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2018 Final (Top-10)
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Eric Curran 277
1 Felipe Nasr 277
2 Jonathan Bennett 274
2 Colin Braun 274
3 Jordan Taylor 270
3 Renger Van Der Zande 270
4 Misha Goikhberg 252
4 Stephen Simpson 252
5 Dane Cameron 251
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 251
6 Filipe Albuquerque 249
7 Ricky Taylor 243
7 Helio Castroneves 243
8 Oliver Jarvis 234
8 Tristan Nunez 234
9 Pipo Derani 232
10 Jonathan Bomarito 218

GTLM
1 Jan Magnussen 322
1 Antonio Garcia 322
2 Richard Westbrook 316
2 Ryan Briscoe 316
3 Oliver Gavin 310
3 Tommy Milner 310
4 Dirk Mueller 308
4 Joey Hand 308
5 Earl Bamber 308
5 Laurens Vanthoor 308
6 Alexander Sims 304
6 Connor De Phillippi 304
7 Nick Tandy 299
7 Patrick Pilet 299
8 John Edwards 278
8 Jesse Krohn 278
9 Bill Auberlen 106
10 Frederic Makowiecki 93

GTD
1 Bryan Sellers 333
1 Madison Snow 333
2 Katherine Legge 329
3 Jeroen Bleekemolen 299
3 Ben Keating 299
4 Cooper Macneil 295
5 Kyle Marcelli 268
5 Dominik Baumann 268
6 Alvaro Parente 264
7 Patrick Long 263
7 Christina Nielsen 263
8 John Potter 255
8 Andy Lally 255
9 Justin Marks 249
9 Lawson Aschenbach 249
10 Jack Hawksworth 239

Manufacturers
Rank Make Total
1 Cadillac 332
2 Acura 316
3 Nissan 302
4 Mazda 300

GTLM
1 Ford 351
2 Chevrolet 345
3 Porsche 341
4 BMW 332
5 Ferrari 84

GTD
1 Lamborghini 340
2 Acura 330
3 Ferrari 310
4 Mercedes-AMG 307
5 Lexus 306
6 Porsche 298
7 Audi 284
8 BMW 278
Derani puts Nissan on Petit Le Mans Pole

WeatherTech Racing on pole in GTD
Friday, October 12, 2018

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The polesitting prototype leads the #24 BMW - on pole in GTLM
The polesitting prototype leads the #24 BMW - on pole in GTLM

Tequila Patron ESM driver Pipo Derani celebrated his 25th birthday in high fashion Friday at Road Atlanta by winning pole position in the No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi for Saturday’s 21st Motul Petit Le Mans. Teammate and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship newcomer Norman Nato qualified the No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi in fourth.

Derani grabbed pole position early in the session, setting a fast timed lap on his first flyer lap. Olivier Jarvis and the No. 77 Mazda proved to be a strong competitor and followed suit with his own fast time to launch him to the top of the charts. Derani stayed on track and brought the No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi to provisional pole a final time, and pitted with three minutes remaining on the clock. Jarvis stayed on track and continued to submit additional lap times, but failed to be quick enough to beat Derani’s Nissan. The Brazilian earned his third IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position, and will lead the field to green on Saturday morning’s start.

New to Tequila Patron ESM, Road Atlanta, and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, WEC driver Norman Nato showed an impressive qualifying run as well, jumping as high as third place in the fifteen minute session. The 55 Mazda of Jonathan Bomarito put in a flying lap in the final laps, moving him down to fourth place for his IMSA debut..

Derani ultimately ended up 0.124 seconds quicker than the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest entry of Jarvis, with Bomarito 0.039 seconds behind in third.

It marked Derani’s second pole of the season, coming in the final race for the team in Tequila Patron colors.

The sister No. 2 Nissan DPi of GP2 star Norman Nato qualified fourth, with Ricky Taylor completing the top-five in the No. 7 Team Penske Acura ARX-05.

