2018 Six Hours of the Glen Qualifying Report
2018 Six Hours of the Glen Qualifying Report
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R will start Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen from the outside of the fourth row after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Saturday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.


Date: June 30, 2018
Event: Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (Round 6 of 10)
Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Location: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International (3.4-mile, 11-turn road course)
Result: 8th by Renger van der Zande (1:33.528 at 130.869 mph)
Pole Winner: Colin Braun of Core Autosport Oreca LMP2 (1:32.350 at 132.539 mph – track record)

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R will start Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen from the outside of the fourth row after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Saturday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Renger van der Zande, who with co-driver Jordan Taylor is looking for the team’s first Sahlen’s six-hour win since 2011 this weekend, clocked a fast lap of 1 minute, 33.538 seconds at 130.869 mph around the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course. It was good for eighth among the 42 car-and-driver combinations that will take the green flag for Sunday’s six-hour endurance marathon.

“We knew it was not going to be easy here at Watkins Glen,” said van der Zande, the Dutch driving veteran who scored back-to-back LMPC-class wins here with the Starworks Motorsport team in 2015 and 2016. “Free practice one and two were like a bit of a surprise to be P2 and so close. But we came here with a very good basic setup. We improved a lot since Mid-Ohio and Detroit. Brian (Pillar) our engineer and our whole group, it’s so nice that we work on it together and I think we found something. So, that’s really good. Going into this qualifying, we’re happy to be in the top-10, and we’re happy to be P8. Looking at our other competition here, it’s the other Cadillacs and I think we’re quite a bit in front of them, so that’s a good thing. It’s a long race. I feel quite happy with the car. Let’s see what the heat will bring to all of us, if we are struggling with the heat or not. I have quite a bit of confidence to get through this race with a good result.”

Van der Zande’s fast lap was 1.2 seconds off the track record-breaking pace of polesitter Colin Braun but was best among the four Cadillac DPi-V.Rs in the field, the other three of which qualified 11th, 12th and 14th.

The top-five qualifiers for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen are:

1. Core Autosport (No. 54 Oreca LMP2) Colin Braun, Jonathan Bennett and Romain Dumas (1:32.350 at 132.539 mph)

2. United Autosports (No. 32 Ligier LMP2) Paul Di Resta, Phil Hanson and Bruno Senna (1:32.356 at 132.530 mph)

3. Acura Team Penske (No. 7 Acura DPi), Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves (1:32.638 at 132.127 mph)

4. Acura Team Penske (No. 6 Acura DPi) Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya (1:32.782 at 131.922 mph)

5. JDC-Miller Motorsports (No. 85 Oreca LMP2) Simon Trummer, Robert Alon and Nelson Panciatici (1:33.016 at 131.590 mph)

The green flag flies at 9:45 a.m. EDT Sunday with all six hours of live television coverage by FS1 beginning at 9:30 a.m.