Action Express leads first two Sebring 12 Hours practice sessions

The Action Express Racing team took an early stranglehold on Sebring 12 Hour proceedings as its two entries locked out both of Thursday's opening IMSA SportsCar Championship practice sessions

Action Express leads first two Sebring 12 Hours practice sessions

Dane Cameron lapped the 3.74-mile circuit in an unbeaten time of 1m52.447s in the morning's hour-long session in the #31 Chevrolet Corvette DP, 0.779 seconds clear of the #5 sister car.

That was piloted by Scott Pruett, who will race in both of the team's machines this weekend.

The Daytona-winning Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier wasn't far off the pace in third in the hands of Johannes van Overbeek in the morning, while Oswaldo Negri Jr set the fourth fastest time in Michael Shank Racing's own Ligier JSP2.

In the afternoon session Christian Fittipaldi's early lap of 1m53.850s meant it was the #5 car that ended second practice with the fastest time, while Pruett - this time in the #31 - rose to second once more with a fast lap in the final five minutes.

The #25 BMW Team RLL led the GT Le Mans field in the opening session, while in GT Daytona Jeroen Bleekemolen set the pace in the Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R, also in the morning session.

There was no repeat of the promising pace that the DeltaWing was able to display at Daytona, as its drivers struggled in the Floridian sunshine.

Katherine Legge was at the wheel of the DeltaWing-Elan/Mazda DW13 in the opening hour of practice but clouted the Turn 17 wall with 20 minutes of the session remaining, causing a red flag.

In the afternoon, Andy Meyrick could manage only the 11th-fastest time in the Prototype field, marginally quicker than Prototype Challenge pacesetter Jonathan Bennett in the #54 CORE Autosport ORECA FLM09.

LEADING PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 D.Cameron, E.Curran, S.Pruett Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m52.447s -
2 C.Fittipaldi, J.Barbosa, F.Albuquerque, S.Pruett Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m53.226s 0.779s
3 S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, P.Derani Tequila Patron ESM Ligier/HPD 1m53.312s 0.865s
4 J.Pew, O.Negri, O.Pla Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ligier/HPD 1m54.132s 1.685s
5 H.Hedman, N.Lapierre, N.Minassian DragonSpeed ORECA/Nissan 1m54.180s 1.733s
6 R.Taylor, J.Taylor, M.Angelelli, R.Barrichello Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m54.283s 1.836s
7 R.Dalziel, M.Goossens, R.H.-Reay Visit Florida Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m54.483s 2.036s
8 J.Bomarito, T.Nunez, S.Pigot Mazda Motorsports Lola/Mazda 1m55.091s 2.644s
9 J.Bennett, C.Braun, M.Wilkins CORE Autosport ORECA/Chevrolet 1m55.469s 3.022s
10 J.Miller, T.Long, B.Devlin, K.Ihara Mazda Motorsports Lola/Mazda 1m55.529s 3.082s

LEADING PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 C.Fittipaldi, J.Barbosa, F.Albuquerque, S.Pruett Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m53.850s -
2 D.Cameron, E.Curran, S.Pruett Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m54.283s 0.433s
3 C.de Quesada, D.Morad, C.Lawrence, D.Farnbacher Alegra Motorsports Riley/BMW 1m54.334s 0.484s
4 J.Pew, O.Negri, O.Pla Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ligier/HPD 1m54.428s 0.578s
5 R.Dalziel, M.Goossens, R.H.-Reay Visit Florida Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m54.581s 0.731s
6 H.Hedman, N.Lapierre, N.Minassian DragonSpeed ORECA/Nissan 1m54.701s 0.851s
7 J.Bomarito, T.Nunez, S.Pigot Mazda Motorsports Lola/Mazda 1m54.947s 1.097s
8 R.Taylor, J.Taylor, M.Angelelli, R.Barrichello Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m55.015s 1.165s
9 J.Miller, T.Long, B.Devlin, K.Ihara Mazda Motorsports Lola/Mazda 1m55.747s 1.897s
10 S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, P.Derani Tequila Patron ESM Ligier/HPD 1m55.972s 2.122s


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