IMSA: Felipe Nasr wins pole position for Petit Le Mans

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Felipe Nasr won the pole position for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Friday afternoon, with a record-shattering lap of 1 minute, 8.457 seconds around the 2.54-mile, 12-Turn road course.

The former Formula One driver, who will share the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R with Eric Curran and last year’s pole sitter Pipo Derani, ousted Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor for P1 by 0.141 seconds.

The No. 7 Acura ARX-05 DPi, shared between Taylor, Helio Castroneves, and Graham Rahal will start Saturday’s race from the second position.

Filipe Albuquerque qualified third in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling entry, which he will share with Mike Conway and João Barbosa.

Masson wins LMP2 pole

Kyle Masson won the pole position in the LMP2 class, after defeating Matt McMurray in a fierce battle for the top spot that lasted the entire session.

In the end, Masson edged McMurray by 0.131 seconds to claim the pole.

The trio of Masson, Andrew Evans and Cameron Cassels look to bring the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca 07 Gibson into victory lane for the first time since the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Calado on pole in GTLM

James Calado put the No. 62 Risi Competizione entry on the pole in GTLM, with his class record-breaking lap of 1 minute, 15.639 seconds.

The pole was the first of Calado’s IMSA career, which came in the Ferrari 488 GTE he will share with Daniel Serra and Alessandro Pier Guidi in the 10-hour endurance race.

Calado defeated Antonio Garcia, who qualified second in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, by 0.063 seconds.

Philipp Eng qualified third in the No. 24 Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW M8 GTE.

Lewis wins GTD pole after Feller’s times disallowed 

Corey Lewis may have not been the fastest driver in GTD qualifying, but he was awarded the class pole following a penalty issued by officials to the No. 29 Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo.

Ricardo Feller’s lap of 1 minute, 19.185 seconds in the No. 29 machine initially clinched the pole, but all of the team’s times were disallowed due to the team touching the car during a red flag period.

The times from the No. 47 PPM Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo of Shinya Michimi were also disallowed due to the same infraction. Michimi had previously qualified third.

With Lewis now on pole, Ben Keating’s lap of 1 minute, 19.665 seconds placed the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the second position.

Jeff Westphal’s 1:19.721 lap in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 was bumped up to third fastest following Michimi’s infraction.

Live coverage of the Motul Petit Le Mans begins Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.