Two drivers made series firsts tonight in Tudor United SportsCar qualifying at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park* today. Ricky Taylor became the first repeat pole winner in P2 of 2015, and Nick Tandy was the first repeat pole sitter in the series’ history in GTLM.
Granted, that’s not too hard to pull off, given that the series is only two years old, but it’s clearly been a fun ride in GTLM if it’s taken two years to get a repeat pole sitter.
Tandy told Porsche how he pulled off the coveted pole in the number 911 Porsche 911 RSR:
It’s great to stand at the very front of the grid again. We waited a bit so that our opponents could go out first and leave some rubber on the track. This strategy worked. At the end we were ahead by a tiny margin, just two-hundredths of a second. The Mosport race is the shortest of the season and the circuit doesn’t offer many chances to overtake. With this in mind, it’s definitely the most important pole position of the year.
The first five cars in GTLM were separated by less than half of a second. Tomorrow’s race should be sweet, delicious insanity.
Ricky Taylor may have only claimed the first repeat pole position of the year in the number 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Daytona Prototype, but it was still enough to make him make funny faces like the other Taylor on the team:
“Qualifying has been real competitive this year,” said Ricky Taylor in the team’s post-qualifying recap. “I hadn’t heard that there had not been a repeat pole winner so far this season until this weekend. That definitely made me want to be the first one, especially coming off a bad result at Watkins Glen.”
According to IMSA, Tandy’s qualifying time set a track record as well. His 1:12.667 lap time is a new GTLM class record for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
You go on with your repeat pole-winning self, Ricky Taylor. You go on and make more silly faces. The Internet demands it.
The top cars in P2 aren’t as close in time as the GTLM pack, but only 0.159 seconds separate Ricky’s pole position lap time from the Action Express Daytona Prototype that will start in second place.
James French captured his second PC class pole position in a row in the number 38 Performance Tech Motorsports car. Full qualifying results can be found here.
*It’s Mosport, dang it—everyone just calls it Mosport.
Photo credit: Porsche
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