Sports cars: Ganassi-Cadillac Van der Zande / Bourdais at a pole in Long Beach

Sports cars: Ganassi-Cadillac Van der Zande / Bourdais at a pole in Long Beach


Sports cars: Ganassi-Cadillac Van der Zande / Bourdais at a pole in Long Beach


Renger van der Zande’s Chip Ganassi Cadillac Tournament with Sébastien Bourdais kicks off

Renger van der Zande and teammate Sébastien Bourdais will start from the best position of the IMSA race at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. In qualifying for the street round, Bourdais ran the 01-Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac with a time of 1: 09.472 minutes and thus placed first on the grid. Alex Lynn, who shares No. 02-CGR Cadillac and Earl Bamber, made it the starting point for the Chip Ganassi Tournament. In GTD-Pro Jordan Taylor graduated at number 3 Corvette on the pole, GTD’s fastest driver was Madison Snow in Paul Miller Racing’s BMW M4. It was extremely hot in Long Beach, with temperatures of 100 degrees Farenheit (37 degrees Celsius), but on the day of the race it is expected to be more pleasant with temperatures of 25 degrees Fahrenheit[25 ° C].

UPD: RLL-BMW, ​​originally second in GTD-Pro, and Turner-BMW, ​​second in GTD, were later found to be exceeding the maximum allowable speed, after which three qualifying rounds were canceled. Thus, RLL-BMW now ranks sixth in GTD-Pro and Turner-BMW ranks eighth in GTD.

Text: René de Boer (Twitter: @renedeboer)
Photo: IMSA

After the Daytona and Sebring races of 24 and 30 minutes respectively, the Long Beach race is the shortest on the IMSA calendar by only 100 minutes, but certainly with the IndyCar race, the event in the port city of California is one. best and most popular on the calendar. Thousands of viewers are expected again this year.

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Renger van der Zande was no doubt very pleased: “Good position, very good! Sébastien is a very good selection: sorry in Sebring and now again. During the free practice we had a lot of work to do, because we did not get it. We had to raise part of front and rear of the car to avoid touching the pavement, because we slipped on the rear. An hour and a half of practice Sébastien is a very fast driver and he shows up again. It’s good to have him as a teammate! Also, I’ve been suffering from my pain for a long time. A few days now my throat, so I looked forward to graduating from the hotel room. I’m ready to compete tomorrow, I’m looking forward to it!

During the Sébastien Bourdais graduation he set a new IMSA record on the Long Beach road cycle, which was also due to a slight change in the track, including the installation of a number of border walls. Behind both CGR Cadillacs, Meyer Shank Racin’s Acura is in third place thanks to Tom Blomqvist, followed by Action Express-Whelen Engineering and JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillacs, with Pipo Derani and Tristan Vautier in charge. .

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Jordan Taylor takes a ‘last minute pole’ for Corvette in GTD-Pro

In GTs, Connor De Phillippi in BMW M RLL Team work was the fastest in the long run, but in the final round of the session, Jordan Taylor dived 0.067 seconds behind De Phillippi’s time to take the best start. race, class. BMW will start from second in GTD-Pro, followed by Pfaff-Porsche owned by Mathieu Jaminet and Heart of Racing-Aston Martin run by Ross Gunn.

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Madison Snow was the fastest in the GTD with Paul Miller Racing BMW

At GTD, they were able to take a pole for BMW thanks to Madison Snow in the Paul Miller Racing M4, while Robbie Foley in Turner-BMW made a full front row for BMW. Behind Vasser Sullivan-Lexus of Jack Hawksworth and Korthoff Motorsports-Mercedes (retired team owner Henry Gilbert, his name disappeared from the team’s official list and Herb Korthoff now has sole control), run by Mike Skeen.