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.

ANALYSIS: 10 things to watch in the Daytona 24 Hours

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.

QUALIFYING REPORT: Pole for Aleshin but Tandy's GT Porsche fastest

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

shares
comments
Daytona 24 Hours: Aleshin on pole for SMP, GT Porsches fastest
Previous article

Daytona 24 Hours: Aleshin on pole for SMP, GT Porsches fastest

Next article

Daytona 24 Hours: 10 things to watch

Daytona 24 Hours: 10 things to watch
The big question concerning IMSA's new LMDh cars on their debut Plus

The big question concerning IMSA's new LMDh cars on their debut

The new LMDh era finally begins in earnest this weekend with the IMSA SportsCar Championship curtain-raiser at Daytona. The prospect of multiple marques going all guns blazing for victory over 24 hours is a salivating one for fans of sportscar racing, but what are the chances of the new hybrid machines (known as GTP cars Stateside) proving reliable enough to win on debut?

IMSA
Jan 27, 2023
Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return Plus

Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return

Much like German OEM rival Porsche, BMW's absence from sportscar racing’s top flight will be ended this weekend when a pair of M Hybrid V8 prototypes make their debut in the Daytona 24 Hours. A programme focused on the IMSA SportsCar Championship for now will expand to the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans next year, in a sign of both its ambition and pragmatism

IMSA
Jan 26, 2023
How Porsche and Penske are gearing up for sportscar racing's bold new era Plus

How Porsche and Penske are gearing up for sportscar racing's bold new era

Porsche and Penske have teamed up to tackle the world's biggest sportscar races in 2023 with the new 963 LMDh car. Autosport was on hand at the recent Daytona test to hear from key players in the partnership as it prepares for dual campaigns across the IMSA SportsCar Championship and World Endurance Championship

IMSA
Jan 5, 2023
The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right Plus

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Nyck de Vries’s Italian GP exploits weren’t the first post-eleventh-hour call-up in motorsport history, and won’t be the last either. Here are some offbeat tales from the past

General
Dec 26, 2022
The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age Plus

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

The organisers of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship worked together to devise the popular new LMDh rule set. But to turn it from an idea into reality, some serious compromises were involved - both from the prospective LMDh entrants and those with existing Le Mans Hypercar projects...

IMSA
Nov 25, 2022
How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Plus

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, were voted as Autosport's greatest sportscar in 2020 - here's why

WEC
Aug 25, 2022
Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes Plus

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2022
The British pair at the heart of Lexus's IMSA push Plus

The British pair at the heart of Lexus's IMSA push

Have you heard the one about two northerners driving for a Japanese manufacturer in America’s top sportscar series? Time to sit down and talk with Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat about racing across the pond… and your accent being mistaken for Australian

IMSA
Mar 16, 2022