IMSA WeatherTech DPi Detroit Qualifying Results:
1. No. 6 Acura DPi, 1:19.373
4. No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, 1:19.991
5. No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R, 1:20.239
6. No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, 1:20.448
8. No. 84 JDC-Miller Cadillac DPi-V.R, 1:20.663
9. No. 50 Juncos Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, 1:21.075
10.No. 85 JDC-Miller Cadillac DPi-V.R, 1:23.313
Located in the middle of the Detroit River, the Belle Isle circuit proved a challenge in qualifying for the six-car Cadillac armada. Pipo Derani put in a lap of 1:34.971 good for fourth on the grid for tomorrow’s one-hour-and-forty-minute race. He was followed closely by teammate Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R in fifth.
“We continue to do our job,” Derani said. “Unfortunately, this year we have been seeing others come up during qualifying to take us off the top of the time sheet. For the race, we have a good car – I like what I see in it. We do not have the pure speed but this fantastic Whelen team will put together amazing pit stops. Hopefully, we can win the race off of strategy. If the weather turns on us, we have shown that we are quick in the rain. If it is dry or wet, we will be strong! It is a matter of not making mistakes and executing our pit stops.”
Barbosa is teamed with Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R.
“All in all, it was a good qualifying,” Barbosa said. “The car feels very consistent so I think it will translate into a good race car. We made some changes before qualifying so we saw where we got better and where we didn’t. It was a very productive day learning about the car here at Detroit. We will have a good race pace for tomorrow which is the most important part of the weekend. Track position is very important but we will be right with everyone else. Our Mustang Sampling guys are great in the pits and on strategy. I am looking forward to the race!”
Renger Van Der Zande had the wheel of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 15-minute qualifying session. He posted a lap of 1:37.330 and will handover to Jordan Taylor.
“A lot happened today,” Van Der Zande said. “The first practice, we were fundamentally wrong on some items, so we adjusted to them the second time out in free practice two and we made a big step forward. We decided that I would still qualify and I think qualifying went reasonably well, we got more or less the maximum out of the car. We made some set-up changes that worked in some areas and some set-up changes that didn’t work in other areas. That’s the interesting part of engineering, sometimes. It was an all-out lap. I was on the limit every inch, on a street track, it’s always an amazing feeling. Let’s see what the weather does tomorrow, first, and we’ll fight our way up.”
In the JDC-Miler Motorsports No. 84 Cadillac DPi-V.R Simon Trummer and Stephen Simpson will start eighth.
“I was behind the 10 and kept catching him,” Trummer said. “We have been improving each session. This is a difficult track to drive on the limit. I am happy with my performance, but we are still a good way away. I am confident in the team and the car and we will see what we can do in the race.”
Newcomer Victor Franzoni qualified the No. 50 Juncos Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in a solid ninth today. He and Will Owen will start from the fifth row.
“Qualifying is done and I think everything went pretty well for us,” Franzoni said. “We made some big improvements from practice to qualifying today. I am still learning a lot as this is my first time here in Detroit and in the Juncos Cadillac DPi-V.R. Even though we did not get a great qualifying spot, the fact that we made these major improvements will only mean we will be better for the race. I am confident that we will have a really good car for the race and for the future.”
Misha Goikhberg posted a lap that will have he and Tristan Vautier in the No. 85 Cadillac DPi-V.R JDC-Miler entry starting from tenth.
“Qualifying did not go so well for us,” Goikhberg said. “We had some trouble during the day in practice. We hit a spinning car this morning and then I made a little mistake in the second practice too. That put us back a little bit. We need to have a clean run with some good strategy so we can put together a result tomorrow.”
Source. Kyle Chura/Cadillac Racing/Photo. Richard Prince