OAK Racing skipped the “shakedown phase” for its new No. 42 Ligier JS P2/Honda in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Driving the team’s new car in its first American outing, Alex Brundle took the TOTAL Pole Award in qualifying on Friday for Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas.

The second-generation British driver turned a lap of one minute, 57.809 seconds (103.897 mph) on the twisty 3.40-mile circuit to take his second TOTAL Pole Award of the season, and third for the French team. Brundle won the pole at Watkins Glen International, while co-driver Gustavo Yacaman took TOTAL Pole Award honors at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both in a Nissan-powered Morgan chassis.

“We knew the machine was good – we’ve done enough miles in it (in Europe) – it was a case of bringing it here with a new (Continental) tire and a new motor,” Brundle said. “It all worked out, and it’s a credit for the guys for adopting so quickly with it. I raced a Ligier at Le Mans – but it had a Nissan engine in the back. So I’ve done a few miles in it, but when you change engines, you’ve got to adapt to it again. I’m amazed at how quickly any issues were ironed out.”

The Lone Star Le Mans takes the green flag at 12:35 p.m. ET and will be televised live on FOX Sports 2. A two-hour telecast also will air on FOX network on Sunday around NFL programming. Check local listings.

Yacaman gave OAK Racing its lone North American victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, where he and Olivier Pla led every lap.

“The guys have done an amazing job,” said Yacaman. “This car is just amazing, and there’s a lot more to come from it. The engine has been flawless, and we have been able to adjust a lot of things on it to make it driver friendly.”

Ricky Taylor will start from the outside of the front row, running a lap of 1:58.643 (103.167 mph) in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP he shares with his brother Jordan. Memo Rojas took third in the No. 01 Telcel Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost/Riley co-driven by Scott Pruett, followed by Prototype points leader Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. Fittipaldi co-drives with Joao Barbosa.

Following Saturday’s event, the lone TUDOR Championship event remaining is the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 4.

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