Bleekemolen Takes TOTAL Pole Award In GTD For Viper’s Final Race
Friday, September 30, 2016

When it comes to qualifying, Jeroen Bleekemolen saved the best for last, as the driver from the Netherlands gave the GTD TOTAL Pole Award to both himself and Riley Motorsports for the final race of the year.

Bleekemolen posted a record-breaking lap of 1:21.305 (112.4 mph) in the No. 33 Riley Motorsports ViperExchange.com / Cruising with the Monkey Dodge Viper GT3-R he will share with co-drivers Ben Keating and Marc Miller.

“It was good to give the Viper a great farewell in its last qualifying session for an international sports car race,” Bleekemolen said. “It wasn’t the toughest qualifying I’ve done. The car was great. I just kept

pushing on the car. I pulled out a good lap and now we can focus on tomorrow’s race.”  

Bleekemolen and Keating enter the finale second in the standings and mathematically eligible for the title. Scuderia Corsa’s Christina Nielsen and Alessando Balzan hold a 32-point lead over the Viper drivers (299-267), and clinch the championship when Nielsen drives the required three hours necessary to score points. Nielsen qualified fourth in the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3.

Porsches took the next two positions. Matt McMurry will start second after a lap of 1:21.765 (111.8 mph) in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R co-driven by Joerg Bergmeister and 2015 Petit Le Mans GTD winner Patrick Lindsey. Mario Farnbacher will start third, with a lap of 1:21.898 (111.6 mph) in the No. 23 Alex Job Racing/Team Seattle Porsche co-driver by Alex Riberas and Ian James.

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

NOTEBOOK

  • In GTD, the eight fastest qualifiers were all under James Davison’s track record of 1:22.254 (111.2 mph), set in 2014.
  • Sunday’s on-track activities begin with a 20-minute warm-up at 8:40 a.m. ET. Petit Le Mans will be streamed live from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports Go with FS1 authentication. Live television coverage begins from 11 a.m.- noon ET on FS1, resuming from 2:30-6 p.m. on FS2. There will be a three-hour highlight program on FS1 on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. ET.

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