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Vanthoor Scores First Career GTLM Pole at Lime Rock

Laurens Vanthoor captures long-awaited first IMSA GTLM pole at Lime Rock…

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Laurens Vanthoor has led a Porsche front row sweep for this afternoon’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

The Belgian earned his first career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole following a 49.133 lap time in the GT Le Mans championship-leading No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR.

It was 0.052 seconds quicker than teammate Nick Tandy in the No. 911 Porsche.

Vanthoor became the sixth different pole-sitter in seven WeatherTech Championship races this season, in what’s been a dominant weekend so far for the German manufacturer, which has topped the time charts in all but one session so far.

Connor De Phillippi will start third in the No. 25 Team RLL BMW M8 GTE, followed by Dirk Mueller in the No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT in fourth.

The No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia completed the top-five, followed by the sister Corvette of Oliver Gavin.

Both the No. 67 Ford of Ryan Briscoe and John Ewdwards’ BMW brought up the read in the eight-car GTLM field.

Hindman Takes GT Daytona Pole in Record-Breaking Lap

Trent Hindman scored his third class pole of the season in an ultra-close qualifying fight in GT Daytona.

The GTD championship leader jumped to the top of the time sheets with a 51.456-second lap time in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo, edging out the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Ben Keating by 0.026 seconds.

It marked another new qualifying record for the GTD class, which saw the entire 14-car field separated by less than eight-tenths of a second.

Corey Lewis will start third in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, followed by Canadian Tire Motorsport Park pole-sitter and class-winner Robby Foley in fourth.

The No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Zach Robichon completed the top-five in class.

The Northeast Grand Prix gets underway at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage on the NBC Sports App and on IMSA Radio, with tape-delayed coverage on NBCSN beginning at 9:30 p.m.

RESULTS: Qualifying 

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