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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

PC
1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

GTLM
1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

GTD
1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

PC
1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

GTLM
1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

GTD
1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Toyota fails inspection, moving Alonso car to pole

Alonso car moved to pole
Friday, May 4, 2018

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#8 Toyota now on pole

UPDATE The pole position-winning #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María L¢pez will start the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps from the pit lane after an administrative error resulted in the cancelation of the car’s qualifying lap times.

An incorrect identification number for the car’s fuel flow meter was declared for the #7 prior to qualifying. This subsequently emerged during post-qualifying scrutineering. As a result, the car will start from the pit lane, one lap behind the field.

The team accepts full responsibility for the error, which had no impact whatsoever on car performance. The fuel flow meter which was used in the #7 was fully homologated and calibrated.

Team processes and procedures will be strengthened immediately to avoid any repeat of this unfortunate error.

The situation means the #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso will start from pole position.

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From left, Conway, Lopez and Kobayashi
From left, Conway, Lopez and Kobayashi - stripped of pole

Toyota made the perfect start to the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season by taking pole position for the season-opening Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi, in the #7 TS050 HYBRID they share with Jose Maria Lopez, took pole position with a 1min 54.583secs average of their fastest laps during a qualifying session which was delayed by 45 minutes due to two red flag periods.

Fernando Alonso took part in his first WEC qualifying session alongside team-mate Kazuki Nakajima and they completed a TOYOTA clean sweep. They will start second on the grid in the #8 TS050 HYBRID shared with Sebastien Buemi.

That result means TOYOTA will start from pole position for the 15th time as it attempts to win a fourth consecutive WEC race, and 17th in total.

Mike and Fernando were first in their respective cars, eventually setting a lap time after a five minute delay caused by a stranded LMP1 car. But Kamui and Kazuki had to wait even longer to set their lap times; a heavy accident for another LMP1 car took 40 minutes to clear but they kept their concentration and ultimately the #7 car took pole position by 0.379secs.

The point earned for pole position gives TOYOTA GAZOO Racing an early advantage in the teams’ World Championship standings, with a clear target to strengthen that position in Saturday’s race, which begins at 1.30pm local time.

Fords lockout GT Front Row

The two Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs have qualified on pole position and in second place, locking out the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s ‘Total 6 Hours of Spa’, the first round of the new WEC Super Season.

“That’s a fantastic way to start the season,” said Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell. “We couldn’t ask for a better result than that. The team are all working together very well and both driving crews did a great job. There was one point up for grabs and we got that one and now we have to think about the points all the way through the season. The car seems to be working very well in these conditions so we’re pleased to see the forecast is for a dry race tomorrow. The new tires are working well so a big thanks to Michelin for that.”

Andy Priaulx (GB) and Harry Tincknell (GB) took pole position in the #67 Ford GT that they share with Tony Kanaan (BRA), scoring their first championship point of the season. Each car’s qualifying time is an aggregate time of the fastest lap times of the two drivers who took part in the session so they both have to be fast!

“I’m very happy with that!” said Priaulx. “We actually had a vibration which cost us a bit of grip so I’m really happy to put it up there. Harry then put together a brilliant used tire run and between us we took pole.  I have two great team mates in Harry and Tony and I’m hoping that we can do something special here tomorrow.”

“We were in second place when I went out so I knew I had to put in a good lap to make the jump to pole,” said Tincknell. “We’ve been at the top of the timesheets all weekend but haven’t necessarily been that happy with the car. The team did a great job with the set up and it now feels great. We’re starting from the best position tomorrow and will have a nice, clear track ahead of us once the P1 and P2 cars are through the first corner. The competition will be tough tomorrow but we are a strong team and I couldn’t be happier with today’s result!”

Aston Martin Racing’s Vantage GTE has made its qualifying debut at Spa

The new racecar – based on the critically acclaimed new Vantage – carried drivers Maxime Martin (B), Alex Lynn (GB) and Jonny Adam to P8 in the #97 entry, while the sister #95 car of Nicki Thiim (DN), Marco Sorensen (DN) and Darren Turner (GB) will start from P10 in the GTE Pro class.

Afterwards the team expressed satisfaction at a trouble-free weekend so far with a car that represents the first all-new machine from Aston Martin Racing in more than seven years, with expectations that race-day should see a further step forward in performance.

Aston Martin Racing debutant Alex Lynn, who qualified the #97 car alongside Max, said: “It was a really positive day. We had done a lot of preparation coming into this race and our main objective was to execute a well-drilled qualifying session from Maxime and myself. The car is in its infancy, and as a team it is all about ramping up the intensity before we get to Le Mans next month. So while tomorrow is an important day to ensure we score points for our world championship campaign, we also need to prepare for our Le Mans 24 Hours attack.”

The team’s other newcomer Martin added: “We’ve tried hard to optimize what we have and put everything together, but obviously we still need to find some outright pace. It is a long six-hour race, so our aim is to have a flawless race and maximize execution as a team. It’s a long season so we will see how things develop.”

LMP1 Quotes

#7 pole winning Toyota
#7 pole winning Toyota

Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “They were a strong couple of laps between me and Kamui. The car felt good on my lap so I just let it do its thing really. It’s nice to get that point on the board for pole position and to start from the front row. Our team-mates kept us honest as always and it’s great for the team to be one-two in qualifying; we’ll try to convert it into a win tomorrow.”

Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “Thanks to all the team for their hard work over the winter. They did a great job today and Mike set a really strong lap time. We are in different situation compared to last year but we worked hard to become stronger and we have shown this in qualifying. But the race is most important so that is our main focus now.”

