Harry Tincknell took pole position with a 1:10:027 for Mazda Motorsports for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, driving the #55 Mazda RT24-P DPi.
It is the British driver’s first pole position in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.
In a close fought session Filipe Albuquerque, driving the #10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 for Wayne Taylor Racing, setting a time just under a tenth slower than Tincknell’s, on a 1:10:122. The two traded fastest laps and provisional pole position, but ultimately the Portuguese racer couldn’t quite beat the Mazda driver.
In third was the other Acura ARX-05, the #60 Meyer Shank Racing car, with Dane Cameron setting a 1:10:355, and will accordingly start the race from the second row of the grid.
In LMP3, Gar Robinson was the class of the field for Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 VK, achieving pole position with a margin of almost four tenths to Core Autosports Ligier JS P320 VK’s Jon Bennett on a 1:17:632.
Starting the race third in LMP3 will be Andretti Autosports Ligier JS P320 VK, with Jared Andretti just under a tenth behind Bennett.
Meanwhile in GTD, front-engined cars dominated with the top 3 all having their engines in front of the driver.
Aaron Telitz in the #14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 took class pole with a 1:20:529, with second-placed #96 Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 of Robbie Foley just 0.006s behind.
The #28 Alegra Motorsports Mercedes AMG-GT3 will start the race third, with Daniel Morad setting a 1:20:687, a tenth and a half behind pacesetter Telitz.
In the secondary points-paying session for the GTDs, the Porsche drivers showed their experience with first and third.
Patrick Long in the #16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R took first, with Zach Veach in #12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 in second, and Laurens Vanthoor rounding out the top three for points in the #9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R.