Nicolai Elghanayan took the overall GT4 America Sprint Round 6 pole on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s Grand Prix circuit Friday afternoon. It’s his first pole of the 2019 season.
The 15-minute qualifying session for Saturday’s first of two Pirelli GT4 America Sprint series races was held under sunny skies in cool temperatures, and Long Beach-winner Spencer Pumpelly (No. 66 TRG The Racers Group Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR) wasted no time heading to the top of the charts, reeling off a quick 1m 23.593s.
That early fast lap held until just four minutes remaining when Elghanayan, in the unique No. 71 Marco Polo Motorsports KTM X-bow, jumped to the top with a 1m23.465s, claiming the pole and bumping Pumpelly to second.
Nate Stacy (No. 55 Kohr Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4) qualified third, posting a late-session 1m23.805s, but will start tomorrow’s race from the back due to a technical infraction. Robinson Racing’s Shane Lewis (Chevrolet Camaro GT4) will start third and three-time series champion (and Round 2 winner at Long Beach) Michael Cooper (Blackdog Speed Shop McLaren 570S GT4) fourth.
GT4 America Sprint Pro series driver championship co-leaders Ian James (Team Panoz Avezzano GT4) and Gar Robinson (Robinson Racing Camaro) posted the sixth and 10th fastest times and will start fifth and ninth.
In the very competitive GT4 Am Division, the top five competitors arrived in Canada separated by just 11 points driver’s championship standings. Jarett Andretti, who sits a single point ahead of Matthew Fassnacht (51 to 50), set the fastest lap in the Am class in his No. 18 Andretti Autosport McLaren 570S GT4 with a 1m24.245s and will start seventh overall on the grid.
Fassnacht (No. 53 Mercedes-AMG GT4), coming off impressive back-to-back victories at VIR, will start alongside, eighth on the grid after posting a 1m24.336s.
Drew Staveley, who sits only two points behind Fassnacht, will start just behind him, ninth overall in his Ian Lacy Racing Ford Mustang GT4.
KTM, Porsche, Ford, Mercedes-AMG, Chevrolet, McLaren and Panoz were all represented in the top 10. Series Round 6 is scheduled to start at 9am Saturday.
All Sprint races will be streamed live on gt4-america.com and via audio simulcast on SiriusXM satellite radio Ch. 383 (983 on the app).