Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor set the early pace at the 2.45-mile track, formerly known as Mosport Park, and worked his way down to 1m04.462s in his Acura – over a second under the lap record.
Friday pacesetter Blomqvist then produced a stunning lap of 1m04.394 that was right on the ragged edge in Turn 3, before he then slid right off the track at Moss Corner while trying to improve on his P1 time on the following tour.
“It was an absolute wild ride, I was over my limit, I’m not going to lie,” he admitted. “That session was a case of putting your brain to one side.”
Tristan Vautier (JDC-Miller Motorsports) was the fastest of the Cadillacs but over half a second off the Acuras. Alex Lynn (Chip Ganassi Racing), Olivier Pla (Action Express) and Sebastien Bourdais completed the top six, the latter suffering a spin at Moss.
Jarrett Andretti (Andretti Autosport) and Gar Robinson (Riley Motorsports) dueled over the pole in LMP3, with Andretti taking it by 0.072s. Ari Balogh will start third for Jr III Racing, ahead of Jon Bennett (CORE Autosport).
In the GTD classes, Mathieu Jaminet’s Pfaff Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3R beat the Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F of Frankie Montecalvo to pole position.
Jaminet started off with a lap of 1m15.703s, before a grassy off at the exit of the final corner cost him time on a potentially quicker lap. As Montecalvo reeled off a 1m15.633s to grab P1, Jaminet regrouped and lowered his best time to a class record-breaking 1m15.468s.
Montecalvo was second fastest overall, and first of the non-Pro cars, ahead of Alex Riberas in the Pro class Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage entry. John Edwards was fourth in the Team RLL BMW M4, just pipping Jordan Taylor in the factory Corvette C8.R.
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park - IMSA qualifying results:
Oliver Jarvis |
Ricky Taylor |
Tristan Vautier |
Earl Bamber |
Olivier Pla |
Renger van der Zande |
Jarett Andretti |
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||1'13.102||8.708|
Gar Robinson |
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||1'13.174||8.780|
Ari Balogh |
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||1'13.815||9.421|
Jon Bennett |
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||1'14.056||9.662|
Orey Fidani |
Joao Barbosa |
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||1'15.121||10.727|
Matt Campbell |
|GTD PRO||Porsche 911 GT3 R||1'15.468||11.074|
Frankie Montecalvo |
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||1'15.633||11.239|
Ross Gunn |
|GTD PRO||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||1'15.890||11.496|
Connor de Phillippi |
|GTD PRO||BMW M4 GT3||1'15.899||11.505|
Antonio Garcia |
|GTD PRO||Corvette C8.R GTD||1'15.955||11.561|
Roman De Angelis |
|GTD||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||1'15.975||11.581|
Bryan Sellers |
|GTD||BMW M4 GT3||1'16.004||11.610|
Russell Ward |
|GTD||Mercedes AMG GT3||1'16.039||11.645|
Ben Barnicoat |
|GTD PRO||Lexus RC F GT3||1'16.071||11.677|
Robby Foley |
|GTD||BMW M4 GT3||1'16.156||11.762|
Ryan Eversley |
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'16.250||11.856|
Cooper MacNeil |
|GTD PRO||Mercedes AMG GT3||1'17.071||12.677|
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