OAK Racing broke through to score its first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship pole, following a blistering lap set by Alex Brundle in qualifying for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
The 23-year-old second-generation driver reeled off an impressive 1:37.902 time in his Morgan-Nissan, outpacing the competition by seven-tenths. He was the only driver to break the 1:37 barrier.
Brundle, who only turned his first laps of the historic 3.4-mile circuit on Friday, wound up 0.658 seconds quicker than the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Christian Fittipaldi in second.
It was only the second pole position by a P2 car this season but first for the French-based squad. Brundle will share driving duties with Gustavo Yacaman and Ho-Pin Tung on Sunday.
The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP of Michael Valiante completed the top-three overall and in the Prototype class with a 1:38.692 lap.
Scott Pruett, meanwhile, pedaled his No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford to fourth, with Scott Sharp completing the top-five in the No. 1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b.
In Prototype Challenge, Colin Braun claimed his second pole of the season following a heated battle for top qualifying honors in the spec prototype class.
Braun took his No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09 to a best lap of 1:40.562, set on his final flying lap.
The No. 25 8Star Motorsports entry of Tom Kimber-Smith made a late-session improvement to second, displacing Renger van der Zande, who will roll off third in class in his No. 8 Starworks Motorport machine.
PC debutant John Martin qualified fourth in his No. 7 Starworks entry, with PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ Gunnar Jeannette completing the top-five in class.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen gets underway Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET, live on FOX Sports 1.