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Two races after becoming the first repeat pole winner in the history of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, Nick Tandy became the first three-time pole winner in qualifying for Sunday’s Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway.
Tandy clocked a track-record lap of 1:42.532 (114.813 mph) to capture the pole and give the Porsche North America team a sweep of the front row for Round 10 of the TUDOR Championship. Tandy will co-drive the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR with Patrick Pilet. Joerg Bergmeister qualified second with a lap of 1:42.629 (114.704 mph) in the team’s No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR he shares with Earl Bamber.
Both Tandy and Bamber will be going for their second overall victory of the 2015 season on Sunday. As teammates in June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the duo took the overall victory in the Porsche 919 Hybrid LM P1 machine alongside Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg.
“Clearly we’re on a good run, but honestly, I think a lot of today came down to track temperature. That sounds stupid, but we’ve learned this weekend it makes a huge difference.” said a very happy Tandy. “When you look at the practice this morning we were really fighting with the cars, but in the light of the afternoon when the track is a lot hotter, we were right above the competition.”
Pierre Kaffer – who was fastest in both of Friday’s practice sessions – qualified third in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia with a lap of 1:43.122 (114.156 mph). Kaffer and co-driver Giancarlo Fisichella are the defending winners of the event, with Fisichella capturing the 2014 race on a last-lap pass.