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Road America IMSA: Albuquerque on pole for Acura, Bourdais crashes hard

Albuquerque (Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05) set 1m49.303s and improved to 1m48.955s. It just felt amazing, he said of his pole-winning lap.

Alex Lynn responded with 1m49.097s in his Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac, that was good for the exterior of leading row. Tom Blomqvist (Meyer Shank Racing Acura) took third with 1m49.984s, but his late-running strategy was compromised by way of a red flag.

With two minutes to go, Sebastien Bourdais dropped his #01 CGR Caddy at the ultimate corner and ploughed through the gravel at high speed and in to the tire wall. He was unhurt but begins last in class.

Richard Westbrook qualified fourth in JDC-Millers Cadillac, before Oliver Plas Action Express version.

Steven Thomas,who includes a new partner this weekend, as Tristan Nunez replaces Jonathan Bomarito, set pole in LMP2 for PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, a tenth free from the sister car of Patrick Kelly.

Malthe Jakobsen took LMP3 pole for Sean Creech Motorsport, almost three quarters of another free from Jarett Andretti (Andretti Autosport).

#14 VasserSullivan Lexus RC F GT3: Jack Hawksworth, Ben Barnicoat

#14 VasserSullivan Lexus RC F GT3: Jack Hawksworth, Ben Barnicoat

Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Lexus wins GTD pole after Porsche battle

In GTD, pole switched hands many times between multiple manufacturers through the entire session.

Frankie Montecalvo (VasserSullivan Lexus RC F) set the first pace to be shot at, setting a laptime of 2m05.334s. Antonio Garcia took provisional pole away in his Chevrolet Corvette C8.R with 2m05.930s, then trimmed that right down to 2m05.829s.

Robby Foley put BMW in to the mix, with 2m06.084s in the Turner Motorsports M4, while Montecalvo improved to 2m06.224s.

However in the closing moments, Pfaff Porsches Matt Campbell grabbed P1 with 2m05.618s before Hawksworth snatched it with 2m05.365s in the Pro-class VasserSullivan Lexus, topping the session by way of a quarter of another.

Campbell tried one last desperate attempt, and was 0.3sec quicker than pole time through sector 2, but spun at the ultimate corner, and may have damaged the Michelins with which he’ll need to start the race.

There is also an enormous moment for Alex Riberass Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage, who took a wild ride over the grass at the exit of The Kink.

Garcia begins third, ending the session almost half of a second back, before non-Pros Foley and Montecalvo.

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