GTLM

The 25 BMW - sister car to the polesitting #24
The 25 BMW - sister car to the polesitting #24

John Edwards will start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale, Motul Petit Le Mans, from the GTLM class pole position. Driving the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE to a 1:17.006 minute lap around the 2.54-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta circuit, Edwards recorded his second pole of the 2018 season and will lead the 9-car GTLM class to the green flag tomorrow. Edwards will share the No. 24 machine with season-long co-driver Jesse Krohn and Australian Supercars Championship regular Chaz Mostert, who will be driving in his first race for BMW Team RLL.

It marks the first class pole for the Bobby Rahal-led organization in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale and the 26th in program history.

Edwards’ 1:17.006 lap in the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE, a Road Atlanta class qualifying record, was fractionally better than Garcia in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, who lost out on the pole by just 0.024 seconds.

Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen will start their race toward a second straight IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title from the front row. Garcia qualified second in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class with a lap of 1:17.030 (18.706 mph in his No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R on Friday afternoon – missing out on pole position by just 0.024 seconds. He and Magnussen, who will drive with Marcel Fässler, can repeat as champions with a fourth-place finish or better. But make no mistake: the goal is “better.”

A victory Saturday would be the first for the Garcia/Magnussen pairing this season. However, the No. 3 Corvette has finished on the GTLM podium in seven consecutive races and eight of 10 events.

Tommy Milner qualified eight in class with the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he will share with Oliver Gavin and Fässler, who is pulling double duty Saturday. Milner, who qualified with a lap of 1:17.451 (118.061 mph), had been fastest in class during Thursday’s night practice and Friday’s final practice session. The closeness of the GTLM class was evident as he was just 0.445 seconds off pole position.

GTD

Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Gunnar Jeannette (Salt Lake City, Ut.) and Daniel Serra (Brazil) will start the season finale from pole on the GTD grid tomorrow.

Serra had the wheel of the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari for the 15-minute qualifying session around the 2.5-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta track located an hour north of Atlanta. The Scuderia Corsa team had the car up to fourth in last nights practice session. The Brazilian was able to post a time of 1:19.695 in qualifying which bested the field for the GTD Class pole.

"This is one of the best tracks," Serra said. "I really like running here, the last time I raced here was in 2016 with Scuderia Corsa. You really need to have confidence in the car. The first part of the circuit is really on the edge, one mistake and you could be out. The WeatherTech Ferrari is really good, it works well here. In four races I have done, I have three pole positions on different tracks with the Ferrari. Now us drivers have to do our jobs in the race."

MacNeil is currently fourth in the GTD driver's points standings. The team is keen to get him to Sunday's IMSA Night of Champions banquet to take third place honors. It will take 10-hours of competitive driving once the green falls tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET.

"We have been trying a lot of different set-up things this weekend," MacNeil said. "It looks like we have the WeatherTech Ferrari right and Daniel put it on the pole. He had a great lap. Obviously, it is ten hours of racing, but we are starting up front. We will be pushing hard for the win tomorrow."

"We have a good car for a short run," Jeannette said. "We have had the tires falling off in short runs, so we have been focusing on the long run set-up of the WeatherTech Ferrari to maximize our tires. Hopefully it works out, we have a good day tomorrow and have our black and white Ferrari on the podium."

The 21st Motul Petit Le Mans gets underway Saturday at 11:05 a.m. EDT with live coverage on FS1.

Lineup

PosPicNo.ClassDriversCarTimeBehindGap
1122PJ. van Overbeek / P. Derani, T. BernhardNissan DPi1:10.437+0.000+0.000
2277PO. Jarvis / T. Nunez / L. Di GrassiMazda DPi1:10.561+0.124+0.124
3355PJ. Bomarito / M. Franchitti / S. PigotMazda DPi1:10.600+0.163+0.039
442PS. Sharp / R. Dalziel / N. NatoNissan DPi1:10.775+0.338+0.175
557PH. Castroneves / R. Taylor / G. RahalAcura DPi1:10.780+0.343+0.005
665PF. Albuquerque / T. Vautier, C. FittipaldiCadillac DPi1:10.892+0.455+0.112
7785PS. Trummer / R. Alon / D. DeFrancescoORECA LMP21:10.912+0.475+0.020
886PD. Cameron / J. Montoya, S. PagenaudAcura DPi1:10.947+0.510+0.035
9931PF. Nasr / E. Curran / G. ChavesCadillac DPi1:10.981+0.544+0.034
101054PJ. Bennett / C. Braun / R. DumasORECA LMP21:11.071+0.634+0.090
111199PC. Miller / S. Simpson / M. GoikhbergORECA LMP21:11.151+0.714+0.080
121210PR. Van Der Zande / J. Taylor, R. Hunter-ReayCadillac DPi1:11.468+1.031+0.317
131352PS. Saavedra / J. Gutierrez / W. OwenORECA LMP21:11.708+1.271+0.240
141438PJ. French / K. Masson / N. BoulleORECA LMP21:11.859+1.422+0.151
15124GTLMJ. Krohn / J. Edwards / C. MostertBMW M8 GTE1:17.006+6.569+5.147
1623GTLMJ. Magnussen / A. Garcia / M. FasslerChevrolet Corvette1:17.030+6.593+0.024
173912GTLME. Bamber / L. Vanthoor / M. JaminetPorsche 911 RSR1:17.209+6.772+0.179
18467GTLMR. Briscoe / R. Westbrook / S. DixonFord GT1:17.220+6.783+0.011
195911GTLMP. Pilet / N. Tandy / F. MakowieckiPorsche 911 RSR1:17.369+6.932+0.149
20666GTLMJ. Hand / D. Mueller / S. BourdaisFord GT1:17.383+6.946+0.014
21725GTLMA. Sims / C. De Phillippi / B. AuberlenBMW M8 GTE1:17.428+6.991+0.045
2284GTLMO. Gavin / T. Milner / M. FasslerChevrolet Corvette1:17.451+7.014+0.023
23962GTLMT. Vilander / A. Bertolini / M. MolinaFerrari 488 GTE1:17.774+7.337+0.323
24163GTDC. MacNeil / D. Serra / G. JeannetteFerrari 488 GT31:19.695+9.258+1.921
25215GTDJ. Hawksworth, D. Heinemeier Hansson / S. RayhallLexus RC F GT31:19.732+9.295+0.037
26329GTDC. Mies / D. Morad / S. van der LindeAudi R8 LMS GT31:19.744+9.307+0.012
27493GTDJ. Marks / L. Aschenbach, M. FarnbacherAcura NSX GT31:19.877+9.440+0.133
28548GTDB. Sellers / M. Snow / C. LewisLamborghini Huracan1:20.079+9.642+0.202
29686GTDK. Legge / A. Parente / T. HindmanAcura NSX GT31:20.095+9.658+0.016
30764GTDT. Bell / M. Cressoni / F. MontecalvoFerrari 488 GT31:20.297+9.860+0.202
31814GTDD. Baumann / K. Marcelli, P. FrommenwilerLexus RC F GT31:20.366+9.929+0.069
32933GTDB. Keating / J. Bleekemolen / L. StolzMercedes-AMG GT31:20.587+10.150+0.221
331071GTDJ. Perez / F. Fraga / M. BuhkMercedes-AMG GT31:21.580+11.143+0.993
341196GTDD. Machavern / M. Palttala / D. YountBMW M6 GT31:21.650+11.213+0.070
351244GTDJ. Potter / A. Lally / A. DavisAudi R8 LMS GT31:21.895+11.458+0.245
361373GTDS. Pumpelly / W. Henzler / T. PappasPorsche 911 GT3 R1:22.610+12.173+0.715
371458GTDP. Long / C. Nielsen / R. RenauerPorsche 911 GT3 RNo TimeNo TimeNo Time

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