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Vilander puts Risi on Pole

It’s Ferrari at the front at Mazda Raceway Laguna with Risi Competizione capturing its first pole in three years at the hands of Toni Vilander in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE.

Vilander and teammate Giancarlo Fisichella will roll off P1 after Vilander set the fastest IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championships GTLM class time of the weekend, a 1:21.914. Vilander is the only GTLM driver to turn a lap in the 1:21 bracket thus far at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“My race engineer said drive as fast as you can!” Vilander said.

“Today is a great result from teamwork, never giving up.

“This car was prepared for Le Mans, unfortunately. But we have what we have and this car is showing the pace.”

Starting alongside the No. 62 is the No. 66 Ford GT of Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand.

Hand and Muller beat the No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM of John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk by just 0.021 of a second. In turn, Edwards, who qualified the car, just bested teammate Alexander Sims by the absolutely minuscule margin of 0.001.

All told, only 0.264 of a second separated the top four cars in the qualifying session.

Fifth place on the grid went to Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook in the No. 67 Ford GT, ahead of the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet and Dirk Wener.

Championship leaders Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia will roll off seventh on the grid in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R, with teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner ninth in the No. 4.

The No. 912 Porsche splits the Corvettes, slotting in eighth for Laurens Vantoor and Gimmi Bruni.

The Taylors continued their fast form on the weekend, taking pole in Prototype and Madison Snow and took the pole position for Paul Miller Racing in GTD.

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