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Brundle Secures Ligier-Honda TUSC Debut Pole at COTA

Alex Brundle storms to TUDOR Championship pole in Ligier-Honda…

Photo: Darren Pierson

Photo: Darren Pierson

Alex Brundle pushed the No. 42 OAK Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda to a debut pole position for the new car on North American soil ahead of Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans, Round 10 of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

Brundle has achieved his second (Watkins Glen) and OAK Racing’s third pole this season, courtesy of the fastest TUDOR Championship lap of the weekend thus far at Circuit of the Americas. He’ll share the car with Gustavo Yacaman.

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The Englishman’s best time of 1:57.809 at the 3.4-mile track beat three other Daytona Prototype-spec cars, and the next best P2-spec car that ended fifth.

Ricky Taylor slotted the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP into second (1:58.643) with Memo Rojas third in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford and Christian Fittipaldi fourth in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.

Johannes van Overbeek, in the lone Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b in the TUDOR Championship this weekend, lines up fifth.

Sean Rayhall took his second straight pole position in Prototype Challenge, driving the No. 25 8Star Motorsports Oreca FLM09, with a time that will slot him eighth on the overall grid.

Rayhall’s best time of 2:00.528 was a solid 0.557 clear of the rest of the runners in the truncated session. He’ll race Saturday with Luis Diaz.

Colin Braun (CORE autosport) and Bruno Junqueira (RSR Racing) were next, with the two Starworks Motorsport entries fourth and fifth.

Jack Hawksworth didn’t get to complete a lap in the No. 08 RSR Racing as he pulled off course, and neither did David Ostella in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry following an accident at the exit of Turn 20.

Ostella’s contact brought out a red flag that truncated the session to just eight minutes of green flag running instead of the standard 15.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to NBCSports.com and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Dan

    September 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Good effort but he’ll be fourth by the time they exit turn 1.

    • George 917-30

      September 19, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      You all may be proved right, but, then again, TUSC may have finally gotten the BOP right. Here’s hoping. I’m looking forward to the race, and to next year.

  2. jeff

    September 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    got to agree w/Dan, it’s ashamed too, either that or 1 of the DP’s will spin him

    • Travis

      September 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Moneys on the #5 if it happens, that car cant go a race without hitting someone.

      • vance22

        September 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

        Have they gotten a penalty yet? Wait, Road America, I think. How they didn’t get one at indy boggles the mind

        • Travis

          September 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm

          When you look at who owns the series and what other events were happening at Indy im not surprised. That’s really set the tone for what they can do and get away with.

          • You are an idiot

            September 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm

            Paranoia isn’t healthy, perhaps you should see a shrink.

  3. Randy

    September 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I have always thought the P2 spec was superior to the Daytona Prototype. The P2s have been down on power, but consistently the fastest on lap time. This Ligier is the class of the field by far and it is so refreshing to see it beat up on American iron. I love the French Ligier with a French team, Oak Racing, showing us proper technology. I am American through and through, but the European impact on racing just can’t be matched.

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