Bowmanville, Ont. — Lawson Aschenbach qualified on GTS pole for Round 7 of the Pirelli World Challenge season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and the Grand Prix of Canada presented by Audi. The 20-minute session was held under clear, sunny 60-degree weather.
As competitors took to the challenging 10-turn, 2.458-mile circuit, GTS Championship points leader Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, wasted no time taking the early provisional pole with a lap of 1:23.306 ahead of Jack Roush Jr., driving the No. 60 Roush Performance Ford Boss 302, who slotted into second with a lap of 1:24.048.
Brett Sandberg, in the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, was third quick in the early going of the session with a time of 1:24.216.
While Aschenbach’s time held at the half-way point of the session, it was Scott Dollahite, in the in the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora, jumping to position two with a 1:24.825 ahead of Canadian Anthony Mantella, driving the No. 8 Mantella Autosport Inc. Gulf KTM XBow GT4, who was third quick at the halfway mark with a 1:23.945.
That time was soon eclipsed by Vancouver, BC’s Max Riddle, driving the No. 07 TRG-AMR Adobe Road Winery, LaSalle Solutions Aston Martin Vantage GT4, who took over third position with a 1:23.941 ahead of Mantella, Roush Jr., and Sandberg.
While Dollahite was able to find some time, improving down to a 1:23.731, it would be Aschenbach’s 1:23.306 holding up for pole position. It’s his 12 career PWC pole.
Aschenbach will lead the field to green for Saturday’s Round 7 rolling start, with Dollahite’s Lotus on the outside of the front row. Riddle and Mantella will make up row two.
Following them, Mark Klenin, in the No. 62 Klenin Performance Racing Schomp/Premiere Copy/Mike Ward Masserati Maserati GranTurismo, will start fifth alongside Scott Heckert, in the No. 54 Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4.
Roush Jr. qualified seventh ahead of Sandberg in eighth. Dore Chaponick Jr., in the No. 12 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, and Nate Stacy, driving the No. 14 Roush Performance Road Racing Ford Boss 302, completed the top 10.
Results are provisional until posted final. GTS Round 7 is scheduled for Saturday morning at 10:20 a.m. Eastern. Watch the race live at motortrendondemand.com and follow live timing and scoring at world-challenge.com.