Kevin Estre gives Dallas-based no. 73 Park Place Motorsports its best qualifying position of the season to lead 11 Porsche 911 GT America customer teams.
Detroit. Kevin Estre (France), a former French Porsche Carrera Cup champion, was the fastest Porsche 911 GT America qualifier for tomorrow's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race on the Belle Isle race circuit in Detroit.
Estre, who will co-drive with Patrick Lindsay (Santa Barbara, California) in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports entry, was fastest in the GT Daytona (GTD) class part-way through the session, but was overtaken near the end by an Audi R8 and a Dodge Viper. Still, it was his last lap that proved to be the best as the temporary street course laid out on Detroit's Belle Isle Park improved over the 15-minute qualifying session. Lindsey, in his second year with the Dallas, Texas-based Park Place Porsche representative team, will start the car for the race tomorrow.
Leh Keen (Atlanta), in the No. 23 Alex Job Racing WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT America qualified sixth in the car he will share with Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois). Mario Farnbacher (Germany) in the No. 22 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche, a 911 GT America he will share with Ian James (Phoenix), qualified eighth.
A total of 11 Porsche 911 GT Americas will start tomorrow's 100-minute race. Due to track space restraints, the event will features only two of the Tudor Championship's four regular classes - Prototype (P) and GTD. Therefore, the two-car Porsche North America factory team as well as Team Falken Tire, both of which race the Porsche 911 RSR in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, are not competing. All classes will return for the next round, the Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International, on June 29.
Kevin Estre, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT America: "This was our best qualifying session of the year, but the track did not have good grip at the start of qualifying. We seemed to go better and better with each lap, and, although we might have gone a little faster, we are happy with third place."
Patrick Lindsay, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT America: "It's hard to pass here, so getting track position at the start is imperative. We would like to grab the lead if we could. It's gratifying to see this team showing the speed that we did today, and we will push for a top finish."
Leh Keen, Driver, No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America: "We came off the truck for the first practice and the WeatherTech Porsche was really good. We are doing all of the right things. We have a push in the car, hoping the track would come to us a little bit. Our qualifying effort was solid. We are toward the front of the field which is important at a tight track like this one. Cooper is doing a great job and he will have a strong start to the race tomorrow. The race is a short one; it will be a full sprint."
Where to Watch the Detroit TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Television Race Broadcast: Saturday, May 31, GTD/P Race: 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT on FOX Sports 1
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package: Available at IMSA.com
Live Race Streaming: IMSA.com, FOX Sports GO mobile app
Live Radio Broadcast: Motor Racing Network on IMSA.com, MRN.com, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90)
Live Timing and Scoring: http://scoring.imsa.com/
Sports Car Classic At Belle Isle Qualifying Results:
1. No. 45 Audi R8 LMS, Spencer Pumpelly (USA), 1:32.914
2. No. 33 SRT Viper GT3-R, Jeroen Bleekemolen, 1:33.192
3. No. 73 Porsche 911 GT America, Kevin Estre (France), 1:33.246
6. No. 22 Porsche 911 GT America , Leh Keen (USA), 1:1:33.383
8. No. 23 Porsche 911 GT America, Mario Farnbacher (Germany), 1:33.691
9. No. 58 Porsche 911 GT America, Jan Heylen (USA), 1:33.717
10. No. 30 Porsche 911 GT America, Kuba Giermaziak (Poland), 1:33.897
13. No. 81 Porsche 911 GT America, Damien Faulkner (Ireland), 1:34.118
16. No. 27 Porsche 911 GT America, Andrew Davis (USA), 1:34.577
17. No. 18 Porsche 911 GT America, Sebastian Asch (Germany) - 1:34.873
19. No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America, Andy Lally (USA), 1:1:34.969
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