by John Dagys @ sportscar365
Gabriele Piana will start this afternoon’s Pirelli World Challenge GTS season-opener from the pole, taking Muehlner Motorsports to the top spot in an incident-filled qualifying in St. Pete.
Piana pedaled his No. 21 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR to a pole-winning lap of 1:18.454 narrowly edging out the No. 14 Audi R8 LMS GT4 of James Sofronas by 0.099 seconds.
The No. 55 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 of Jade Buford was third quickest.
It marked Piana’s first career pole in both the Swiss driver and team’s PWC debuts.