Negri fastest in second free practice for Daytona 24 Hours

Oswaldo Negri Jr topped the second free practice session of the day ahead of qualifying for the Daytona 24 Hours

Negri fastest in second free practice for Daytona 24 Hours

Oswaldo Negri Jr topped the second free practice session of the day ahead of qualifying for the Daytona 24 Hours.

Driving the Michael Shank Racing Ligier-Honda JSP2, he lapped 0.642 seconds faster than second-fastest Joao Barbosa could manage in the Action Express Coyote-Chevrolet Corvette DP.

Olivier Pla, driving the Krohn Racing Ligier-Judd/BMW was third fastest, nine tenths off the pace, with Richard Westbrook putting the Spirit of Daytona Coyote-Chevrolet Corvette DP fourth fastest.

Joey Hand was fifth fastest in the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford Ecoboost DP. Ricky Taylor was a tenth further behind in the Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-Chevrolet Corvette DP.

The fastest seven cars were covered by 1.555s, completed by Max Papis going seventh fastest in the second Action Express Coyote.

Five prototype-class cars failed to complete a lap, with the DeltaWing again sitting out the session as a result of a gearbox problem detected during morning practice.

It is hoped that the car will be out for qualifying later on Thursday.

Gianmaria Bruni was fastest in GTLM driving the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, 0.370s faster than Oliver Gavin in the lead Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.

As in the first session, the GTLM field was incredibly close, with Jan Magnussen third fastest in the second Corvette and of the Risi Competitzione Ferrari driven by Pierre Kaffer.

CORE Autosport driver Colin Braun set the pace in the Prototype Challenge class ahead of Johnny Mowlem, while in GT Daytona Jeroen Bleekemolen's Dodge Viper SRT was quickest.

Qualifying takes place later in the afternoon, with each of the four classes given their own session.

LEADING PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 P J.Pew, O.Negri, A.Allmendinger, M.McMurry Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ligier/HPD 1m39.629s -
2 P J.Barbosa, C.Fittipaldi, S.Bourdais Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m40.271s 0.642s
3 P T.Krohn, O.Pla, N.Jonsson, A.Brundle Krohn Racing Ligier/Judd 1m40.548s 0.919s
4 P R.Westbrook, M.Valiante, M.Rockenfeller, G.Cosmo visitflorida.com Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m40.761s 1.132s
5 P S.Pruett, J.Hand, C.Kimball, S.Karam Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley/Ford 1m40.771s 1.142s
6 P J.Taylor, R.Taylor, M.Angelelli Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m40.884s 1.255s
7 P E.Curran, D.Cameron, M.Papis, P.Keen Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1m41.184s 1.555s
8 P S.Dixon, T.Kanaan, K.Larson, J.McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley/Ford 1m42.278s 2.649s
9 PC J.Bennett, C.Braun, M.Wilkins, J.Gue CORE Autosport ORECA/Chevrolet 1m42.877s 3.248s
10 P E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.Fogarty Tequila Patron ESM HPD 1m43.027s 3.398s


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