Andrew Davis (GS) and Kyle Gimple (ST) have scored the poles for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season finale at Road Atlanta.
Davis’ pole sets the stage for a dramatic race in GS in fighting for the class championship. Davis and Robin Liddell, who share the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R, enter five points behind Trent Hindman in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3.
Davis set an early flier of 1:31.647 to secure the pole, while Hindman waited to set a time. It bit him as a red flag flew for an accident involving Max Riddle in the No. 07 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4, and Hindman was unable to set a time. He and John Edwards will start from the rear of the GS field.
“I’ve learned that lesson. I love these 15-minute sessions, but if you miss, you may not get another chance,” Davis said.
He added about traffic, “It’s always tricky here at Road Atlanta because it’s a very fast track, in a lot of spots it’s a one-line track. In reality the gap is only about five seconds. If you can’t get them early into Turn 1 or into 3, you follow for a third of the track. At this stage of the season, everyone’s worked well together, so I haven’t had any issues.”
Scott Maxwell slotted into second in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R (1:31.687) with Eric Curran third in the No. 01 CKS Autosport Camaro Z/28.R (1:32.096).
Gimple secured his first career ST pole with a best time of 1:36.763 in the No. 75 Compass360 Racing Honda Civic Si. He’ll share the car with Ryan Eversley. The pair led second practice earlier Thursday afternoon.
“Usually we’ve been doing one-and-done. The second lap was the fastest today,” Gimple said. “I knew my first lap wouldn’t hold. I saw the second one was better, and I just hoped that would hold, because I knew I wouldn’t go back out and burn up the tires.”
Corey Lewis qualified the No. 87 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman second at 1:36.867, with the No. 42 Team Sahlen Porsche Cayman qualified by Michael Valiante third at 1:37.052.
Valiante shares the No. 42 with Wayne Nonnamaker as he looks to overcome a nine-point deficit to Eric Foss. Foss’ No. 56 Murillo Racing Porsche Cayman will start 11th, after being qualified by co-driver Jeff Mosing.
Friday’s season-ending CTSC race will air live at 1:15 p.m. ET on IMSA.com.