Landy, Boehm Take First Continental Tire Challenge Poles For Aston Martin, Honda
Friday, August 26, 2016

One day after landing a ride with Automatic Racing for his first career race in the Grand Sport (GS) class, Sebastian Landy captured his first career TOTAL Pole Award in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge qualifying for Saturday’s Oak Tree Grand Prix. Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, ran a track record lap of 1:56.929 (100.6 mph) in the No. 99 Invisible Glass/Rogue Engineering/Melbourne BMW/Red Glare Records Aston Martin Vantage co-driven by Rob Ecklin.

“I’ve always wanted to race in GS, and it’s a great day to start on the pole for my first race,” said Landy, a five-time Gold Cup race winner in 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competition. “I’d like to thank Automatic Racing for getting me a great car.”

Danny Burkett – a two-time pole winner this season – qualified second with a lap of 1:57.283 (100.3 mph) in the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing ONE Capital Management/MotorOilMatters.org Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Scott Maxwell qualified third, running 1:57.473 in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C. Maxwell and Billy Johnson enter the event with a 23-point lead over Burkett and Marc Miller, 228-205.

Kevin Boehm captured his first career TOTAL Pole Award in Street Tuner (ST), running a track-record lap of 2:04.660 (94.4 mph) in the No. 92 HART Honda Civic Si co-driven by Cameron Lawrence. It was Honda’s first pole in the series since Road Atlanta in 2014.

“This is the track where I grew up driving, so it feels awesome,” Boehm said. “I grew up only three hours for me, so VIR is very special for me. I came here with high hopes, so it feels great to put it all together. The team gave me a great car, so it was up to me to hit my marks and making it happen.”

Chad Gilsinger will round off an all-HART front row in the No. 93 HART Honda with a lap of 2:04.807 (94.3 mph). Virginia driver James Clay originally qualified second in the No. 84 BimmerWorld OPTIMA Batteries BMW 328i, but the car’s times were disallowed for exceeding maximum negative camber. 

View full results via Al Kamel Systems at Results.IMSA.com

NOTEBOOK

  • Alara Racing rebuilt the No. 34 Mazda RX-5 after Christian Szymczak was involved in a Turn 1 incident during Thursday’s promoter’s test day. Slamming into a tire barrier, nearly every piece of bodywork on the car was damaged, along with a crushed windshield. “But it had only minor structural damage,” explained Szymczak, who was second fastest in ST practice. “We had four guys each working nine hours to get it back together. It might look like the ‘Blues Brothers Mobile,’ but it handles good.”
  • Saturday’s schedule includes WeatherTech Championship qualifying at 11:55 a.m. ET., followed by Round 8 of the Continental Tire SportsCar Championship at 1:55 p.m. Final WeatherTech Championship practice begins at 8 a.m. Activities also include races for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo at 10:45 a.m., and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at 5:10 p.m.

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