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Cameron Drives BMW Z4 To GTD-Class Pole

Prior to the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, Dane Cameron had a presence in both of the series that now make up the unified TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. He earned a reputation as a top qualifier in the prototype ranks of both series, earning two Rolex Series DP-class poles and three ALMS PC-class poles.

Friday, Cameron used that experience in the TUDOR Championship’s production-based GT Daytona (GTD) ranks, earning the TOTAL Pole Award for Saturday’s Twelve Hours of Sebring, driving the No. 94 BMW Z4 for Turner Motorsport to a lap of 2:04.258 seconds (108.355 mph).

“It’s an amazing pole for an amazing event,” Cameron said. “I just glanced at the time sheets and the top six or seven cars are within a second of each other. It shows you won’t be able to give up any time on the track or the pit lane.”

Parity was certainly the story in GTD qualifying with five manufacturers making up the top five positions, all separated by a mere 0.202 seconds. Leh Keen just missed the top spot in the No. 22 Porsche 911 GT America with a lap of 2:04.268 (108.346 mph) while Jeroen Bleekemolen’s No. 33 SRT Viper GT3-R rounded out the top three at 2:04.311 (108.309 mph). Those three lapped in within just 0.043 seconds of each other.

James Davison and his No. 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage qualified fourth with a lap 2:04.320 (108.301 mph) while Alessandro Balzan rounded out the top three in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia at 2:04.460 (108.179 mph).

Junqueira Earns Top Spot In PC Qualifying

Five teams passed around the Prototype Challenge (PC) pole like a hot potato in Friday’s qualifying for the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

Bruno Junqueira managed to hold on, earning the TOTAL Pole Award in RSR Motorsports’ No. 09 ORECA FLM09 with a lap of 1 minute, 54.839 seconds (117.242 mph).

“I had a very good qualifying,” said Junqueira, who earned two PC victories in 2013. “The track was very slippery, but the car behaved very well and I put in a very good lap.”

After several teams took the top spot during the 15-minute session, Junqueira broke out his fastest lap to win the pole by 0.750 seconds.

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No. 33 ViperExchange.com Team Debuts Viper GT3-R in the 12 Hours of Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 12, 2014) – Ben Keating and the No. 33 ViperExchange.com team, which includes Dutch racing brothers Jeroen and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, will be looking for the GT Daytona (GTD) class victory in Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in what will be just the second race start for the all-new Vipers GT3-R.

ViperExchange.com team returns to Sebring after running at a top-five GTD-class pace on the legendary 3.74-mile airport road course in last month’s IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Winter Test. The strong Sebring test followed an encouraging debut for the ViperExchange.com team and the Viper GT3-R in January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Keating, a two-time National Viper Cup Champion, is also the principal of the world’s largest Viper retailer through his ViperExchange.com network of dealerships.

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