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McQuarrie Takes Sebring Pole; Hyundai Sweep in TCR

CarBahn Audi on pole for this afternoon’s Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Sebring…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Tyler McQuarrie will start IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge’s return to racing on pole, following a storming qualifying run for CarBahn Motorsports Friday morning at Sebring International Raceway.

The defending GS class champion took his No. 39 Audi R8 LMS GT4 to a best lap of 2:10.692, edging out the No. 60 KohR Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Nate Stacy by 0.523 seconds.

McQuarrie will share driving duties with Jeff Westphal in this afternoon’s two-hour Advent Health 120.

Friday pace-setter Robby Foley, in the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4, will start third overall and in class, followed by the No. 4 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Russel Ward in fourth.

Jim Cox, in the championship-leading No. 35 Riley Motorsports Mercedes, completed the top-five.

A pair of Ford Mustang GT4s will start sixth and seventh with Chad McCumbee (PF Racing) and Scott Maxwell (Multimatic), meanwhile.

There were several incidents during the 15-minute GS qualifying session, including off-course excursions for both Murillo Racing Mercedes, which both sustained minor damage.

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Norman Takes TCR Pole in Hyundai Sweep

Ryan Norman led a sweep of the top five positions by Hyundai Veloster N TCRs to take class pole in the No. 33 Bryan Herta Autosport entry.

Norman’s 2:13.972 lap time was 0.357 seconds quicker than the No. 21 Hyundai of Harry Gottsacker, with BHA teammate Mason Filippi qualifying third.

Ben Waddell, in the No. 47 Forty7 Motorsports entry, will start fourth, ahead of the No. 29 BHA entry of Spencer Brockman, which makes its debut this weekend.

The best non-Hyundai was the No. 23 FASTMD Racing with Speed Syndicate Audi RS 3 LMS TCR of Max Faulkner, in sixth.

The Advent Health 120 gets underway at 2:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA Radio.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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