WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 30, 2018) – CORE autosport will start from the pole position for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. It is the team’s first pole position in the Prototype category and first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole since 2016.
Driving the No. 54 Composite Resources / Flex-Box ORECA 07 P2, Colin Braun went head-to-head with Paul Di Resta for the Watkins Glen Motul Pole Award. On his second to last lap he bested Di Resta’s time by 0.006-second. Di-Resta was unable to answer and when the checkered flag dropped it was Braun at the top with a 1:32.350 (132.539 mph). The time is also a new lap record at the 3.4-mile road course in upstate New York.
Braun will share the car with Jon Bennett and Romain Dumas in Sunday’s six-hour race. Weather conditions will play a role as temperatures are predicted to exceed 100 degrees.
FS1 will provide live, flag-to-flag coverage of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen starting at 9:30am ET, Sunday, July 1.
Driver: No. 54 ORECA 07 LM P2
“I’m excited to be on the pole. It’s a testament to the work the guys have been doing back at the shop and in testing. We were able to test here with a bunch of other teams in May. We haven’t been able to test at many other tracks besides Daytona and Sebring and those are the two tracks we’ve had good results at. For us, testing helps us about build our notebook, learn what the cars need, how to drive it and work on it. The fact that we were able to test helped us catch up to the teams that have been racing Prototypes here for years.
“Yesterday, with Romain not being here in 10 years, we gave him a lot of laps to get up to speed. This morning, Jon and I split the session and Jon has really good pace. We worked really hard on our race setup. We didn’t do any qualifying simulations, which I think a lot of guys did in the last practice session. We were working on our lap averages and things like that. I feel good about our race car.”