Dutchman Renger Van Der Zande has taken pole for Wayne Talor Racing for this weekend’s Rolex 24.

 

The DTM driver set the quickest time of 1:36.083 during the dying stages of the prototype qualifying session in what looked to be a tight fight between Mazda and Cadillac, with the top 13 covered by less than a second.

 

Van Der Zande narrowly avoided blowing his opportunity by overshooting the corner at turn five, but the Dutchman kept his foot in to the delight of team boss, Wayne Taylor.

 

“Honestly didn’t think pole would be within our grasp,” said Taylor, “but this team works and works and works to pull out the last tenth. There are those that said that Renger wouldn’t be quick enough. All I have to do is ask Jordan if I think he’s going to be quick, he said he would be, and he was right!”

 

The number 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 of Helio Castroneves missed pole by a mere 0.007, despite being on provisional pole with moments left in the session. Taking third spot on the grid was the Mustang Sampling Racing Action Express Cadilla of Filipe Albuquerque with a 1:36.194.

 

Patricio O’Ward was not only the the quickest of the LMP2 drivers, but put Performance Tech fourth outright with a sizzling 1:36.318.

 

Struggling with set-up on his first outing at Daytona, Fernando Alonso managed 13th in the number 23 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 13th.

 

Jan Magnussen dominated GTLM, with the Corvette stalwart setting a 1:43.223 to take pole in the number 3 Corvette Racing C7.R, ahead of the number 66 Ford of Joey Hand and Laurens Vanthoor in the number 912 Porsche.

 

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