The pair of Porsche 911 RSR-19s looked tough to beat in practice in the GT Le Mans class earlier on Friday, but in qualifying they went way beyond that.
Makowiecki in the #911 car he shares with Nick Tandy delivered a 1min40.389sec lap that put him just 0.130sec ahead of teammate Laurens Vanthoor, but 0.706sec ahead of third fastest car, the BMW M8 GTE driven heroically by Connor de Phillippi.
De Phillippi left it until his final flyer to beat the two Corvette C8.Rs of Jordan Taylor and Oliver Gavin who were separated by 0.4sec, while John Edwards was sixth in the second BMW.
Corey Fergus grabbed GT Daytona pole by just 0.074sec in Compass Racing’s McLaren 720S GT3, edging another strong qualifying performance from Turner Motorsports’ Robby Foley in the BMW M6 GT3.
Recent class dominators AIM Vasser Sullivan saw Franke Montecalvo and Aaron Telitz slot into third and sixth places in their Lexus RC F GT3s, separated by Matt McMurry in Meyer Shank Racing’s #86 Acura NSX GT3 and Madison Snow piloting the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan. This top six, featuring five different marques, was covered by by less than 0.3sec.
Cooper MacNeil slotted his WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 into eighth, just behind the second MSR Acura driven by Misha Goikhberg.
|1||911||Frédéric Makowiecki||GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR - 19||1'40.389|
|2||912||Laurens Vanthoor||GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR - 19||1'40.519||0.130|
|3||25||Connor de Phillippi||GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||1'41.095||0.706|
|4||3||Jordan Taylor||GTLM||Corvette C8.R||1'41.228||0.839|
|5||4||Tommy Milner||GTLM||Corvette C8.R||1'41.662||1.273|
|6||24||John Edwards||GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||1'41.716||1.327|
|7||76||Paul Holton||GTD||McLaren 720S GT3||1'45.236||4.847|
|8||96||Bill Auberlen||GTD||BMW M6 GT3||1'45.310||4.921|
|9||12||Townsend Bell||GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||1'45.397||5.008|
|10||86||Matt McMurry||GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'45.434||5.045|
|11||48||Bryan Sellers||GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||1'45.453||5.064|
|12||14||Aaron Telitz||GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||1'45.524||5.135|
|13||63||Toni Vilander||GTD||Ferrari 488 GT3||1'45.565||5.176|
|14||57||Mikhail Goikhberg||GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'45.570||5.181|
|15||22||Marc Miller||GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'46.196||5.807|
|16||23||Ian James||GTD||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||1'46.391||6.002|
|17||74||Lawson Aschenbach||GTD||Mercedes-AMG GT3||1'46.391||6.002|
|18||16||Patrick Long||GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R||1'46.459||6.070|
|19||30||Spencer Pumpelly||GTD||Audi R8 LMS GT3||1'46.726||6.337|
|20||44||John Potter||GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||1'48.186||7.797|
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