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Roar Earlier than the 24 session 4 dominated once more by MSR Acura – EAST AUTO NEWS

Roar Earlier than the 24 session 4 dominated once more by MSR Acura


The Roar Earlier than the 24 GTP occasions for the penultimate session – and probably final dry outing – earlier than qualifying remained divided by producer, though the BMWs moved from the underside to second behind – as soon as once more – the Acuras.

As they’ve achieved by 4 check classes up to now throughout the check for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Meyer Shank Racing put their No. 60 ARX-06 on high, Colin Braun turning a quick lap of 1m35.038s. Wayne Taylor Racing once more adopted, Brendan Hartley the quickest of the WTR drivers at 1m25.136. Philipp Eng led the 2 BMW M Staff RLL BMW M Hybrid V8s with a 1m35.372s lap within the No. 24, adopted by Nick Yelloly within the No. 25 and the primary of the 2 Porsche 963s, Michael Christensen the quickest of the Porsche Penske Motorsport drivers. The three Cadillac entries introduced up the rear.

“Clearly actually pleased with the staff,” mentioned Braun. “I do know everybody says it, however I feel greater than ever, on this 12 months of GTP automobiles, it’s such an enormous effort by the Meyer Shank staff, by the HPD and Acura guys. It’s been loads of work over the offseason all through the exams. Every time we’ve run the automobile it’s been an enormous step ahead by way of improvement. It’s been leaps and bounds higher and higher and higher and actually I’m fairly darn pleased with the automobile proper now.”

MSR’s latest driver had no actual clarification that he might share relating to why MSR has been so robust out of the field and stayed that method by the Roar as far as they go into Sunday the clear favorites to say the pole place for subsequent weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“We’ve been working collectively as a gaggle all through this entire course of. It’s been very nice integrating with these guys on the HPD and Honda facet. It’s been an enormous assist each methods. I don’t assume we’re doing something loopy. We’re simply once more centered on form of what our run plan is, getting laps. Simon (Pagenaud) and Helio (Castroneves) haven’t had a ton of laps within the automobile, and even myself. So, for us, we’re extra centered on simply checking the containers and dealing by issues. We’re simply heads down and and centered on what we will management,” he mentioned.

Ben Hanley put the No. 04 Crowdstrike Racing by APR ORECA on high of LMP2 for the primary time throughout the weekend with a 1m38.633s lap. Rinus Veekay adopted 0.670s slower within the No. 11 TDS Racing ORECA, and Kyffin Simpson was third within the No. 8 Tower Motorsports automobile. Nico Pino topped LMP3 with a 1m42.961s lap within the No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier, with Gabby Chaves (No. 36 Andretti Autosport Ligier) and Josh Burdon (No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier) following.

It was Aston Martins once more on the high of GTD and GTD PRO, Nikki Thiim claiming high honors among the many GT area within the GTD-class No. 44 Magnus Racing Vantage GT3. Hugh Plumb missed the general high GT time by 0.033s, placing the No. 64 TGM/TF Sport Vantage on high of GTD PRO with a 1m47.309s lap.

Maximilian Goetz was second in GTD, 0.039s shy of Thiim within the No. 32 Staff Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes-AMG, then Aaron Telitz (No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3), Russell Ward (No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG) and Kenny Habul (No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG).

Jack Hawksworth trailed Plumb by 0.131s to take the second-best time in GTD PRO driving the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus. David Pittard (No. 23 Coronary heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage), Tommy Milner (No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette) and Jordan Pepper (No. 63 Iron Lynx Lamborghini Huracan) rounded out the highest 5 in GTD PRO.

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