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Land, Audi Pace Monterey Pre-Qualifying

Land Motorsport topped the Pre-Qualifying time sheets at MRLS…

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Audi Sport Team Land continued its strong showing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, pacing Pre-Qualifying for the SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours.

The trio of Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase, and Connor de Phillippi paced the Free Practice session earlier in the day and returned to the top of the time sheets with a fast lap of 1:24.317 in the No. 29 Audi R8 LMS.

Porsche Motorsport North America by Wright Motorsport snagged the second-fastest time with Patrick Long, Joerg Bergmeister, and Romain Dumas taking turns at the controls of the No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R, while K-PAX Racing set the third-fastest mark with the lineup of Ben Barnicoat, Alvaro Parente, and Bryan Sellers in the No. 9 McLaren 650S GT3.

The top three were separated by just 0.174 seconds.

The No. 43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 was fourth with the No. 54 Black Swan Racing Porsche fifth overall and the top GTS Pro-Am entry.

Other class leaders were The No. 193 MARC Cars Australia Marc Mazda 3 V8 in the invitational category and the No. 26 Reardon Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport in GT4.

The session ran without major incident.

The grid for the California 8 Hours will be set Saturday with Qualifying at 10:45 a.m. PT. The top-fifteen overall times will advance to Super Pole qualifying, which will be held at 1:40 p.m. PT.

RESULTS: Pre-Qualifying

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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