Graf and Bomarito lead the way at Mosport

Graf and Bomarito lead the way at Mosport

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Graf and Bomarito lead the way at Mosport

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Klaus Graf and Muscle Milk Pickett Racing took their second straight American Le Mans Series pole while SRT Viper driver Jonathan Bomarito topped GT.

Graf set the fastest overall time with a lap of 1m05.871s, beating LMP2 front-runner Level 5, as ALMS debutant Mike Conway showed his class while standing in for Ryan Briscoe.

“You want to stay sharp, especially at this track,” said Graf, who acknowledges his team is the favorite this weekend. “We just want to make sure we do what we always do.” 

Marino Franchitti claimed third in the sister car while Dyson Racing starts Sunday’s race from fourth as Tony Burgess — who joins Chris McMurry in a reshuffled driver lineup for the next three events — set a time of 1m09.564s.

Johannes van Overbeek set the third fastest lap in the LMP2 class to start fifth overall, ahead of the DeltaWing experimental prototype.

Colin Braun got down to business early in the LMPC segment of qualifying and reeled off a succession of quick laps, culminating in a session fastest time of 1m10.441s. The CORE driver was demoted to second in class, however, after Mike Gausch crashed heavily at Turn 3 shortly before the 10-minute mark and brought out the red flags.

Gausch had been sitting at the bottom of the timesheets when the incident occurred, but due to the session not meeting the required running time, he now starts the race at the front of the class with the order being set by current championship positions.

Bruno Junqueira’s on-the-road third place for RSR still remains.

SRT VIPER TAKES ITS SECOND GT POLE, FIRST FOR BOMARITO

SRT Motorsports got an impressive qualifying effort from Jonathan Bomarito, who scored his first career GT pole in the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R. Bomarito’s lap of 1:15.462 (117.309 mph) was 0.139 second ahead of Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen. Magnussen qualified second in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6 ZR1 he shares with Antonio Garcia with a lap of 1:15.601, while Marc Goossens rounded out the top three in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R at 1:15.635.
 
“The track is WOW you know it just takes your breath away in numerous corners,” said Bomarito, who is making his first appearance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend. “I don’t know that I took more than one or two breaths that whole lap. From Turn 2 to Turn 3 to Turn 4, it has awesome flow. It’s just a really, really knife-edge of a track. You have to be spot on, really work on balancing the car and just trusting the grip levels because it’s really, really fast.”

Bomarito’s fast lap was set moments before Magnussen crashed heavily into the Turn 3 tire wall to bring out the red flag. The Corvette driver managed to extract himself from the vehicle under his own steam.

Jeroen Bleekemolen clinched GTC pole for Alex Job Racing after trading quickest lap times with NGT Motorsport’s Sean Edwards through the majority of the session.

The Dutchman emerged victorious with a time of 1m21.310s, with Edwards 0.2sec adrift and Spencer Pumpelly rounding off the top three. 

1.  (6-P1) Lucas Luhr-Klaus Graf, HPD ARX-03c, 134.390 mph
2.  (16-P1) Tony Burgess-Chris McMurry, Lola B12-60 Mazda, 127.255
3.  (0-P1) Andy Meyrick-Katherine Legge, DeltaWing LM12 Elan, 125.511
4.  (552-P2) Scott Tucker-Mike Conway, HPD ARX-03b, 128.697
5.  (551-P2) Marino Franchitti-Scott Tucker, HPD ARX-03b, 128.238
6.  (02-P2) Ed Brown-Johannes van Overbeek, HPD ARX-03b, 126.934
7.  (01-P2) Scott Sharp-Guy Cosmo, HPD ARX-03b, 124.946
8.  (52-PC) Mike Guasch-David Cheng-Dane Cameron, ORECA FLM09, NT
9.  (05-PC) Jonathan Bennett-Colin Braun, ORECA FLM09, NT
10.  (9-PC) Duncan Ende-Bruno Junqueira, ORECA FLM09, NT
11.  (18-PC) Charlie Shears-Tristan Nunez, ORECA FLM09, NT
12.  (8-PC) Chris Cumming-Kyle Marcelli, ORECA FLM09, NT
13.  (7-PC) Tomy Drissi-Rusty Mitchell, ORECA FLM09, NT
14.  (81-PC) Mirco Schultis-Renger van der Zande, ORECA FLM09, NT
15.  (93-GT) Kuno Wittmer-Jonathan Bomarito, GTS-R Viper, 117.309
16.  (3-GT) Jan Magnussen-Antonio Garcia, Chevrolet Corvette, 117.094
17.  (91-GT) Dominik Farnbacher-Marc Goossens, GTS-R Viper, 117.041
18.  (56-GT) John Edwards-Dirk Mueller, BMW Z4, 116.984
19.  (55-GT) Maxime Martin-Bill Auberlen, BMW Z4, 116.900
20.  (4-GT) Tommy Milner-Oliver Gavin, Chevrolet Corvette, 116.352
21.  (06-GT) Tom Kimber-Smith-Patrick Long, Porsche 911, 115.858
22.  (48-GT) Bryce Miller-Marco Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 115.371
23.  (17-GT) Bryan Sellers-Wolf Henzler, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 115.002
24.  (23-GT) Bill Sweedler-Townsend Bell, Ferrari F458 Italia, 114.908
25.  (22-GTC) Cooper MacNeil-Jeroen Bleekemolen, Porsche 911, 108.872
26.  (30-GTC) Henrique Cisneros-Sean Edwards, Porsche 911, 108.565
27.  (45-GTC) Nelson Canache Jr.-Spencer Pumpelly, Porsche 911, 108.056
28.  (27-GTC) Patrick Dempsey-Andy Lally, Porsche 911, 108.048
29.  (44-GTC) Dion von Moltke-Seth Neiman, Porsche 911, 107.927
30.  (66-GTC) Ben Keating-Damien Faulkner, Porsche 911, 107.717
31.  (68-GTC) Alex Popow-Ryan Dalziel, Porsche 911, 107.197
32.  (11-GTC) Mike Hedlund-Jan Heylen, Porsche 911, 106.803
 
NOTE: PC class order set by class point standings, as qualifying session was halted due to incident.

 

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