Bamber qualifies 6th; Porsche on pole in Canada

Two weeks after the double victory at Watkins Glen, Porsche has again secured a good starting position for Sunday’s race in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In the qualifying session for round six of the United SportsCar Championship on the former Mosport International Raceway close to Toronto, Porsche works driver Nick Tandy (Great Britain) claimed the GTLM-class pole position in the Porsche 911 RSR with the starting number 911. The Le Mans winner, who shares the cockpit of the 911 RSR fielded by Porsche North America with Patrick Pilet (France), is the first GT driver since the championship was inaugurated in 2014 to take up a race for the second time from pole position. The last time he turned the fastest qualifying lap in the GT field was in October 2014 at Road Atlanta. For Porsche, this marks the second pole position of the season after Sebring.

In the fiercely-contested qualifying, the first five cars were separated by less than half a second. Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Le Mans winner Earl Bamber (New Zealand) occupied the sixth grid spot in the sister 911 RSR of Porsche North America. Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (USA), who drove to victory at Watkins Glen for the Falken Tire customer team, take up Sunday’s race from the fourth row of the GT grid on the eighth spot.

Qualifying result
GTLM class
1. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:14.829 minutes
2. Auberlen/Werner (USA/D), BMW Z4 GTE, + 0.028 seconds
3. Edwards/Luhr (USA/D), BMW Z4 GTE, + 0.127
4. Kaffer/Fisichella (D/I), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.314
5. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.496
6. Bamber/Bergmeister (NZ/D), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.557
8. Henzler/Sellers (D/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.715

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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