Junqueira Earns Top Spot In PC Qualifying
Five teams passed around the Prototype Challenge (PC) pole like a hot potato in Friday’s qualifying for the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.
Bruno Junqueira managed to hold on, earning the TOTAL Pole Award in RSR Motorsports’ No. 09 ORECA FLM09 with a lap of 1 minute, 54.839 seconds (117.242 mph).
“I had a very good qualifying,” said Junqueira, who earned two PC victories in 2013. “The track was very slippery, but the car behaved very well and I put in a very good lap.”
After several teams took the top spot during the 15-minute session, Junqueira broke out his fastest lap to win the pole by 0.750 seconds.
“I’m surprised I won by such a big margin,” Junqueira said. “This is a big boost to the team morale, and living in Miami, this is my home race. This event has so much history, I’m looking forward to getting a win here that I treasure so much. The story will be different tomorrow, the race is 12 hours and you have to be consistent. Now we will turn the car to race setup tonight so we can last the 12 hours.”
Tom Kimber-Smith qualified second in 8Star Motorsports’ No. 25 entry co-driven by Michael Marsal, Eric Lux and Sean Rayhall, running 1:55.599 (116.472 mph). He was followed by Raphael Matos in the Performance Tech Motorsports No. 38 ORECA FLM09 co-driven by Charlie Shears and David Ostella, running 1:55.603 (116.468 mph).
Daytona winner Colin Braun briefly held the pole twice in the session in the No. 54 CORE autosport entry co-driven by Jon Bennett and James Gue, but settled for fourth with a lap of 1:55.660 (116.410 mph). Fifth was the Starworks Motorsport No. 8, with Renger van der Zande qualifying at 1:56.152 (115.917 mph) in the car co-driven by David Cheng, Sam Bird and Martin Fuentes.