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Braun, CORE on Lime Rock Pole

Colin Braun scores back-to-back poles in PC…

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Colin Braun scored his second consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge pole, after taking top qualifying honors for Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

The CORE autosport driver reeled off a quick lap of 48.824 seconds in the 15-minute session, outpacing the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09 of Robert Alon by just 0.016 seconds.

It marked back-to-back poles for the defending class champion, who may or may not start the tomorrow’s two-hour and 40-minute PC, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona-only race from the pole.

Braun also scored pole last time out at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park but opted to start co-driver Jon Bennett instead, and thus was relegated to the rear of the prototype field.

A decision on the start driver has not yet been made by the Morgan Brady-led team.

James French will start third overall and in class in his No. 38 Performance Tech car, ahead of Jose Gutierrez, in the debuting No. 7 Starworks Motorsport entry, in fourth. The Mexican driver held P2 for most of the session.

The top-four was separated by only 0.154 seconds in qualifying, with the class championship-leading No. 8 Starworks car of Alex Popow completing the top-five in class.

The Northeast Grand Prix gets underway Saturday at 3:05 p.m. ET, live on FOX.

RESULTS: Qualifying

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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