John Edwards gives BMW Team RLL the GTLM pole at COTA

By Victor Forner

BMW Team RLL's John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk will start from GTLM pole position in tomorrow's 2 hours and 40 minutes IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at the Circuit of the Americas.

John Edwards put the #24 BMW M6 GTE set the best time in class in the qualifying session, 2:02.833. The American ace was a few thousands faster than Ferrari official driver, Giancarlo Fisichella (#62 Ferrari 488 GTE).

"It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a pole, so it is really gratifying to see number one after I stepped out of the car." said John Edwards after the qualifying session. "It was nerve racking but ultimately I was able to stay on top and keep the pole. COTA is a challenging place as it has a little mix of everything. There is less than a quarter of a second separating the first seven cars so we know tomorrow is going to be a very tight race. Managing the tires and traffic are going to play a key role and we’ll do everything we can to close it up tomorrow for a win here at COTA."

After a really close fight, Alexander Sims qualified the #25 BMW on the first spot of the second row, beating both Chip Ganassi Ford GT's by only 24 thousands. Ryan Briscoe was fourth with the #67 Ford GT while Dirk Müller was fifth with the sister #66 machine, the latter was only 9 thousands slower than his teammate.

Jan Magnussen (#3 Corvette C7.R) started well, but he couldn't improve on his last flying lap and finished sixth. Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche 911 RSR) had troubles on the high-technical middle sector, while he was improving. The Frenchman will start seventh ahead of Tommy Milner (#4 Corvette C7.R) and Wolf Henzler (#912 Porsche 911 RSR) behind. The whole GTLM field finished in less than a second.

Tomorrow's race will start at 2:35 PM local time.

Photo: Michelin / BMW