All eyes onto todays IMSA Wethertech Sportscar Championship's Qualifying race

Sunday, January 23, 2022


The ‘least busy’ track day today at Daytona International Speedway as the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship Roar before the 24 Official Test comes to another natural conclusion this afternoon as the Michelin Pilot Challenge runners have their fifth and final Free Practice session of the weekend but as the IMSA runners face their first race of the season.

A daytime and then a night-time Free Practice session yesterday, punctuated only by the Qualifying for today’s Qualifying Race with three out of the four Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTD teams moving up the timing screen during those sessions for the #98 Northwest AMR car of Paul Dalla Lana, Nicki Thiim, Charlie Eastwood and David Pittard show their pace in some horrible wet/dry conditions in the afternoon with some more competitive lap times during the latter night-time session.

The consistent pace of the #44 Magnus Racing Aston Martin also had them in the top five again but the #27 Heart of Racing GTD car of Roman de Angelis, Darren Turner, Ian James and Tom Gamble again looked off the pace again compared to their stable mates.

During Qualifying, it was nearly into the record books for the #23 Heart of Racing AMR as Ross Gunn momentarily held the top slot going into the final lap of the session in the all new GTD Pro Class but ultimately had to settle for a second row start in class for later today.

Issues continued to blight the #27 car during Qualifying as De Angelis was unable to post a lap time due to a wheel issue on his out lap.

Therefore, for the race, (that should start at about 20.00hrs GMT) the #23 GTD Pro car of Gunn, Maxime Martin and Alex Riberas should be starting P4 in GTD Pro, the #44 Magnus car of John Potter, Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and Jonny Adam in P9 in GTD with the #98 P15 and the #27 in P18 in class respectively.

Guess the IMSA 2022 starts today!!

Good luck to them all

Photo credits - Teams
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