Von Moltke Scores First TOTAL Pole Award In Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS
Team Repairs Car, Earns Top Spot In TUDOR Championship GTD Qualifying At Detroit
DETROIT (May 29, 2015) – For much of Friday afternoon, Dion von Moltke wasn’t sure he would even get a chance to qualify after a practice incident in the rain earlier in the day forced Paul Miller Racing and Audi Customer Racing to make repairs to his No. 48 Castrol Edge Audi R8 LMS.
But not only did the team repair the wounded car in time for the qualifying session, von Moltke dug deep and avenged the incident by earning his first career TOTAL Pole Award in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class with a lap of one minute, 33.546 seconds (90.437 mph). The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers on the streets of Belle Isle begins Saturday at 12:05 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 2, Noon ET; FOX Sports 1, 2-4 p.m. ET).
“When the car came back, we were initially wondering if we’d even make the race tomorrow,” said von Moltke, who along with co-driver Christopher Haase leads GTD points. “We have the best team in the paddock; the guys did an unbelievable job. We were able to roll out about five minutes before qualifying.
“I lost the car [in practice] and before I even knew it was gone,” he added. “I probably just made a mistake, hit a bump, and then hydroplaned. It can happen, but it’s not what you want. It was really unfortunate, but luckily, I’ve got the best team in the paddock to fix this.”
It was an impressive qualifying effort for von Moltke, who was 0.715 seconds quicker than runner-up Ben Keating in the No. 33 ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R. Keating – who will immediately fly from Detroit to France following the race to practice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans – lapped the 2.360-mile street circuit in 1:34.261 (89.751 mph).
The No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage of Danish speedster Christina Nielsen rounded out the top-three at 1:34.338 (89.678 mph).
The 15-minute session was stopped early for an incident involving the No. 97 Turner Motorsports BMW Z4 of Michael Marsal with three minutes remaining. Marsal was able to continue with minimal damage, but will start from the back of the GTD grid.
Race day begins Saturday with a 20-minute warm-up session at 8:15 a.m. ET. Fans can follow of the action live on IMSA.com or the all-new IMSA mobile app.