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Elghanayan Takes GTS Pole at Lime Rock

MarcoPolo Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4 on Pirelli World Challenge GTS SprintX pole…

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Nicolai Elghanayan earned his first career Pirelli World Challenge GTS SprintX pole, taking his KTM X-Bow GT4 to the top spot in qualifying for Monday’s Memorial Day Classic.

The MarcoPolo Motorsports driver recorded a quick time of 54.407 seconds in the session, bumping the No. 12 Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 of Drew Stavely from the top spot with less than five minutes on the clock.

The No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport or Moritz Kranz qualified third, leading a sweep of the top three positions overall for GTS Am drivers.

Patrick Gallagher, in the Pro-Am class-entered No. 55 PF Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4, was fourth ahead of Randy Mueller in the No. 3 Epic Motorsports BMW M4 GT4, another Am class competitor.

Qualifying was split between two groups, with Staveley holding provisional pole during his session.

Race 1 gets underway Monday at 9:55 a.m. EDT, followed by Race 2 at 2:25 p.m.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. thisisridiculous

    May 27, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Gee, the top car is a kit car which you have to buy your own engine for on the street and looks nothing like the street car and the second place is a car made for a one-make series in Europe.

    The SIN is a tubeframe car with GM engines that, as far as I can find, is a track only car.

    Of course, you got the AMG and McLaren supercars in GT4.

    Meanwhile, Porsche, BMW, Ford, and a couple of others actually made actual production based GT4 cars that aren’t based on supercars and you actually see on the street.

    I guess anything for the numbers.

    • Matt

      May 27, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Who the hell cares if a few of the cars don’t have an exactly identical road going counterpart? You guys complain about costs in racing being out of control, which is due to manufacturer involvement, and then complain when someone shows up with an affordable, unique racing car that anyone can buy. Honestly, this is the least of the series’ problems, and there’re plenty of GT4 cars for sale that fans can identify with. I agree that Mercedes and Audi shouldn’t have been allowed to use the same car model between their GT3 and GT4 cars, because it’s confusing for fans, but the biggest problem for PWC is the inconsistent officiating, last minute technical changes, and the shrinking GT grid.

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