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Acuras take cost in opening IMSA observe at Mid-Ohio – EAST AUTO NEWS

Acuras take cost in opening IMSA observe at Mid-Ohio


Mid-Ohio has been an Acura stronghold all through the DPi period, and in Friday’s first observe for the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio, the fifth spherical of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, indications are that nothing has modified.

Filipe Albuquerque set the quickest time of the session with a 1m11.828s lap within the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-06, he and Ricky Taylor choosing up proper the place they left off at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca two weeks in the past.

“The momentum is nice as we’re nonetheless celebrating from Laguna with Mid-Ohio being so shut,” mentioned Albuquerque earlier than the session. “We’re in an amazing spot within the championship. Mid-Ohio was an amazing one for us final yr, so it might be excellent for us to proceed that streak. The motivation is excessive within the staff, and we now have an opportunity to go for the win. Ricky, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 staff and I’ll do our greatest to go for one more win. However we all know that the competitors is tough. So, we’ll see if we will decrease our errors and make the right lap in qualifying as a result of you possibly can management the race higher from P1 there.”

Tom Blomqvist, within the different Acura within the DPi area, the Meyer Shank Racing with Curb Agajanian No. 60, was second-quickest with a 1m11.904s time, a scant 0.076s distinction. Earl Bamber within the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing machine was the quickest of the Cadillac drivers, simply over half a second off Albuquerque’s time. Pipo Derani within the No. 31 Motion Specific Racing Cadillac had held third place till Bamber nipped him by 0.027s late within the session. Sebastien Bourdais within the No. 01 CGR Cadillac and Tristan Vautier within the No. 5 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac introduced up the rear.

Ryan Dalziel topped the LMP2 timesheets with a 1m13.478s lap within the Period Motorsport ORECA, a median velocity of 110.63mph. Dalziel was 0.407s away from Jonathan Bomarito within the No. 11 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA, who in flip was greater than half a second faster than Will Stevens int he No. 8 Tower Motorsport ORECA.

LMP3 is making its first look in a dash race this season, and Colin Braun made the primary mark at 1m17.603s within the No. 54 CORE Autosport Ligier. Garret Grist within the No. 30 Jr III Racing Ligier was solely 0.011s shy of Braun’s time, with Felipe Fraga third within the No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier at 1m18.013s.

The GTD drivers are having fun with a weekend as the one GT vehicles on observe, with GTD Professional on hiatus till the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in late June. Robby Foley used that to his benefit to set the quickest lap within the No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW M4 GT3, with a median lap velocity of simply over 100mph, a time of 1m21.220s. Lexus has accomplished effectively at Mid-Ohio with the Vasser-Sullivan RC F GT3s, and Jack Hawksworth had the second-quickest GTD time at 1m21.428s within the No. 17. Hawksworth usually runs GTD PRO with Ben Barnicoat, however Lexus added a second GTD automotive for this occasion, pairing Richard Heistand with Hawksworth.

Turner Motorsport had the early tempo in GTD. Motorsport Photos

Bryan Sellers was third within the No. 1 Paul Miller Racing BMW at 1m21.649s. Aaron Telitz within the No. 12 Vasser-Sullivan Lexus and Jan Heylen within the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R rounded out the highest 5.

The session was interrupted by a purple flag early when Jarett Andretti’s No. 36 Andretti Autosport Ligier LMP3 stopped on the course, and was later ended by a purple flag with a bit over three minutes left when Brendan Iribe within the No. 70 Inception Racing McLaren 720S GTD automotive and Lance Willsey within the No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier LMP3 automotive had contact coming into the Carousel, with the LMP3 automotive ending within the gravel and the McLaren stopping on target.

Up subsequent: The groups have another alternative to get the vehicles and drivers dialed in earlier than qualifying, a 1h45m observe session starting at 9 a.m. Jap on Saturday.

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Acuras take cost in opening IMSA observe at Mid-Ohio – EAST AUTO NEWS
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