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New Kids on the Block Take Top GT Qualifying Honors

MONTEREY, Calif. –Klaus Bachler’s first visit to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca gave him the memory of a lifetime...

Udell, Kellymoss with Riley Score First GTD pole

Bachler wasn’t the only newcomer to find speed at Laguna Seca. In his first season in the class and first qualifying session at Laguna Seca, Alex Udell placed the No. 92 Kellymoss with Riley Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) that he co-drives with Julien Andlauer in the number one starting spot of the GTD class with a lap of 1:24.539 (95.302 mph).

“It’s been awesome,” Udell said. “We’ve been coming to grips with a couple of things here and there. We’re just learning as we go. I’m just happy to get a little bit of out-boost going into the race. It’s always great to start from the front.”

Udell expects the Porsche to be strong over longer stints.

“I think our long-run pace is relatively good compared to other cars,” he said. “We’ve been focusing on the long-run pace. We did a couple of things (in the qualifying session) that we’re hoping will help the car in the race. We’re still learning and trying to get as much data as we can in every session.”

Roman De Angelis landed the second starting position in GTD with a lap of 1:24.647 (95.180 mph) in the No. 27 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 he co-drives with Marco Sorensen.

Seb Priaulx locked down the third starting position with a lap of 1:25.005 (94.780 mph) in the No. 80 AO Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) he shares with Gunnar Jeannette.

Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race airs live at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. It’s also available on Peacock Premium in the United States.


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