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Michimi Takes Race 1 Pole; Race 2 Qualifying Called Off

Red flag forced Super Trofeo Q2 to be called off, while Michimi takes first pole of season in Q1…

Photo: Jamey Price

Shinya Michimi scored pole for the first of two Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America races at VIR, while the grid for the second race is yet to be confirmed after Saturday’s second qualifying session was called off.

Repairs to the barrier at pit entry following an accident for Matt Dicken’s No. 36 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo at the end of Q1 resulted in a lengthy red flag.

This stoppage brought the first session to a premature halt and also ate into the time set aside for the second 15-minute session to decide the race 2 grid.

Michimi took pole for Saturday’s 50-minute race in the No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports machine which the Japanese driver is sharing with Brandon Gdovic.

26-year-old Michimi, who took a win with Gdovic at Road America last season, is taking part in his first Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America round of the season.

He will line up next to Richard Antinucci on the front row of the grid, after going six-tenths of a second clear of the No. 29 Change Racing driver.

Andrea Amici qualified third, while Patrick Liddy set the fourth-best time in the highest-placed Pro-Am entry. Pro-class competitor Cedric Sbirrazzuoli completed the top five.

In sixth and seventh was LB Cup pole-sitter Chad Reed, who lapped just ahead of the pole-winning Am car driven by Steve Aghakani.

Sunday’s grid, based off championship positions, has yet to be confirmed, but it’s understood that a provisional grid based on championship points is being reviewed by the race director and series manager.

RESULTS: Qualifying 1

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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