BOWMANVILLE, CANADA (July 7, 2018) – CORE autosport earned its second-straight IMSA WeatherTech Championship pole position in the Prototype class at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Driver Colin Braun crushed the track record with a pole time of 1:06.315.
Braun topped all three practice sessions at CTMP before earning the Motul Pole Award in the No. 54 Composite Resources / Flex-Box ORECA 07 LM P2. It is Braun’s eighth career pole in the WeatherTech Series, 13th pole when added to his American Le Mans Series qualifying stats.
The ORECA 07 LM P2 has come on strong in recent IMSA rounds as the series returns to traditional road courses. CORE qualified on the pole and finished second in last weekend’s Six Hours of the Glen, behind another ORECA entry.
Tomorrow’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix will be a shorter affair, only two hours and 40 minutes.
The CORE-operated Porsche GT Team also took a pole position at CTMP, with Nick Tandy securing the GTLM pole and setting a new track record in the No. 911 Porsche 911RSR.
The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix will air on FS1 at 4pm ET.
Driver: No. 54 ORECA 07 LM P2
“Our car was strong in the practice sessions and I think this track really suits the ORECA 07 LM P2. We saw that last year with the JDC car as well. We knew Watkins Glen and Mosport were going to be good tracks for us and knew we had to do our jobs and execute well. Hats off to the CORE autosport team for getting our car ready between the events. It’s a great day for the team with Nick [Tandy] on the pole in GTLM; pole position in two classes is a very cool thing.”
“For us, being a brand new team in Prototype, the first three races of the year—Daytona, Sebring and Long Beach—were so different in terms of setup. We’ve been learning a lot now that we’ve been at tracks that are more comparable. We’ve been building our notebooks and learning a lot. The fact that we had a good car at Watkins Glen meant we were able to make some adjustments and make it even better here at Mosport, a similar circuit.”