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It was a bit of a tricky qualifying with the long delays. I made a small mistake in first sector but that was my only regret. The car felt good to drive but we believe we can still fine-tune it for the race. We need to maximize the car because it’s going to be a challenge, especially to look after the tires. It’s going to be a long race but this is a good start to the season for the team.”

Fernando Alonso (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It was a good qualifying session and I enjoyed every single corner. I’m happy with the lap and the experience. There was a little bit of lap time to find, especially in the middle sector where I had some moments in turn eight and nine but I put a clean lap together then Kazuki did a great job with his lap. One-two for the team in the first qualifying of the season is good. There are a long six hours ahead of us but definitely we want to stay at the front.”

Qualifying Results

LMP1

POS TEAM DRIVERS No. DRIVER 1 DRIVER 2 AVG. GAP
1ST Toyota Gazoo Racing Conway M. Kobayashi K. Lopez J. #7 1:54.679 1:54.488 1'54.583 +0.000S
2ND Toyota Gazoo Racing Buemi S. Nakajima K. Alonso F. #8 1:55.143 1:54.781 1'54.962 +0.379
3RD Rebellion Racing Jani N. Lotterer A. Senna B. #1 1:56.586 1:56.264 1'56.425 +1.842
4TH Rebellion Racing Beche M. Laurent T. Menezes G. #3 1:56.756 1:57.228 1'56.992 +2.409
5TH Smp Racing Aleshin M. Petrov V. #11 1:58.141 1:58.354 1'58.247 +3.664
6TH ByKolles Racing Team Webb O. Kraihamer D. Dillmann T. #4 1:59.189 1:58.206 1'58.697 +4.114
7TH DragonSpeed Hedman H. Hanley B. Fittipaldi P. #10 1:59.158 1'59.158 +4.575
8TH Signatech Alpine Matmut Lapierre N. Negrão A. Thiriet P. #36 2:01.476 2:03.334 2'02.405 +7.822
9TH G-Drive Racing Rusinov R. Vergne J. Pizzitola A. #26 2:01.568 2:03.290 2'02.429 +7.846
10TH Jackie Chan Dc Racing Tung H. Aubry G. Richelmi S. #38 2:02.663 2:02.986 2'02.824 +8.241
11TH Jackie Chan Dc Racing Jaafar J. Tan W. Jeffri N. #37 2:01.824 2:04.222 2'03.023 +8.440
12TH DragonSpeed Gonzalez R. Maldonado P. Berthon N. #31 2:02.527 2:04.314 2'03.420 +8.837
13TH Tds Racing Perrodo F. Vaxiviere M. Duval L. #28 2:02.021 2:07.385 2'04.703 +10.120
14TH Racing Team Nederland Van Eerd F. Van Der Garde G. Lammers J. #29 2:03.920 2:07.084 2'05.502 +10.919
15TH Larbre Competition Creed E. Ricci R. Canal J. #50 2:03.022 2:08.456 2'05.739 +11.156

GTE PRO

POS TEAM DRIVERS No. DRIVER 1 DRIVER 2 AVG. GAP
1ST Ford Chip Ganassi Team Uk Priaulx A. Tincknell H. Kanaan T. #67 2:12.604 2:13.290 2'12.947
2ND Ford Chip Ganassi Team Uk Mucke S. Pla O. Johnson B. #66 2:12.420 2:13.641 2'13.030 +0.083
3RD Porsche GT Team Lietz R. Bruni G. #91 2:13.004 2:13.065 2'13.034 +0.087
4TH Porsche GT Team Christensen M. Estre K. #92 2:13.158 2:13.546 2'13.352 +0.405
5TH BMW Team Mtek Blomqvist T. Felix Da Costa A. #82 2:13.683 2:14.351 2'14.017 +1.070
6TH AF Corse Pier Guidi A. Calado J. #51 2:14.383 2:14.388 2'14.385 +1.438
7TH AF Corse Rigon D. Bird S. #71 2:14.780 2:15.429 2'15.104 +2.157
8TH Aston Martin Racing Lynn A. Martin M. Adam J. #97 2:15.237 2:15.018 2'15.127 +2.180
9TH BMW Team Mtek Tomczyk M. Catsburg N. #81 2:15.121 2:15.164 2'15.142 +2.195
10TH Aston Martin Racing Sorensen M. Thiim N. Turner D. #95 2:15.757 2:16.251 2'16.004 +3.057

GTE-AM

POS TEAM DRIVERS No. DRIVER 1 DRIVER 2 AVG. GAP
11TH Dempsey - Proton Racing Ried C. Andlauer J. Campbell M. #77 2:14.790 2:17.924 2'16.357 +3.410
12TH Aston Martin Racing Dalla Lana P. Lamy P. Lauda M. #98 2:15.430 2:17.289 2'16.359 +3.412
13TH Team Project 1 Bergmeister J. Lindsey P. Perfetti E. #56 2:17.223 2:16.052 2'16.637 +3.690
14TH Gulf Racing Uk Wainwright M. Barker B. Davison A. #86 2:15.332 2:18.137 2'16.734 +3.787
15TH Dempsey - Proton Racing Al Qubaisi K. Roda G. Cairoli M. #88 2:14.766 2:18.771 2'16.768 +3.821
16TH TF Sport Yoluc S. Alers-Hankey E. Eastwood C. #90 2:16.511 2:18.744 2'17.627 +4.680
17TH Mr Racing Ishikawa M. Beretta O. Cheever E. #70 2:16.560 2:20.464 2'18.512 +5.565
18TH Spirit Of Race Flohr T. Castellacci F. Fisichella G. #54 2:16.919 2:20.916 2'18.917 +5.970
19TH Clearwater Racing Mok W. Sawa K. Griffin M. #61 2:22.273 2:16.617 2'19.445 +6.498

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