Running is second position as he was about to begin his final lap in the Prototype Challenge (PC) session, Johnny Mowlem dug deep and put in a lap of 1:42.318. That was good enough to take the TOTAL Pole Award in the #16 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA FLM09 he co-drives with Tom Papadopoulos, Tomy Drissi, Brian Alder and Martin Plowman.
“On my last lap, I left nothing on the table,” said Mowlem, winning his first TUDOR Championship pole and third of his career in North America. “John Travis – my engineer – said ‘Keep pushing, keep pushing.’ So I took the 21-year-old attitude I used to have and threw caution to the wind. On that last lap I got it really hooked coming out of the first horseshoe, and I felt it could be a real good lap. Through the bus stop, I turned in, braked really late and got on the throttle. I held it flat and hoped it would hook up on the exit. It did, and I got pole.”
Colin Braun, the 2014 Rolex 24 PC pole winner, briefly unseated Mowlem from the top spot near the end of the topsy-turvy session. He had to settle for second after setting a best lap of 1:42.498 in the #54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09. Braun will return with the winning PC lineup from last year’s Rolex 24, joining Jon Bennett, James Gue and Mark Wilkins.
Briton Tom Kimber-Smith qualified third in PC, running 1:42.829 in the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Cuttwood/Spyder Orafol ORECA FLM09 co-driven by Michael Guasch, Andrew Palmer and Andrew Novich.
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