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Multimatic Motorsports nailed the setup on the No. 15 Ford Performance Ford Shelby GT350R-C for Thursday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge qualifying, and Scott Maxwell used his first flying lap to capture the TOTAL Pole Award for Friday’s Sebring 150.

The Canadian driver recorded a lap of 2:16.834 (98.397 mph) to win his 11th career pole, and fourth in the Grand Sport (GS) class over the past two seasons. He will co-drive with Billy Johnson in Round 2 of the 2016 season, which takes the green flag at 12:20 p.m. (live, IMSA.tv). 

“Sebring is probably the hardest track in the series to find a ‘happy place’ on the car,” Maxwell said. “Billy Johnson, myself and the team found a sweet spot for it on sticker tires, but we’ll have to see if that carries out over the two and a half hours tomorrow. The Porsche Cayman GT4s are a lot lighter than our Mustang, and we might struggle some over a long duration with the extra weight we carry.” 

Hugh Plumb qualified second with a lap of 2:17.213 (98.125 mph) in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 911. Taking the second row were Danny Burkett in the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche GT4 Clubsport, and Paul Holton in the No. 76 Compass360 Racing Ford Shelby GT350R-C. The new Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars took the next three positions.