Colin Braun has stormed to the pole for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, in a front row lockout for LMP2 machinery.
The CORE autosport driver reeled off a 1:32.350 lap time in his No. 54 Oreca 07 Gibson to edge out the No. 32 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 Gibson of Paul Di Resta by a mere 0.006 seconds.
It marked the first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole of the season for a LMP2 car.
Braun, who scored his first series pole in two years, will share driving duties in tomorrow’s third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup with Romain Dumas and team owner Jon Bennett.
DTM star Di Resta will start second, ahead of the Ricky Taylor-driven No. 7 Team Penske Acura ARX-05 and the sister No. 6 Acura DPi that was qualified by Dane Cameron.
The No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca of Simon Trummer completed the top-five.
Pipo Derani, who set the sixth quickest time, grounded to a halt on track with less than four minutes remaining, although the Brazilian managed to retain the position.
Cadillac DPi-V.Rs struggled in the 15-minute session, with the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing entry of Renger van der Zande the quickest in 8th.
Championship leaders Action Express Racing, meanwhile, will start 11th and 14th overall and in the Prototype class.
The No. 77 Mazda RT24-P, which suffered an airborne accident in final practice, did not set a lap but is expected to be repaired in time for tomorrow’s race.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen gets underway Sunday at 9:45 a.m. EDT.