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Brundle and Blundell qualify ninth at Daytona

ESPNF1 Staff
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The Riley-Ford Daytona Prototype on its way to ninth on the grid © Getty Images
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The four-man team which includes former Formula One team-mates Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell qualified ninth on the 49-car grid for the Daytona 24-hour event.

Brundle, who won at Daytona in 1988, clocked a time of 1:40.784secs for the United Autosports team around the 3.56- mile, 12-turn course at the Daytona International Speedway. His average speed in his Riley-Ford Daytona Prototype was 127.163mph, less than one mph slower than Jorg Bergmeister who took pole and also set a new lap record.

"I'm pleased and very satisfied with my qualifying performance," Brundle said. "We'd targeted a top-10 grid place and I was ninth, less than seven tenths of a second off pole position. The top 10 is very close and there is more time to come from the car and myself. I'm very excited about the race.

The driver line-up is completed by team owner Zak Brown and fellow American, Mark Patterson.