AXR Cadillac tops evening observe as Acuras hit bother
A disjointed, multiple-red-flagged evening session that noticed each GTP Acuras grind to a halt on monitor was led by the No. 31 Motion Specific Racing Cadillac V-Sequence.R with Alexander Sims on the wheel. Sims’ 1m48.420s lap was nicely off the occasions turned in qualifying simulations this afternoon, however adequate to be the primary non-Acura to guide a session.
The primary crimson flag got here virtually as quickly because the session started for a automotive off beam. Then the second stoppage was for Colin Braun coasting to cease, getting going once more, however ultimately turning into stationary till the emergency crew may retrieve the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-06. As quickly as they did and the session restarted, the Gradient Racing No. 66 Acura NSX misplaced a wheel, bringing the crimson again out. Then the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-06 stopped heading in the right direction and needed to be flat-towed in. The final stoppage, that nearly ended the session, occurred when Kay van Berlo spun the No. 91 Kellymoss with Riley Porsche 911 GT3R in Flip 17, burying it within the tire barrier. The ultimate inexperienced got here with about two-and-a-half minutes left.
The stop-and-start nature of the session with significantly decreased working time may have vital affect within the race. Not solely was this session essential to get the appropriate setup for the race’s end at the hours of darkness, however practically a 3rd of the sphere wanted a minimal of three laps in darkness to race after sundown on Saturday. That included Gradient Racing’s Marc Miller, who though he has raced the Twelve Hours earlier than, it has been a couple of years. The No. 66 was repaired and ready on pit lane for Miller to do his laps when the ultimate inexperienced waved.
Nick Tandy was second quickest within the No. 6 Porsche Penske Motorsports 963, 0.152s shy of the Cadillac’s time. Louis Deletraz was third within the No. 10 WTR Acura earlier than it stopped heading in the right direction with a 1m49.034s lap. The No. 10 did return to the monitor for the ultimate minutes, Ricky Taylor reporting that the workforce understands the problem that triggered the automotive to cease on monitor.
A BMW was inside shouting distance of the quick time for the primary time at the moment, Philip Eng lapping the No. 24 BMW M Staff RLL M Hybrid V8 inside half a second of AXR’s greatest lap. Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the highest 5 within the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac.
Josh Pierson put the No. 35 TDS Racing ORECA on prime of LMP2 with a 1m51.543s, pushing Christian Rasmussen into second for the primary time at the moment. Rasmussen turned in a 1m51.842s lap within the No. 18 Period Motorsport ORECA. Scott Huffaker was third within the No. 11 for TDS Racing, one other 0.109s again.
The No. 30 Jr III Racing Ligier was on prime once more in LMP3, this time Garret Grist placing within the quick lap of 1m56.595s as a substitute of Dakota Dickerson. That point was practically a second higher than Felipe Fraga within the No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier, with Tonis Kasemets one other 0.422s again for third within the No. 4 Ave Motorsports Ligier.
For the primary time of the occasion, a GTD PRO automotive led GTD general, with Jordan Taylor placing the No. 3 Corvette on prime with a 2m.01.290s lap. Jack Hawksworth was second for Vasser Sullivan within the No. 14 Lexus RC F, 0.117s off Taylor’s greatest. Daniel Juncadella was third within the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG.
Winward Racing’s Indy Dontje led GTD once more with a 2m01.360s lap within the No. 57 Mercedes-AMG, second general among the many GT vehicles. Seb Praulx, within the No. 80 AO Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R was 0.286 again of Dontje’s time, adopted by Roman De Angelis within the No. 27 Coronary heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage with a 2m01.771s lap. Kyle Marcelli (No. 93 Racers Edge with WTR Acura NSX) and Kay van Berlo accomplished the highest 5.
UP NEXT: A brief 10-minute observe session at 8:55am Friday, actually a warm-up for qualifying which begins at 9:15am with GTD. Qualifying shall be carried stay on IMSA.television.