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Tandy Puts Porsche on GTLM Pole for Rolex 24

Nick Tandy takes GTLM pole for Porsche with Daytona track record lap…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Nick Tandy set a new GT Le Mans qualifying track record and scored pole position for Porsche in qualifying for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Tandy, driving the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, was a full 0.326 seconds clear of last year’s GTLM pole sitter Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R, while Ryan Briscoe made it three different manufacturers in the top three for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.

Davide Rigon was fourth fastest in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE followed by Earl Bamber in the No. 912 Porsche.

The whole class of nine cars was covered by less than one second, and the top four qualifiers all posted times under the previous class track record.

Via Italia Racing Takes GTD Pole

Marcos Gomes set a new GT Daytona track record en route to taking the class pole position in the Via Italia Racing Ferrari 488 GT3.

The Brazilian broke Daniel Serra’s previous class qualifying record which was set last year, and it marks the third consecutive year that a Ferrari has been on the GTD class pole.

Gomes’ best lap of 1:45.257 was 0.067 seconds faster than second place Ben Keating’s Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3. Trent Hindman was third in the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 Evo for Meyer Shank Racing.

Lamborghini took the next two spots on the grid with Giacomo Altoe and Rolf Ineichen for Ebimotors and GRT Grasser Racing Team, respectively.

The top 13 cars in class were covered by less than one second.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is a pit reporter for SRO America's TV coverage as well as for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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