Defending Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix winner CORE autosport scored its second WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge pole of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Colin Braun’s quickest lap was half a second faster than his nearest rival to claim the top spot on the PC grid.
CORE autosport was ready to get to work shaking down its freshly rebuilt No. 54 Flex-Box / Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 after mechanical issues ended its race early at last weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. Mother Nature had other plans for the team with rain slowing both of Friday’s practice sessions.
With little dry track time, Braun got strapped in for qualifying. He went to the top of the timing screens straight away and continued to improve his time, finally settling in with a 1:11.946 (123.0 mph). It is Braun’s fifth-career WeatherTech pole position. He will share the car with teammate Jon Bennett in the race. The pair won last year’s event by more than five seconds.
Weather is forecasted to be rain free for tomorrow’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. The two-hour and 40-minute race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 starting at 11am ET.
“My dad, Jeff Braun, and all these guys do everything they can to get every little bit out of the car. Hats off to our mechanics. They’ve done such a great job getting our car switched over. We had some mechanical issues at Watkins Glen. They pulled out the spare chassis and built that thing up over the short break we had between races. A huge thanks to them and the work they did to be able to switch it out like that. It was pretty impressive. It was really rewarding to be able to come here and put it on the pole for them.”
– COLIN BRAUN