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Priaulx, BMW Team RLL Claim GTLM Pole

Andy Priualx takes BMW Team RLL to GTLM pole at The Glen…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

BMW Team RLL will start Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen from the pole in GT Le Mans, following a quick lap by Andy Priaulx in qualifying today.

The BMW factory driver stormed to the top of the time sheets late in the 15-minute session, turning a 1:44.084 lap in the championship-leading No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE.

Priaulx’s lap displaced teammate Dirk Mueller, who held the provisional pole with a 1:44.376 lap at the time. The German driver dropped to third late in the session.

It marked the first pole for the Bavarian manufacturer in the GTLM class. Priaulx will share driving duties of the No. 55 car on Sunday with Bill Auberlen.

Jan Magnussen made a late improvement to put his No. 3 Corvette C7.R second in qualifying, ahead of Mueller’s BMW, which will start third.

The No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR of Michael Christensen was fourth, while Jonathan Bomarito’s No. 93 SRT Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R will roll off fifth on the grid tomorrow.

The top-eight in class were separated by less than one second in the heated qualifying run for the factory-backed class.

Leh Keen, meanwhile, gave the Porsche 911 GT America its first-ever pole position in GT Daytona.

The Alex Job Racing driver reeled off a fast lap of 1:48.831 in his No. 22 WeatherTech-sponsored entry he’ll share with Cooper MacNeil and Philipp Frommenwiler.

Keen was the only driver to dip into the 1:48 range, with Dane Cameron second best with a 1:49.023 in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport Z4 GT3, which joined the session late following an issue in final practice.

Lining up third in class, and making it three different manufacturers in the top-three, is the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R of Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Spencer Pumpelly (Flying Lizard Motorsports) and Andy Lally (Magnus Racing) completed the top-five in class after battling for the provisional pole early in the session.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen gets underway Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET, live on FOX Sports 1.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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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