Daytona 24 Hours: DeltaWing leads practice with Katherine Legge

The DeltaWing topped the only dry session of the Daytona 24 Hours build-up in the hands of Katherine Legge

Daytona 24 Hours: DeltaWing leads practice with Katherine Legge

The DeltaWing-Elan/Mazda DWC13 went fastest with Andy Meyrick and Sean Rayhall at the wheel over the course of the one-hour Friday free practice period before Legge posted a 1m38.590s.

That put the Panoz DeltaWing Racing entry three tenths up on Olivier Pla's second-placed time of 1m39.745s aboard the Michael Shank Racing Ligier-Honda JSP2.

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Third place was taken by Johannes van Overbeek in the Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier-Honda with a 1m39.745s.

The fastest Daytona Prototype was the Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-Chevrolet Corvette DP in which Max Angelelli set a 1m40.557s to take fifth position on the timesheets.

The pole-winning SMP Racing BRE-Nissan BR01 stopped on circuit with an engine problem early in a session interrupted by two red flags.

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The GT Le Mans field was led by Bill Auberlen in the best of the Rahal BMW M6 GTLMs.

His time of 1m44.966s put him ahead of team-mate Lucas Luhr, who ended up on a 1m45.199s.

Alessandro Pier Guidi was third fastest in class in Scuderia Corsa's Ferrari 488 GTE on a 1m45.232s.

Earl Bamber took fourth in the quickest of the CORE-run factory Porsche 911 RSRs.

Tom Kimber-Smith was fastest in the Prototype Challenge class for the PR1/Mathiasen squad and Jorg Bergmeister quickest in GTD aboard the pole-winning Park Place Porsche 911 GT3-R.

LEADING PRACTICE FOUR TIMES:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 P K.Legge, S.Rayhall, A.Meyrick, A.Wirth Panoz DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing/Elan 1m38.590s -
2 P J.Pew, O.Negri, A.Allmendinger, O.Pla Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ligier/HPD 1m38.881s 0.291s
3 P S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, P.Derani Tequila Patron ESM Ligier/HPD 1m39.745s 1.155s
4 P J.Bomarito, T.Nunez, S.Pigot Mazda Motorsports Lola/Mazda 1m40.376s 1.786s
5 P R.Taylor, J.Taylor, M.Angelelli, R.Barrichello Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m40.557s 1.967s
6 P C.Fittipaldi, J.Barbosa, F.Albuquerque, S.Pruett Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m40.601s 2.011s
7 P L.Stroll, A.Wurz, B.Hartley, A.Priaulx Chip Ganassi Racing Riley/Ford 1m40.767s 2.177s
8 P S.Dixon, T.Kanaan, J.McMurray, K.Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Riley/Ford 1m40.813s 2.223s
9 P J.Miller, T.Long, B.Devlin Mazda Motorsports Lola/Mazda 1m41.433s 2.843s
10 P D.Cameron, E.Curran, S.Pagenaud, J.Adam Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m41.543s 2.953s

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