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Tandy Scores GTLM Pole for Porsche

Nick Tandy claims GT Le Mans pole for Porsche at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park…

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Nick Tandy will start Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix from the pole in GT Le Mans, continuing Porsche’s dominance this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Tandy recorded a best lap of 1:13.517 in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR to edge out the No. 67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe by 0.327 seconds.

It marked the first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship class pole of the season for Tandy and the No. 911 Porsche, which he will share with Patrick Pilet in tomorrow’s two-hour and 40-minute race.

The No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Jan Magnussen will start third, followed by the No. 912 Porsche of Laurens Vanthoor, who spun early in the 15-minute session but managed to rebound for a 1:13.955 lap time.

Oliver Gavin completed the top-five, followed by the pair of Team RLL BMW M8 GTEs, which managed to get within six-tenths of the class pole-time.

A mechanical issue for the Watkins Glen class-winning No. 66 Ford resulted in a non-representative time for Joey Hand, who qualified eighth in class.

Lexus 1-2 in GTD

3GT Racing scored a front row sweep in GT Daytona, led by the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 of Jack Hawksworth.

The Englishman reeled off a 1:15.581 lap time to claim his second consecutive class pole and third of the WeatherTech Championship season.

Teammate Dominik Baumann was second in the No. 14 Lexus, followed by the class championship-leading No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Bryan Sellers.

Ben Keating qualified the No. 33 Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 fourth, with the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Michael Schein completing the top-five in class.

The No. 44 Magus Racing Audi R8 LMS, which had an accident in final practice triggered by an ABS failure, returned to the track and qualified 11th in the hands of team owner John Potter.

The Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix gets underway Sunday at 2:05 p.m. EDT, with tape-delayed coverage on FS1 beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

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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