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Gallagher Takes Lime Rock Pole in Shortened GS Session

Notlad by RS1 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 ends up quickest in shortened GS qualifying session…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Patrick Gallagher will start Saturday’s Lime Rock 120 from the pole following an accident-shortened qualifying session for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge round.

Gallagher took his No. 23 Notlad by RS1 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 to a quick lap of 54.110 seconds just moments before Ryan Hardwick crashed heavily into the tire barriers in his No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport with 9 minutes to go.

The session did not restart.

Hardwick was seen climbing from his Porsche, which sustained heavy front-end damage.

The No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 of Bill Auberlen qualified second with Hugh Plumb third in the GS class in the No. 46 Team TGM Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R.

Tyler Gonzalez claimed pole in TCR thanks to his 54.206-second lap time in the No. 27 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N TCR.

It ended up being the third quickest time overall, largely due to the shortened GS session.

Gonzalez led a Hyundai 1-2 in class with Rory van der Steur qualifying second in the No. 19 Veloster followed by the No. 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type-R TCR of Watkins Glen class winner Bryan Henderson.

The Lime Rock 120 gets underway at 11:05 a.m. ET.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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