Rolex 24: Jarvis and Mazda beat Acuras to pole

David Malsher

Prototype

Jarvis turned three sub-1min34sec laps to eventually set a 1min33.685sec which was fast enough to eclipse teammate Jonathan Bomarito in the #55 Mazda by half a second.

But in the waning minutes, Acura Team Penske showed its hand, with Taylor and Juan Pablo Montoya filling that gap, the former whittling down to a 1min33.873sec lap, and JPM coming up a further 0.222sec short.

Bomarito retained fourth, while reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Prototype champion Felipe Nasr produced a 1m34.433s to top the Cadillac DPi-V.R. contingent in the #31 Action Express Racing car.

Jordan Taylor in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy was precisely 0.2sec faster than the similar car of Juncos Racing in the hands of impressive IMSA debutant Agustin Canapino.

Action Express Racing’s defending Rolex 24-winning car suffered a brake fire in the hands of Filipe Albuquerque and will start from the back of the DPi field.

James Allen took LMP2 pole by over half a second for DragonSpeed ahead of Gabriel Aubry in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, the pair both qualifying ahead of Jon Bennett’s CORE autosport Nissan DPi.

GT Le Mans

Nick Tandy grabbed pole for Porsche by over 0.3sec as four different brands filled the top four places in the category.

The #911 911 RSR eclipsed the best effort of reigning IMSA GTLM champion Jan Magnussen of Corvette Racing by 0.326sec, while Ryan Briscoe in the #67 Ford GT, Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 driven by Davide Rigon and Earl Bamber in the #912 Porsche were mere hundredths apart in second through fifth.

Joey Hand was sixth in the second Ford ahead of both BMW M8s and the Corvette of 2016 Rolex 24 winner Oliver Gavin.

GT Daytona

Marcos Gomes put Via Italia’s Ferrari 488 on pole by a mere 0.067sec as the top four Silver and Bronze drivers battled hard for pre-eminence, each one split by less than one tenth of a second.

Ben Keating was second best in the Mercedes AMG GT run by Riley Motorsports, just ahead of Trent Hindman in the #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX, and Giacomo Altoe in Ebimotors’ Lamborghini Huracan.

Over half a second off the pace was the Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini of Rolf Ineichen, the Spirit of Race Ferrari of Mathias Lauda, and Spencer Pumpelly’s Magnus Racing Lambo completing the top seven.

The top two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs of Lars Kern (Pfaff Motorsports) and Patrick Lindsey (Park Place Motorsports) were split by Corey Lewis in the Huracan of GTD champions Paul Miller Racing.

Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Qualifying:

Pos. # Drivers Class Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 77 United Kingdom Tristan Nunez DPi Mazda DPi 5 1'33.685  
2 7 United States Ricky Taylor DPi Acura DPi 4 1'33.873 0.188
3 6 Colombia Dane Cameron DPi Acura DPi 6 1'34.095 0.410
4 55 United Kingdom Jonathan Bomarito DPi Mazda DPi 4 1'34.212 0.527
5 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr DPi Cadillac DPi 5 1'34.433 0.748
6 10 Spain Renger van der Zande DPi Cadillac DPi 5 1'34.479 0.794
7 50 United States Agustin Canapino DPi Cadillac DPi 8 1'34.679 0.994
8 85 Brazil Devlin DeFrancesco DPi Cadillac DPi 8 1'35.369 1.684
9 84 Switzerland Stephen Simpson DPi Cadillac DPi 8 1'35.442 1.757
10 81 France James Allen LMP2 ORECA LMP2 9 1'35.904 2.219
11 52 United States Gabriel Aubry LMP2 ORECA LMP2 8 1'36.427 2.742
12 54 France Colin Braun DPi Nissan DPi 8 1'36.686 3.001
13 18 Venezuela Ryan Cullen LMP2 ORECA LMP2 9 1'37.377 3.692
14 38 United States Robert Masson LMP2 ORECA LMP2 8 1'38.121 4.436
15 911 United Kingdom Frédéric Makowiecki GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 7 1'42.257 8.572
16 3 Denmark Mike Rockenfeller GTLM Corvette C7.R 8 1'42.583 8.898
17 67 Australia Richard Westbrook GTLM Ford GT 7 1'42.634 8.949
18 62 United Kingdom Miguel Molina GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 6 1'42.712 9.027
19 912 New Zealand Mathieu Jaminet GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 8 1'42.796 9.111
20 66 France Dirk Muller GTLM Ford GT 6 1'42.920 9.235
21 24 United States Alex Zanardi GTLM BMW M8 GTE 5 1'42.953 9.268
22 25 United States Colton Herta GTLM BMW M8 GTE 5 1'42.986 9.301
23 4 Switzerland Tommy Milner GTLM Corvette C7.R 8 1'43.239 9.554
24 13 Italy Marcos Gomes GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 7 1'45.257 11.572
25 33 Netherlands Felipe Fraga GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 4 1'45.324 11.639
26 86 United States Trent Hindman GTD Acura NSX GT3 6 1'45.396 11.711
27 46 Italy Giacomo Altoè GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1'45.475 11.790
28 11 Switzerland Christian Engelhart GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 6 1'45.816 12.131
29 51 Portugal Daniel Serra GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 8 1'45.852 12.167
30 44 United States John Potter GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1'45.855 12.170
31 9 Canada Zacharie Robichon GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 6 1'45.945 12.260
32 48 United States Ryan Hardwick GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1'46.040 12.355
33 73 United States Matt Campbell GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 7 1'46.103 12.418
34 57 Switzerland Ana Figueiredo GTD Acura NSX GT3 7 1'46.116 12.431
35 14 United States Nick Cassidy GTD Lexus RC F GT3 6 1'46.214 12.529
36 540 Germany Matteo Cairoli GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 5 1'46.231 12.546
37 12 United States Aaron Telitz GTD Lexus RC F GT3 6 1'46.270 12.585
38 29 Canada Richard Feller GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 6 1'46.309 12.624
39 63 Finland Jeff Westphal GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 7 1'46.321 12.636
40 99 Austria Steffen Goerig GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 7 1'46.669 12.984
41 8 United Kingdom Chris Haase GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 7 1'46.710 13.025
42 19 Germany Alex Riberas GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 8 1'46.781 13.096
43 88 United Kingdom Roman DeAngelis GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 8 1'47.368 13.683
44 71 Germany JC Perez GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 7 1'47.447 13.762
45 47 United States Linus Lundqvist GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 8 1'47.809 14.124
46 5 Brazil Joao Barbosa DPi Cadillac DPi      
47 96 United States Dillon Machavern GTD BMW M6 GT3 5