The No. 7 Charles Wicht Racing Ligier JS P3 of Leo Lamelas, who enters the weekend second in the LMP3 class standings, will start from the pole for Sunday’s 1 hour 45-minute IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Lamelas lapped the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit in 1:14.672 for the pole, besting the No. 3 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier of Max Hanratty by a mere 0.001 seconds.
Current points leader Kris Wright qualified third in the No. 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier, co-driven by Yann Clairay.
Lamelas will have an assist this weekend in co-driver Roman De Angelis as he looks to close the six-point gap on Wright.
Canadian De Angelis is 1-for-1 this season in IPC, giving ANSA Motorsports the victory at Daytona before switching his attention to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada schedules where he competes full-time and sits second in the standings in both series.
“We’re second in the championship and fighting for the lead now,” said Lamelas. “I think we’re in good position this weekend and I’ll be pushing for the lead. Roman is a very consistent driver which is very important. I think he’ll do a good job for us tomorrow.”
Forty7 Motorsports rounded out the top-five with its No. 74 Alianza Motorsports Norma M30 entry fourth driven by Anthony Simone, while the No. 47 Norma M30 of TJ Fischer qualified fifth.
The team’s pair of entries has combined to finish runner-up in each of the first three races with Fischer’s co-driver Austin McCusker tied with Hanratty for third in points, 16 points back.
Chlumecky Scores Second Consecutive MPC Class Pole
For the second consecutive race, Michael Chlumecky will start from the pole in the MPC class.
Chlumecky scorched the field Saturday, earning the top spot in the No. 31 Eurosport Racing Elan DP02 by 1.189 seconds over series points leader Dr. Robert Masson.
“The car’s been fantastic and the guys at Eurosport Racing always have always given me a car that really plants itself wherever I need it to,” said Chlumecky, who went on to win from the pole at Barber Motorsports Park.
“Now it’s up to me to carry it through to the finish line tomorrow. An hour and 45 minutes at this track is tough, I’m not gonna lie. This is a very physical and very demanding track.”
Chlumecky’s lap was good enough for 10th overall and topped the best laps of six LMP3 cars. His closest competition, however, will come from the driver starting right next to him on the MPC front row.
The IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda race will be streamed live on IMSA.tv on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT