Smith Turns The Tables For Dyson At VIR
Guy Smith ran a lap of one minute, 35.965 seconds (122.670 mph) on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course to lead the 15-minute session. He was driving the No. 16 Dyson Racing Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 he shares with Johnny Mowlem, giving the team its first pole of the season. Klaus Graf, who already clinched the title with Lucas Luhr in the No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c, had a best lap of 1:36.169 (122.410 mph).
â€śI knew it was going to be pretty close, but thatâ€™s what makes it so interesting,â€ť said Smith, who took his eighth career ALMS pole. â€śKlaus and Lucas are absolutely first-class drivers, and to beat them, you really need to be on your game. Itâ€™s great to be on the pole position, but tomorrowâ€™s another day. Weâ€™ve got to sit down and plan to see how we can beat them in the race. Itâ€™s been a pretty tough year for Dyson Racing, and this will be my last ALMS race, so I want to go out with a good one.â€ť
Graf and Mowlem will take a six-race winning streak into the event, after having a five-race pole streak come to an end in qualifying.
â€śIt was exciting qualifying, even if itâ€™s not the way we wanted it to be,â€ť Graf said. â€śWe couldnâ€™t quite get the performance out of the car that we wanted, but weâ€™ll keep working on it. Itâ€™s a long race tomorrow.â€ť
Ryan Briscoe took the P2 pole as Level 5 Motorsports swept the top two positions. Briscoe ran a lap of 1:39.796 (117.961 mph) in the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b co-driven by Scott Tucker. He was followed by Marino Franchitti, 1:40.307 (117.360 mph) in the No. 552 co-driven by Guy Cosmo and new addition Stefan Johansson.
â€śFor me, this is one of the most exciting tracks to qualify at, because there are really high speeds and you can go quick with the downforce,â€ť Briscoe said. â€śMy job is really simple tomorrow â€“ I get in for Scott (Tucker) and drive it home for the win.â€ť
Dane Cameron led the Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire qualifying, winning the pole with a lap of 1:41.854 (115.577 mph) to edge out Tom Kimber-Smith.
â€śWe have a really good car for the race,â€ť Cameron said. â€śIt was nice for us to be quickest during both of todayâ€™s (practice) sessions, so it should make for a fun race tomorrow. Hopefully weâ€™ll be able to turn this around into a win.â€ť
Cameron is looking to help Mike Guasch, co-driver of the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Molecule ORECA FLM09, capture the PC title on Saturday. Kimber-Smith ran a lap of 1:42.105 (115.293 mph) to briefly lead the session, but wound up second in the No. 05 CORE autosport Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 co-driven by Jonathan Bennett. To remain in title contention, Bennett cannot lose more than one position to Guasch in Saturdayâ€™s race.
Saturdayâ€™s schedule opens with a 25-minute warm-up at 9:35 a.m. ET. The Oak Tree Grand Prix coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com and the field takes the green flag at 2:15 p.m. ET. The race will be televised on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The two-hour and 45-minute Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway takes the green flag at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 5. The race will be streamed live on ESPN3.com beginning at 2 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
1. (16-P1) Guy Smith/Johnny Mowlem, Lola B12/60 Mazda, 1:35.965, 122.670 mph
2. (6-P1) Lucas Luhr/Klaus Graf, HPD ARX-03c, 1:36.169, 122.410
3. (551-P2) Scott Tucker/Ryan Briscoe, HPD ARX-03b, 1:39.796, 117.961
4. (552-P2) Guy Cosmo/Marino Franchitti/Stefan Johansson, HPD ARX-03b, 1:40.307, 117.360
5. (02-P2) Johannes van Overbeek/Ed Brown, HPD ARX-03b, 1:40.743, 116.852
6. (52-PC) Dane Cameron/Mike Guasch, ORECA FLM09, 1:41.854, 115.577
7. (05-PC) Jonathan Bennett/Tom Kimber-Smith, ORECA FLM09, 1:42.105, 115.293
8. (8-PC) Chris Cumming/Kyle Marcelli, ORECA FLM09, 1:42.419, 114.940
9. (01-P2) Anthony Lazzaro/Scott Sharp, HPD ARX-03b, 1:42.497, 114.852
10. (18-PC) Ryan Booth/Tristan Nunez, ORECA FLM09, 1:42.574, 114.766
11. (81-PC) Mirco Schultis/Renger van der Zande, ORECA FLM09, 1:42.869, 114.437
12. (7-PC) James French/Rusty Mitchell, ORECA FLM09, 1:43.406, 113.843
13. (0-P1) Katherine Legge/Andy Meyrick, DeltaWing LM12 Elan, 1:43.724, 113.494
14. (55-GT) Bill Auberlen/Maxime Martin, BMW Z4 GTE, 1:45.978, 111.080
15. (62-GT) Matteo Malucelli/Olivier Beretta, Ferrari F458 Italia, 1:46.113, 110.938
16. (56-GT) Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller, BMW Z4 GTE, 1:46.174, 110.875
17. (48-GT) Bryce Miller/Marco Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:46.211, 110.836
18. (93-GT) Jonathan Bomarito/Kuno Wittmer, SRT Viper GTS-R Viper V-10, 1:46.528, 110.506 19. (91-GT) Dominik Farnbacher/Marc Goossens, SRT Viper GTS-R Viper V-10, 1:46.568, 110.465
20. (06-GT) Colin Braun/Patrick Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:46.673, 110.356
21. (3-GT) Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia, Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 1:46.923, 110.098
22. (4-GT) Tommy Milner/Oliver Gavin, Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 1:47.038, 109.980
23. (17-GT) Bryan Sellers/Wolf Henzler, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:47.730, 109.273
24. (23-GT) Bill Sweedler/Townsend Bell, Ferrari F458 Italia, 1:47.761, 109.242
25. (66-GTC) Ben Keating/Damien Faulkner, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:52.213, 104.908
26. (22-GTC) Cooper MacNeil/Jeroen Bleekemolen, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:52.610, 104.538
27. (45-GTC) Nelson Canache Jr./Spencer Pumpelly, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:52.621, 104.528
28. (30-GTC) Henrique Cisneros/Sean Edwards, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:52.927, 104.244
29. (31-GTC) Eduardo Cisneros/Jakub Giermaziak, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:53.286, 103.914
30. (11-GTC) Mike Hedlund/Jan Heylen, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:53.425, 103.787
31. (44-GTC) Seth Neiman/Dion von Moltke, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:53.507, 103.712
32. (27-GTC) Patrick Dempsey/Andy Lally, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:53.571, 103.653
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