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Oliver Jarvis breaks 26-year-old record to secure Rolex 24 pole

Oliver Jarvis sets a new lap record on his way to winning pole position for the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona.

On Thursday in qualification for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it did not take long for Oliver Jarvis to break a 26-year-old record in his Mazda Daytona Prototype International. In the early stage of qualification for that class, Jarvis set a time of 1 minute, 33.685 seconds to break the mark set PJ Jones in 1993 by two-tenths of a second. Jones set his record in a GTP class Toyota.

Jarvis beat Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor by .19 seconds and Juan Pablo Montoya, who rounded out the top three.

Team Joest teammate Jonathan Bomarito qualified fourth.

In the GT LeMans class, Nick Tandy won the pole with a lap of 1 minute, 42.257 seconds in his Porsche over Jan Magnussen (1:42.583) in a Corvette and Ryan Briscoe in a Ford. In fourth place, Davide Rigon made room for a fourth manufacturer in the top four spots with his Ferrari.

On Saturday afternoon, GT Daytona will be led to the green by Marcos Gomes (1:45.257), Ben Keating (1:45.324) and Trent Hindman (1:45.396).