Enge, Baldwin on Pirelli World Challenge poles for St. Pete

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Tomas Enge and Jack Baldwin have earned the respective GT and GTS poles for today’s season-opening Pirelli World Challenge race on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Enge, who competed on the same 1.8-mile St. Pete street circuit as a member of the Verizon IndyCar Series back in 2005, set a new track record with at time of 1:13.429 (88.248 mph) in the No. 25 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo FL2.

Joining him on the GT front row will be another former IndyCar driver, Anthony Lazzaro, who qualified second in the No. 61 Remo Ferri Group Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 with a time of 1:13.691.

In GTS, Baldwin and defending class champion Lawson Aschenbach dueled for the pole before the former won out with a time of 1:23.453 in the No. 73 GTSport Porsche Cayman S. Aschenbach, driving the No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, settled for P2 in GTS with a time of 1:23.879.

Today’s race – the first of two this weekend in St. Pete – will go off today at 3:10 p.m. ET on World-ChallengeTV.com. NBCSN will broadcast the St. Pete races on Sunday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET.

PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE – ST. PETERSBURG, RACE NO. 1
GT/GTS Provisional Grid
(position/class/car number in parentheses/driver/hometown/car/fastest lap time/speed in mph)

1 – GT, (25), Tomas Enge, Liberec, Czech Rep, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 1:13.429, 88.248.

2 – GT, (61), Anthony Lazzaro, Atlanta, Ga., Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, 1:13.691, 87.934.

3 – GT, (94), Dane Cameron, Buford, Ga., BMW Z4, 1:13.860, 87.733.

4 – GT, (8), Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V R, 1:14.621, 86.838.

5 – GT, (3), Johnny O’Connell, Flowery Branch, Ga., Cadillac CTS-V R, 1:14.686, 86.763.

6 – GT, (16), Nick Mancuso(A), Chicago, Ill., Ferrari 458 GT3, 1:14.686, 86.763.

7 – GT, (24), Albert von Thurn und Taxis(A), Regensburg, Germany, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 1:14.749, 86.690.

8 – GT, (9), Alex Figge, Denver, Colo., McLaren 12C GT3, 1:14.853, 86.569.

9 – GT, (21), Andrew Palmer(A), Chicago, Ill., Audi R8 R8 Ultra, 1:14.943, 86.465.

10 – GT, (0), Marcelo Hahn(A), Sao Paulo, Brasil, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 1:15.114, 86.268.

GTS

1 – GTS, (73), Jack Baldwin, Marietta, Ga., Porsche Cayman, 1:23.453, 77.648.

2 – GTS, (1), Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:23.879, 77.254.

3 – GTS, (20), Andy Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:24.526, 76.662.

4 – GTS, (50), Dean Martin, Westland, Mich., Ford Mustang Boss302, 1:24.941, 76.288.

5 – GTS, (33), Tony Buffomante, Naperville, Ill., Ford MustangBoss302, 1:25.402, 75.876.

6 – GTS, (60), Jack Roush Jr, Livonia, Mich., Ford MustangBoss302R, 1:25.722, 75.593.

7 – GTS, (02), Drew Regitz, Denver, Colo., Aston Martin GT4, 1:26.121, 75.243.

8 – GTS, (17), Alec Udell, The Woodlands, Texas, Ford Mustang Boss302, 1:26.205, 75.169.

9 – GTS, (51), Ric Bushey, Virgina Beach, Va., Nissan 370Z, 1:26.543, 74.876.

10 – GTS, (38), Mark Wilkins, Toronto, Ontario, Kia Optima, 1:26.602, 74.825.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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