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McQuarrie Claims Third Straight Pole

CarBahn Audi R8 LMS GT4 on pole again as Hyundais dominate TCR…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Tyler McQuarrie claimed his third consecutive IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge pole ahead of tomorrow’s season-ending round at Sebring International Raceway.

The Carbahn by Peregrine Racing driver reeled off a best lap of 2:10.774 in the No. 39 Audi R8 LMS GT4 to go nearly one-second quicker than the competition in the GS class.

McQuarrie along with co-driver Jeff Westphal, who won last time out at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, enter the event at a 15-point deficit to championship leaders Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli, who qualified fifth in their KohR Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

Cameron Lawerence, a last-minute call-up to sub for Bill Auberlen, put the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 second on the grid ahead of the No. 22 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 of Marco Signoretti.

The No. 20 M1 Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport qualified an impressive fourth in the hands of Jaden Conwright, meanwhile.

Gottsacker Leads Hyundai 1-2

Harry Gottsacker claimed his second consecutive pole in TCR, in a sweep of the front row for Bryan Herta Autosport.

Gottsacker took his No. 21 Hyundai Veloster N TCR to a best time of 2:16.110 to edge out teammate and class championship leader Ryan Norman by 0.115 seconds.

Roy Block made a late-session improvement to deny BHA and Hyundai a top-three sweep, with Mason Filippi relegated to fourth in class.

Norman and co-driver Gabby Chaves enter tomorrow’s two-hour season finale with a five-point lead over teammates Filippi and Michael Lewis.

The Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 gets underway Friday at 12:05 p.m. ET with live coverage on Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA Radio.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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