Sebring 12 Hours: Taylor’s Acura on top in night practice

Ricky Taylor put the #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 at the top of the times in the third practice session for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale.

Taylor lapped the 3.74-mile airport course in 1min48.358sec, to go 0.177sec faster than Pipo Derani’s Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. This was despite Taylor’s teammate Helio Castroneves requiring a new nose on the car after a minor brush with a tire wall.

Mazda’s enduro ‘third man’ Olivier Pla turned the #77 Mazda RT24-P’s fastest time, just 0.082sec behind Derani and 0.223sec ahead of Ryan Briscoe in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy, with Dane Cameron fifth fastest in the second Acura albeit almost 1sec off its pace-setting sister car.

Mikkel Jensen put Starworks at the head of the LMP2 class, two seconds ahead of PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ Simon Trummer and 2.3 ahead of the Inter Europol machine of Naveen Rao.

The Porsche 911s maintained their dominance of GT Le Mans this weekend, Nick Tandy lapping 0.030sec than teammate Laurens Vanthoor, with Connor De Phillippi’s BMW M8 in third. Oliver Gavin had a minor off in the #4 Corvette C8.R but was only 0.65sec off top time in class.

Franck Perera kept the Grasser Racing Team at the top of the GT Daytona class, with a 2min02.510sec lap in the Lamborghini Huracan, but Lawson Aschenbach’s Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 was just 0.13sec behind and only one-tenth faster than Ian James in the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage.

Nick Yelloly, who is subbing for Bill Auberlen in the Turner Motorsports BMW M6, was an impressive sixth fastest despite zero previous experience of the track.

Qualifying for the Sebring 12 Hours begins at 10.15am local time on Friday.

cla num drivers class car laps time gap int mph
1 7  Hélio Castroneves
 Ricky Taylor
 Alexander Rossi
DPi Acura DPi 33 1’48.358     124.255
2 31  Luiz Felipe Nasr
 Luis Felipe Derani
 Gabby Chaves
DPi Cadillac DPi 43 1’48.535 0.177 0.177 124.052
3 77  Oliver Jarvis
 Tristan Nunez
 Olivier Pla
DPi Mazda DPi 36 1’48.617 0.259 0.082 123.958
4 10  Renger van der Zande
 Ryan Briscoe
 Scott Dixon
DPi Cadillac DPi 32 1’48.840 0.482 0.223 123.705
5 6  Juan Pablo Montoya
 Dane Cameron
 Simon Pagenaud
DPi Acura DPi 30 1’49.280 0.922 0.440 123.206
6 5  Sebastien Bourdais
 Tristan Vautier
 Loïc Duval
DPi Cadillac DPi 30 1’49.379 1.021 0.099 123.095
7 55  Jonathan Bomarito
 Harry Tincknell
 Ryan Hunter-Reay
DPi Mazda DPi 36 1’49.449 1.091 0.070 123.016
8 85  Matheus Leist
 Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 36 1’49.615 1.257 0.166 122.830
9 8  John Farano
 Mikkel Jensen
 David Heinemeier Hansson
(LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 40 1’50.127 1.769 0.512 122.259
10 52 Patrick Kelly
 Simon Trummer
 Scott Huffaker
(LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 42 1’52.063 3.705 1.936 120.147
11 51  Jakub Smiechowski
 Naveen Rao
 Matthew Bell
(LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 35 1’52.412 4.054 0.349 119.774
12 38  Don Yount
 Patrick Byrne
 Guy Cosmo
(LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 28 1’56.019 7.661 3.607 116.050
13 911  Nick Tandy
 Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR – 19 39 1’58.170 9.812 2.151 113.938
14 912  Earl Bamber
 Laurens Vanthoor
 Neel Jani
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR – 19 41 1’58.200 9.842 0.030 113.909
15 25  Bruno Spengler
 Connor de Phillippi
 Colton Herta
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 39 1’58.461 10.103 0.261 113.658
16 3  Antonio Garcia
 Jordan Taylor
 Nicky Catsburg
GTLM Corvette C8.R 35 1’58.537 10.179 0.076 113.585
17 24  Jesse Krohn
 John Edwards
 Augusto Farfus
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 42 1’58.677 10.319 0.140 113.451
18 4  Oliver Gavin
 Tommy Milner
 Marcel Fässler
GTLM Corvette C8.R 34 1’58.819 10.461 0.142 113.315
19 11  Richard Heistand
 Steijn Schothorst
 Franck Perera
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 35 2’02.510 14.152 3.691 109.901
20 74  Gar Robinson
 Lawson Aschenbach
 Marc Miller
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 29 2’02.640 14.282 0.130 109.785
21 23  Ian James
 Roman De Angelis
 Darren Turner
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 33 2’02.738 14.380 0.098 109.697
22 30  Rob Ferriol
 Andrew Davis
 Pierre Kaffer
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 37 2’02.834 14.476 0.096 109.611
23 63  Cooper MacNeil
 Alessandro Balzan
 Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 31 2’02.903 14.545 0.069 109.550
24 96  Bill Auberlen
 Robby Foley
 Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 33 2’02.945 14.587 0.042 109.512
25 16  Ryan Hardwick
 Patrick Long
 Jan Heylen
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 37 2’02.963 14.605 0.018 109.496
26 86  Mario Farnbacher
 Matthew McMurry
 Shinya Michimi
GTD Acura NSX GT3 29 2’03.136 14.778 0.173 109.343
27 14  Jack Hawksworth
 Aaron Telitz
 Kyle Kirkwood
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 38 2’03.191 14.833 0.055 109.294
28 12  Frankie Montecalvo
 Townsend Bell
 Michael de Quesada
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 41 2’03.316 14.958 0.125 109.183
29 44  Andy Lally
 John Potter
 Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 21 2’03.492 15.134 0.176 109.027
30 48  Bryan Sellers
 Madison Snow
 Corey Lewis
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 28 2’03.764 15.406 0.272 108.788
31 57  Trent Hindman
 Mikhail Goikhberg
 Joey Hand
GTD Acura NSX GT3 32 2’03.993 15.635 0.229 108.583


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