BMW Team RLL has snatched GT Le Mans class pole for Sunday’s Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, with Jesse Krohn taking the top spot in qualifying.
Krohn reeled off a 1:21.557 lap time in the newly re-liveried No. 24 BMW M8 GTE that he will share with John Edwards in the penultimate IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race of the season.
The Finn’s time was 0.127 seconds quicker than the No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Dirk Mueller, who will start second, ahead of Tom Blomqvist, who made it two BMWs in the top-three.
It marked Krohn’s second class pole of the year after his top qualifying run at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in July.
The class championship-leading No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR of Laurens Vanthoor qualified fourth, with Ryan Briscoe completing the top-five in the No. 67 Ford.
Jan Magnussen was sixth, ahead of Corvette Racing teammate Oliver Gavin, while a spin by Nick Tandy saw the No. 911 Porsche unable to set a representative time and will roll off from eighth on the grid.
Lewis Storms to First Career Pole in GTD
A late flyer by Corey Lewis has put the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo on the GT Daytona class pole.
Lewis laid down a 1:24.962 lap as the checkered flag came out on the scheduled 15-minute session, which was extended due to a heavy accident that halted action.
The Lamborghini GT3 Junior driver bumped championship leader Trent Hindman from pole, with the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo set to start second in class, ahead of the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 of Cooper MacNeil in third.
Zach Robichon and Robby Foley completed the top-five in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R and No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, respectively.
A heavy crash by Patrick Lindsey in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche put the session under the red flag, with the session extended by an additional 4 minutes and 5 seconds following the end of the scheduled session.
Lindsey was unhurt although the car sustained significant damage on all four corners.
The Monterey Sports Car Championship powered by McLaren gets underway Sunday at 12 p.m. PDT, with live coverage on NBC (3 p.m. EDT).