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GP2: Gasly takes pole for Bahrain feature race

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Pierre Gasly will start tomorrow’s GP2 feature race in Bahrain from pole position after topping the timesheets in qualifying for DAMS.

GP2 returns to Bahrain in support of the FIA World Endurance Championship this weekend to make up for the cancelled round in Germany earlier this year.

Gasly managed to edge out 2015 GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne by just 0.040 seconds in a closely-fought battle, producing a lap with three minutes to go that gave him his second pole of the year.

“I am very happy with the result,” Gasly said. “In the last three qualifying sessions, we have managed to take two pole positions. It shows a good evolution compared to the beginning of the season.

“I’m really happy about this results today, especially for the team, but also for me because it was a tough season: the first part was not what we expected and we worked all through the rest of the season and now we’re starting to get the reward.

“I will say that I’m really happy about this pole today. I’m already focused on tomorrow because we know that on this track the tyre degradation is really high and that’s going to be a big challenge. But at the moment, we try to enjoy the result.”

Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello had led the way with a couple of minutes remaining, but was overhauled by both Gasly and Vandoorne late on to leave him third on the grid, 0.076 seconds down on the pole lap.

In the second DAMS car, Alex Lynn qualified fourth ahead of Manor F1 development driver Jordan King and French GP2 rookie Norman Nato. Mitch Evans and Nobuharu Matsushita followed in P7 and P8 respectively.

American driver Alexander Rossi was unable to continue his impressive recent form in GP2, qualifying ninth after failing to make good use of his alternative strategy that gave him a clear track for his hot lap.

IMSA race at Daytona: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info, more

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IMSA start times: For the first time in more than five months, Daytona International Speedway will have a sports car race as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series returns to the same place it left off today (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

After being sidelined by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, the premier sports car circuit will wave the green again on its 2020 season today. But instead of the annual 24-hour endurance classic, Saturday’s WeatherTech 240 will be a “sprint race” around the 3.56-mile road course.

Here are the details for IMSA’s second race of the season at Daytona (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona race information

TV: 6 p.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports App and TrackPass

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com, as well as Sirius Channel 216, XM 210, Internet 970

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours, 40 minutes around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 88 degrees with a 51% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see the 26 cars entered in Saturday’s race.


IMSA weekend schedule: Friday, July 3

11 a.m. — WeatherTech Championship Transporter Load-In

1 p.m. — Garages open; pit lane equipment setup

6:15-7:15 p.m. — First practice WeatherTech Championship (all classes)

9:30 p.m. — Garages close

IMSA weekend schedule: Saturday, July 4

8 a.m. — Garages open

8:45 a.m. — Fuel rig inspection

10:15 a,m — 11:30 am — Practice (restricted by classes: 10:15-10:45 a.m., GTD Silver/Bronze; 10:30-11:30 a.m., DPi/GTLM; 10:45-11:15, GTD all drivers)

1:55 p.m. — GTD qualifying

2:20 p.m. — GTLM qualifying

2:45 p.m. — DPi qualifying

6 p.m. — Formation laps

6:10 p.m. — IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona (2 hours, 40 minutes)

11:30 p.m. — Garages close