Blomqvist beat Nasr’s Porsche to put Acura on pole at the 24 Hours of Daytona

Blomqvist beat Nasr’s Porsche to put Acura on pole at the 24 Hours of Daytona


Tom Blomqvist pounced in the final section of the classification and set a best lap in 1min34s031, putting the Acura car in a respectable position on the grid for the 24 Hours of Daytona, 0s083 faster than Felipe Nasr’s Porsche.




Tom Blomqvist will start from the grid in the traditional 24 Hours of Daytona

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It is from Tom Blomqvist sorry place for 24 Hours of Daytonaone of America’s traditional endurance races and which opens the calendar for the 2023 season IMSA. The Englishman of Swedish origin needed just one lap, in the final minutes of the session, to clock 1min34s031 and set Cure he gives Meyer Shank in the honorable position of the main class grid, it is now called GTP.

Pilot – with whom he will share the wheel Helio Castroneves, Colin Brown and Simon Pagenaud – he will have the Brazilian by his side in the front line Philip Nasr, which was at 0s083. lead Porsche he gives PenskeNasr did a flying lap at the end, using 1min34s114, and managed to stop the Acura one-two, pulling away. Ricky Taylor (Wayne Taylor) in third place.

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Meyer Shank Team, well positioned for the 24 Hours of Daytona

Meyer Shank Team, well positioned for the 24 Hours of Daytona

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Qualifying was hampered by bad weather on Daytona International Speedway. In the course of Saturday night, only two cars of the new age GTP he was able to go to the track during the two hours reserved for time. With that, Sunday’s classification (22) had an additional 15 minutes.

A red flag caused by Nick Tandy after hitting the tire barrier, it changed course. The driver had a chance to put the other Porsche in good position, but ended up losing the fastest two laps on record, falling to last on the grid.

Despite this, all competitors went to the track with only one chance to get better laps than those already completed. Nasr put in an impressive lap, but Blomqvist was faster, setting up a good position for Meyer Shank.

Later, the crack of how much from fourth to sixth place: Sébastien Bourdais he was stopped for a good part of the session, but managed a good lap in 1min34s262, finishing second. Ganassi’s mate, Alex Lynnand Pipo Derani the next, split into a third row.

Quartet led by philip eng and which it still has Augustus Farfus looks like the first one BMW of the national grid, in seven. Nick Yellowly put another BMW in eighth place, with two cars Oreca/Gibson closing the top-10.

in the classroom LMP2, Ben Keating he was the one who also benefited from the red flag, caused after the serious accident of john pharaoh at the same stage as the Tandy accident. The PR1/Mathiasen pilot had clocked 1min40s541, passing Francois Heriau for 1s2 and take the temporary pole. The suspension, however, prevented any competitor from having enough time to attempt to beat Keating’s mark.

already inside LMP3, Nico Pino he got a best of 15 minutes of free track to put the #33 of Sean Creech ahead, with 1min43s197. Dakota Dickersonhe gives Andrettihe even beat his personal best at Daytona in the first sector of the track, repeating the victory in the second stage, but lost a crucial tenth in the final section and was 0s110 behind Pino’s time.

in the news GTD Pro and GTD, Philip Ellis took the second win, putting Winward on pole with a personal best time of 1min46s093 — 0s219 faster than Fabian Schiller. fell to Maro Engel fastest time in Pro, 0s7 slower than the time set by Ellis in GTD. of Brazil Daniel Serra was ninth in GTD and 56th overall.

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