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Kaffer, Davison Claim VIR GT Poles

Pierre Kaffer scores first TUDOR Championship pole of season at VIR…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

On the heels of their first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship victory, Risi Competizione’s Pierre Kaffer claimed GT Le Mans pole for tomorrow’s GT-only Oak Tree Grand Prix.

James Davison, meanwhile, gave TRG-AMR back-to-back poles in GT Daytona following a massive rebuild from a crash at Road America less than two weeks ago.

Kaffer took his No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia GT to the top, posting a 1:43.797 late in the 15-minute GTLM session.

It bumped the No. 55 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE of Bill Auberlen from provisional pole and gave the Ferrari squad its second top qualifying run in the last three races after co-driver Giancarlo Fisichella’s pole at Indianapolis.

Remarkably, Kaffer became the 9th different pole winner in the nine TUDOR Championship GTLM races to date as the team searches for back-to-back wins on Sunday.

Auberlen and co-driver Andy Priaulx will line up second, ahead of the No. 91 SRT Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R of Marc Goossens in third, who reeled off a 1:44.072 late in the session.

Dirk Mueller (BMW Team RLL) and Jonathan Bomarito (SRT Motorsports) completed the top-five overall and in class.

The No. 3 Corvette C7.R qualified sixth in the hands of Antonio Garcia after a massive repair job following Jan Magnussen’s accident in morning practice. While escaping serious injury, the Dane has yet to be cleared to race tomorrow.

The fate of the No. 911 Porsche North America entry, the other car involved in the accident this morning, remains unclear. Richard Lietz sustained a broken arm in the shunt and will fly home to Austria for surgery.

The car, due to be shared with Nick Tandy, did not set a time in qualifying.

GTD qualifying honors, meanwhile, went to TRG’s Davison following a remarkable comeback of their own.

The Kevin Buckler-led squad was forced to miss opening practice on Friday as its No. 007 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 was still being put back together following a weekend-ending accident in warmup at Road America.

While having only received a replacement chassis on Wednesday evening, Davison and co-driver Al Carter were back on track yesterday afternoon.

Twenty-four hours later, the Australian put the car on pole.

Davison edged out the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America of Leh Keen by 0.297 seconds, with the Dane Cameron-driven No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 completing the top-three in class.

The GTLM/GTD portion of the Oak Tree Grand Prix takes the green flag Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET, live on FOX Sports 1.

RESULTS: Qualifying (GTLM/GTD)

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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