A surprise pole winner highlighted the GTS SprintX qualifying session Saturday at Lime Rock Park when Am driver Nicolai Elghanayan drove his No. 71 MarcoPolo Motorsports KTM X-Bow to the top position in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Lime Rock powered by M.
Elghanayan led all of the Am class drivers in time trials with a best lap of 54.407 seconds at an average speed of 97.53 miles per hour to start on the pole for Monday’s first of two 60-minute GTS SprintX events.
Second in the 32-car field was three-time GTSA race winner Drew Staveley in the No. 12 Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta G55 with 54.497 seconds (97.37mph) followed by Germany’s Moritz Kranz in the No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR at 54.582 (97.21 mph).
Rounding out the top five in GTS SprintX qualifying was young Patrick Gallagher in the No. 55 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 at 54.675 (97.05 m.p.h.) and Randy Mueller in the No. 3 Epic Motorsports BMW M4 GT4 at 54.856 (96.73 mph).
Matt Travis was sixth in the NOLASport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR followed by veteran Mike Hedlund in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports/Opti-Coat Audi R8 LMS GT4, Matt Keegan in the No. 50 Team Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano GT, 18-year-old Harry Gottsacker in the No. 69 Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 and Bryce Ward in the No. 33 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4.
The GTS SprintX events on Monday at Lime Rock Park will begin at 9.55 a.m. ET for Race 1 and 2:25 p.m. ET for Race 2.