Formula E: Jarno Trulli claims pole for Berlin ePrix

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Jarno Trulli sprung a surprise on Saturday afternoon to claim his first FIA Formula E pole position in qualifying for the Berlin ePrix at the disused Berlin Tempelhof airport.

Despite qualifying in the first group of cars and having the disadvantage of a green track, Trulli posted a fastest lap time of 1:21.547 to edge out championship leader Lucas di Grassi and Monaco race winner Sebastien Buemi at the front of the field.

Racing for his eponymous team, Trull has endured a difficult start to life in Formula E with just one top ten finish in the opening seven races of the championship’s inaugural season.

However, the Italian driver rallied in Berlin to clinch his team’s first pole position with a fine display.

“Yeah I’m really pleased,” Trulli said. “I have to thank my team and supporters. We’ve been struggling quite a lot recently to find the right pace and the right setup on the car. It’s been a very hard weekend for the team.

“We have made some steps and some progress, but we were a little bit surprised not to be competitive in Monaco. Finally here we’ve found the right pace. The right adjustment on the car made the difference. We still have some work to do but we are getting there step by step.”

Di Grassi did appear to be in the running for pole position during his group three run, but fell less than one-tenth of a second short and will start the race from second place on the grid. Buemi managed to set the pace in group four, but did not improve on his final lap, leaving him third overall ahead of Nick Heidfeld.

Championship contender Nelson Piquet Jr struggled in qualifying, falling down to P13 by the end of the session behind American driver Scott Speed in 12th place.

This result marks Trulli’s first pole position in motor racing since the 2009 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, when he started from first place for Toyota.

However, the pressure will be on his shoulders to bring the car home and convert it into a first podium finish – or better still, a race win – for the team in Formula E.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.