Looks like England’s Nick Tandy is again Porsche king of the ovals: all those years going round and round in Ministox paying off!
The Tandy/Pilet/Lietz RSR finished Daytona qualifying in P2: leading 911 and just seven one-hundredths of a second behind Marc Goosens in the SRT Viper.
Top GTD Porsche was a P9 in class for Supercup regular, Norbert Siedler, less than half a second off the Audi R8 of Christopher Haase. Good result for Norbert – well up on the rest!
Nick Tandy’s first Daytona as a Porsche works driver last year ended in a Daytona GT-class pole. Starting behind a Viper isn’t such a bad place to be: just grab it by the neck and twist. For 24 hours.
I told you these boys were fast. Borrowed the timing screen shots from LiveScoring.us. Great service from their site: go there.
Post-Qualifying Daytona Porsche Quotes
Hartmut Kristen, Porsche Head of Motorsport: “The GTLM class qualifying result underlines just how close the competition is in this category. Only seven-hundredths of a second separate the first and second spot. That’s pretty intense and it promises an action-packed, tough race right to the flag. Teams and drivers can’t afford to make the slightest mistake and the technology needs to work perfectly so that the cars are completely operational for the final one or two hours. I’m very pleased with the qualifying.”
Nick Tandy (#911): “We’ll start the race on the Michelin rubber that we used in qualifying, so we had to be careful not to overtax the tyres today. That wasn’t easy, because with the cool weather they took relatively long to reach the right temperature. So we had to find a good compromise. The car ran well and this qualifying was a great start into the new season. I’m happy.”