MSR Acura leads opening Roar Earlier than the 24 session
Meyer Shank Racing with Curb Agajanian started 2023 because the staff completed 2022 — on high of the primary session of the Roar Earlier than the 24. New rent Colin Braun set a time of 1m35.635s within the No. 60 Acura ARX-06, 0.141s forward of Felipe Nasr within the No. 7 Porsche Penske Motorsports Porsche 963. Ricky Taylor was third within the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura as the brand new GTP class had its first official session.
Six vehicles had been inside a second, the 2 BMW M Crew RLL BMW M Hybrid V8s in fourth (No. 25, Nick Yelloly) and sixth (No. 24, Philipp Eng) break up by the the No. 7 Porsche, Mathieu Jaminet setting high time. All three Cadillacs had been outdoors of that one second, the No. 02 Chip Ganassi V-LMDh the faster of the 2 Ganassi vehicles, 1.049s slower than Braun as CGR used the session to interrupt in new vehicles. The No. 31 Motion Specific Racing Cadillac by no means set a consultant lap.
The 90-minute session was a shakedown for most of the groups, a few of which simply completed placing collectively vehicles earlier than they went onto the transporter. Naturally that led to points for a number of vehicles. Risi Competizione had had a shakedown earlier than heading to Florida with its new No. 62 GTD PRO Ferrari 296 GT3, however it spent many of the session within the storage. The No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG in GTD PRO additionally had a difficulty, a nasty fuel-filler seal inflicting a gasoline spill and fireplace. That automobile spent the remainder of the session behind the wall as properly. Different vehicles not setting instances embrace a pair of Wright Motorsports-run GTD Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, the No. 16 and the No. 77.
Three crimson flags interrupted the session, the primary two for LMP3 vehicles caught on monitor, the third for the No. 3 GTD PRO Corvette stopped, probably with a unfastened wheel or suspension downside.
Andy Lally set the quickest GT time general, a 1m47.528s lap within the GTD No. 44 Magnus Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3, adopted by a trio of GTD PRO vehicles. Kyle Marcelli was second quickest within the No. 93 Racers Edge Motorsports with WTR Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 at 1m47.402s. Indy Dontje was third within the No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG, 0.432s again from Lally and 0.034s behind Marcelli.
Coronary heart of Racing led GTD PRO, Ross Gunn setting a 1m47.064s lap within the No. 23 Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Owen Trinkler within the No. 64 TGM/TF Sport Aston Martin was 0.164s again, and Jack Hawksworth third within the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3.
To nobody’s shock the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA-Gibson led LMP2, Alex Quinn setting the highest time of 1m39.167s. Oliver Jarvis was second within the No. 18 Period Motorsports ORECA, with Scott McLaughlin third within the No. 8 Tower Motorsports automobile. Cameron Shields led LMP3 within the No. 38 Efficiency Tech Motorsports Ligier at 1m43.486s, adopted by Joao Barbosa within the No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier and Wayne Boyd within the No. 17 AWA Duqueine.
UP NEXT: A 1h45m break up session is about to start at 4:15 p.m. ET, with the primary quarter-hour reserved for the Professional-Am lessons and the ultimate 15 reserved for the Professional lessons.