Posted: Saturday, March 15th 2014 at 2:15am
Bourdais takes pole for 12 Hours of Sebring
By The Associated Press
Sebastien Bourdais put the No. 5 Corvette on the pole for Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring. / Photo: Scott R LePage LAT Photo USA for IMSA
SEBRING, FL — Sebastien Bourdais won the pole for the Twelve Hours of Sebring on Friday, turning a lap at 120.303 mph at 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway.
Trying to complete a Daytona-Sebring sweep in the new IMSA-sanctioned TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Bourdais will team with Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa on Saturday in the No. 5 Corvette DP.
"This was great qualifying for us," Bourdais said. "It's been very difficult to get a read on the car (in practice sessions); traffic has been very difficult. It's been tough to get the balance of the car, tough to get into a rhythm. But in qualifying, you could string a few laps together. I was able to do that and by the end of qualifying the car was pretty optimized."
Bruno Junqueira took the Prototype Challenge class pole at 117.242. He will team with Duncan Ende and David Hansson in the No. 09 ORECA FLM09.
In the GT Le Mans class, Michael Christensen topped the field with at 113.207 in the No. 911 Porsche 911. He will team with Patrick Long and Jorg Burgmeister.
Dane Cameron was the fastest in the GT Daytona class, turning a lap at 108.355 in the No. 94 BMW Z4. He will team with Paul Dalla Lana, Markus Palttala and Shane Lewis.
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