Dean Martin and Connor Bloum took the top spot in qualifying in their respective classes for the BMW Endurance Challenge at Dayonta, the kick-off event for the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season.
Martin’s time of 1:55.754 in his Kohr Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 was fast enough to cement the result by 0.034 over Scott Maxwell in the rival Multimatic Motorsports Mustang. The two Ford were over a half second faster than Matt Plumb’s C360R McLaren 570S. RS1’s Dylan Murcott followed in third in his Porsche Cayman GT4 MR while Matthew Keegan completed the top five in his McLaren.
Martin’s Grand Sport pole position was not easily gained, however. The Kohr Motorsports entry was a late addition to the field as the team didn’t receive the car until eight days before the event. Another issue required repairs to the car clear up until the start of qualifying, which started with a pit lane speed violation and penalty for Martin.
Meanwhile in the Street Tuner category, Bloum ran a relatively uneventful session on his way to a class pole. In his first career qualifying session, Bloum piloted his Porsche Cayman nearly a half second ahead of C360R’s Pierre Kleinubing in the Audi S3.
Completing the ST top five was Derek Jones’ JCW MINI, Jeff Mosing’s Cayman, and Sarah Cattaneo’s Nissan Altima.
Tomorrow’s BMW Endurance Challenge starts at 12:15 PM Eastern, and marks the first in the series’ history for four-hour endurance events.