Lorenzo Case.

The No. 46 Fall-Line Audi R8 of Oliver Jarvis, who had clocked in the third quickest time in class, was also disallowed due to a ride height infraction and will start from the rear of field on Saturday.

As a result, the No. 65 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari, qualified by Daniel Serra, will start third behind the original front row.

RESULTS: Qualifying

13 Comments

  1. Jason

    January 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Good stuff. GT cars are as fast as they have ever been at Daytona. They are not far off the P cars. And Daytona is supposed to be a weak link for the GTLM’s with the straight/banking. Imagine what GTLM can do to the P cars at technical circuits. Long Beach and Laguna Seca will be interesting for sure.

  2. jack

    January 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    so… give the viper BOP adjustments and now it is the fastest thing out there….. sandbagging penalty?

    • Jim Hemig

      January 23, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Yep! Sandbagging! What was the Viper fastest time at the Roar, 1:46.043? Qualifying time of 1:44.506. I call that sandbagging.

      • racer_x

        January 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

        Just be aware that race trim and qualifying trim will produce significantly different lap times. Just a thought.

        • Jim Hemig

          January 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

          Yeah, I thought I read they weren’t supposed to “hold back”. If everyone is running “race trim” at the Roar then how do you enforce a BOP penalty anyway? I suppose qualifying means nothing and only lap times during the race itself?

          • racer_x

            January 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

            For ALMS teams, I couldn’t imagine them showing up to the Roar, unloading and hitting the track flat out with no data; that’s an easy way to lose a lot of money.

            Sandbagging penalties are going to be enforced in the last 30 minutes of the race. My guess would be that IMSA is going to compare Roar/Practice times to Race times, then make the call.

          • Stephen

            January 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

            then give one to everybody else too lol. Corvette ran similar times at the test.

            I’d be more concerned about the DP’s vs LMP2’s.

      • Jack

        January 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

        its imsa’s fault, the viper did not need any BOP to help it

  3. LM mike

    January 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I like the results, but BMW is out if this race.
    Go Viper go Viper go!

  4. Seth

    January 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Go Audi, GTD is a cooler division

  5. Jack

    January 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    jezze, the gtd cars 2 seconds quicker than last year in quail, someone better speed up that krohn car or they r going to get swamped

  6. jack

    January 24, 2014 at 12:38 am

    much better than the shitty cars that used to run in grand am gt

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