Elkhart Lake, Wis. – Jade Buford won pole for GTS Round 11 at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Road America presented by Cadillac. Weather conditions for the 5:15 p.m. qualifying session saw some clouds and temperatures in the low 80s.
Setting the early pace in qualifying was Scott Heckert, in the No. 54 Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4, with a lap of 2:18.184 ahead of Scott Dollahite, in the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora, Jeff Courtney, in the No. 99 JCR Motorsports RecStuff.com/Kenda Maserati GranTurismo, and Lawson Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro.
Dollahite then took over the top spot with a time of 2:18.104, but was quickly bumped by, Brett Sandberg, in the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, who ran a 2:18.066.
Sandberg then went faster, turning a 2:17.891 to take over the top spot with Dollahite, Heckert, Aschenbach and Courtney following with 10 minutes to go in the session.
While Sandberg’s time was still the mark to beat with five minutes to go, it was Martin Barkey in the No. 80 Mantella Autosport MBRP Sportlab Sawmill Creative KTM XBow GT4, that jumped to second place, just .101 seconds off pole time.
A final flyer however gave Buford, in the No. 45 Racers Edge Motorsports Sin R1 GT4, the pole position with a lap of 2:17.345. Buford qualified first ahead of Sandberg, Barkey, Dollahite, Heckert and George Kurtz, in the No. 04 TRG-AMR Crowd Strike Aston Martin GT4.
For Buford, it’s his third pole of the 2016 season. “I knew I had to throw one in there for the final lap. I knew I didn’t want to start in the middle to the back of the pack,” Buford explained. “With the history of this track, people can be very aggressive here. And with the speed at this track, damage can be big. I am very happy to get the pole today at this place. It’s a great track. The Racer’s Edge team does a great job with the car too. We have had some good runs with this car and it seems to get better and better now. That last lap, everyone else had run their laps and the track was open for me. I had only run one lap prior to the last lap. So I knew I needed to have a good one. My car drives fantastic at Road America. It is fun.”
Of note, championship points leader Aschenbach qualified in seventh position. Results are provisional until posted final.
GTS teams and drivers next take to the track at Road America for their first race of the weekend, Round 11 of the 2016 season, scheduled for Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Central. Watch the race live on motortrendondemand.com and follow live timing is available on world-challenge.com.