Risi Success Continues, Places Ferrari on GTD PRO Pole for Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen


Thompson Captures Third GTD Pole of Season for Vasser Sullivan

June 22, 2024

By Jeff Olson

IMSA Wire Service

Qualifying Results

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Pole position for a six-hour race isn’t necessarily essential to winning the race. But for Daniel Serra and Risi Competizione, it was important – especially when it’s a track record.

Serra’s lap of 1 minute, 44.203 seconds Saturday in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 296 GT3 broke the track class record and guaranteed the Motul Pole Award in the Grand Touring Daytona Pro (GTD PRO) class for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

“It’s a six-hour race, so there is a lot to do tomorrow,” Serra said after landing the No. 1 spot in class and the 24th starting position overall for Sunday’s race. “But of course, it’s best to start in front. Track position is quite important, especially at this track. It’s quite difficult to overtake.”

Serra’s lap broke the track record for the GT classes set last year by Loris Spinelli. Serra and co-driver Davide Rigon will try to add to their victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January when Sunday’s race starts at 11:10 a.m. ET.

The Risi crew made the proper changes to the Ferrari after the first two practice sessions, Serra said.

“The car was super; it was mega,” Serra gushed. “We made the correct changes from the morning session.”

While Serra was prevailing in GTD PRO, Parker Thompson was securing his third pole position of the season by claiming the top starting spot in GTD. He recorded a lap of 1:44.642 in the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 around the 11-turn, 3.4-mile circuit.

“This is just the start,” said Thompson, who will share driving duties with Frankie Montecalvo and Aaron Telitz. “Vasser Sullivan and Lexus Racing gave me an absolute rocket. … We’ve got a job to finish. Obviously, it’s great. I’ve worn a couple of these pole hats this season, which is fantastic.”

Serra was followed to the GTD PRO pole by Alexander Sims, who will team with Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R. Ross Gunn had the third-fastest lap in class in the No. 23 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Evo he co-drives with Alex Riberas.

Onofrio Triarsi was second in GTD in the No. 023 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari he shares with Charles Scardina and Alessio Rovera. Mikael Grenier was third in the No. 32 Korthoff Preston Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 he co-drives with Mike Skeen and Kenton Koch.

Live coverage of Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen begins at 11 a.m. ET. USA Network will provide coverage from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with the entirety of the race streaming live on Peacock.

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2024 Watkins Glen International Schedule      

April 6-7 – Opening Weekend   

May 31 – June 2 – SCCA Majors Super Tour       

June 6-9 – Historic Sportscar Racing       

June 13 – Chemung Canal Trust Company Summer Concert Series

June 20-23 – IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen       

July 10-14 – Ferrari Challenge North America     

July 18 – Chemung Canal Trust Company Summer Concert Series   

July 26-28 -Finger Lakes Wine Festival

August 15 – Chemung Canal Trust Company Summer Concert Series    

August 22-25 – Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix        

September 5 – Chemung Canal Trust Company Summer Concert Series

September 11-15 – NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen        


2024 Watkins Glen International NASCAR Weekend Schedule     

September 13 – General Tire 100 at The Glen – ARCA Menards Series Race     

September 14 – Mission 200 at The Glen – NASCAR Xfinity Series Race     

September 15 – Go Bowling at The Glen – NASCAR Cup Series Race