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Bomarito Inherits COTA GTLM Pole

Bomarito inherits COTA GTLM pole; TRG-AMR on GTD pole…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Jonathan Bomarito, in the No. 93 SRT Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R, inherited the pole position for the penultimate round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season in GT Le Mans following post-qualifying technical inspection.

The third Porsche North America factory entry, the No. 910 Porsche 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet, set the fastest time of the day at 2:03.302. But in post-qualifying technical inspection, all times were disallowed as the car was missing a camera pod on the roof.

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The pole is Bomarito’s first of the season in GTLM and second for SRT Motorsports, first since Kuno Wittmer took one at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It also continues the streak of no repeat polesitters in GTLM through the first 10 races of the year.

Bomarito had originally moved the two full-season factory Porsches down to row two with a late flier of 2:03.649.

The No. 911 got ahead of the No. 912 to edge into third on the grid, which now becomes second after the No. 910’s penalty.

The three remaining manufacturers struggled. The pair of BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTEs are fifth and sixth on the grid, the two Corvette Racing C7.Rs seventh and ninth and the sole Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia 10th on the GTLM grid.

James Davison captured his third straight GT Daytona pole in the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage, with the weekend’s fastest lap at 2:08.502. He’ll race with Al Carter.

The Aston Martin led four manufacturers in the top four positions. Jeroen Bleekemolen clocked in second in the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, with Dane Cameron third in the No. 300 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 and Mike Skeen fourth in the No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America.

All of the top four were in the 2:08 range, with Skeen four tenths off at 2:08.984. Kuba Giermaziak got into fifth in the No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche 911 GT America.

Spencer Pumpelly was top Audi in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS in 10th, with GTD co-points leader Townsend Bell best Ferrari only 15th in the No. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.

The third member of the GTD title battle, the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America, will only line up 16th in the 18-car class.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony


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