Individual classes of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship took to the track at Road Atlanta one at a time to qualify for Petit Le Mans. As has been typical of the weekend thus far, the track was quite wet.
Despite the track conditions, qualifying for GT Daytona was uneventful. Cameron Lawrence put the #93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R on pole with a time of 1:38.295.
GT Le Mans qualifying was an entirely different story, however. As has been the case all weekend, the #911 and #912 Porsche 911 RSRs for Porsche North America went out, and traded the pole between each other. Bryan Sellers lost control of his #17 Porsche 911 RSR for Team Falken Tire in the esses, causing plenty of damage to the rear of his car, lodging his rear wing in the fence. Earl Bamber was not satisfied in the #912 with a three tenth lead over his teammate Nick Tandy in #911, and pushed too hard in the esses, also tagging the wall with his right rear. Bamber’s incident brought out the red flag, and per IMSA regulations, he lost his fastest lap for causing a red. However, his second fastest lap time was still enough to secure the pole at 1:30.304, still one tenth clear of the #911.
Prototype Challenge came next, and for the first time all weekend, the rain seemed to be abating, and the track dried up a bit. Similar to the GT Daytona session, nothing eventful happened. Tom Kimber-Smith took pole in the #52 for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports with a time of 1:32.378.
The rain came back before the Prototype category took to the track, raining harder than it had all day. Again, though, it abated as cars took the track. The track was wetter than it had been for any other category, however, and only three Prototypes were able to eclipse the GTLM times set by Porsche North America. Richard Westbrook took pole in the #90 VisitFlorida.com Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype with a time of 1:27.860.
For such a long race, though, qualifying is merely a formality. The teams with the best strategy and that can execute their pit stops effectively over the ten hour event will be the ones to sip champagne on the podium.