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Strakka Quickest in Qualifying, Top 15 Progress to Shootout

Strakka leads Mercedes 1-2-3 in quali for California 8H, top 15 progress to Pole Shootout…

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Strakka Racing set the pace in qualifying ahead of the California 8 Hours with Mercedes-AMG GT3s the three fastest cars, while the top 15 cars will progress to this afternoon’s Pole Shootout.

The No. 43 Mercedes of Maxi Goetz, Lewis Williamson and title contender Raffaele Marciello set the fastest combined lap time with a 1:24.903.

The car’s best time came from Marciello in the opening session with a 1:24.212.

SunEnergy1 Racing’s No. 175 Mercedes had the second quickest average time, ahead of the No. 44 Strakka car.

Wright Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 R was fourth fastest ahead of the No. 17 Audi Sport Team WRT entry. 

Strakka also had the quickest GT3 Pro-Am entry with the No. 42 Mercedes driven by Nick Leventis, Felipe Fraga and David Fumanelli.

The GT4 pace was set by the Panoz Avezzano GT4 of Ian James, Preston Calvert and Matthew Keegan ahead of Murillo Racing’s No. 34 Mercedes-AMG GT4.

The top 15 cars overall, including the entire GT3 Pro field and the Pro-Am cars from Strakka and SunEnergy1, have their times deleted and progress to the Pole Shootout.

One driver per car will take place in the 15-minute session to decide the top half of the grid for Sunday’s race.

Grid positions 16th and back have been confirmed through the qualifying session.

The Pole Shootout will take place at 2:40 p.m. local time.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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