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Agostini, Verhagen Claim COTA Poles

Riccardo Agostini puts series debuting AF Corse Ferrari 296 GT3 on pole for Race 1…

Photo: Fabian Lagunas/SRO

Riccardo Agostini and Neil Verhagen have scored pole positions for this weekend’s pair of Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS races at Circuit of The Americas.

Agostini, in his Fanatec GT America debut, reeled off a best time of 2:03.432 in the No. 88 AF Corse Ferrari 296 GT3 to edge out the No. 91 Regulator Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of Philip Ellis by 0.031 seconds.

Both teams elected to qualify their Pro drivers in Q1, in a reversal of the typical strategy that sees Ams qualify for Race 1.

Alec Udell put the No. 63 DXDT Racing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R on Pro class pole with the third quickest time overall, followed by the No. 28 ST Racing BMW M4 GT3 of Bill Auberlen in fourth and Luca Mars, who completed the top-five in the No. 93 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo22.

Q2 saw Verhagen take his No. 38 ST Racing BMW to a quick lap of 2:03.137 to edge out fellow BMW factory driver Robby Foley, in the No. 29 Turner Motorsport entry, by 0.224 seconds.

Colin Braun will start third in Race 2 in his No. 04 CrowdStrike by Riley Mercedes-AMG, followed by Pro class pole-sitter Elliott Skeer in the No. 120 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Trent Hindman completed the top-five in the Pro-Am class No. 85 RS1 Porsche.

Race 1 gets underway at 3:25 p.m. CDT, with Race 2 on Sunday at 2:15 p.m., both of which will be streamed live on SRO’s GT World YouTube channel and on Twitch.

RESULTS: Qualifying 1/Qualifying 2

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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