Daytona 24 Hours: Castroneves’ late lap puts MSR top in second Roar practice
Meyer Shank Racing led an Acura 1-2 in the second Roar Before the 24 practice session, as defending Daytona 24 Hours race-winner Helio Castroneves took advantage of cool conditions and a clear track to grab top spot.
On his fifth lap of the session, Filipe Albuquerque in the #10 Acura ARX-06 of Wayne Taylor Racing beat the fastest lap that Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura, driven by Colin Braun, set in the morning session. A 1m35.580s around the 3.56-mile course put him some 1.6s ahead of his nearest opposition, which came from the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac V-LMDh and the two BMW M Hybrid V8s.
Albuquerque then raised the bar to 1m35.320s, and Earl Bamber’s Cadillac was 0.7s adrift, but still ahead of team-mate Scott Dixon in the #01 sister car.
Both of the CGR Cadillacs were displaced by Blomqvist once the MSR team had overcome issues with a pitlane speedlimiter that wouldn’t release, and he moved up into second behind the Wayne Taylor Racing Andretti Autosport team to complete an Acura 1-2.
This was spoiled by Dixon getting into second place, 0.265s from top spot, but Simon Pagenaud trimmed the MSR Acura’s deficit down to less than half a tenth before pitting.
His team-mate in IMSA and IndyCar Castroneves, did rather better than that, and moved to the top of the times with a 1m35.210s with under three minutes to go.
Thus Castroneves led an Acura 1-2 by 0.110s, he and Albuquerque sharing the three fastest sector times.
That left Dixon’s best Cadillac time some 0.375s adrift in third, although the six-time IndyCar champion was a similar distance ahead of the fastest of the Porsche Penske 963s, Michael Christensen’s #7 entry.
#01 Cadillac Racing Cadillac V-LMDh: Sebastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande, Scott Dixon
Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images
Bamber was barely half a tenth slower in the second Ganassi Cadillac, ahead of Sheldon van der Linde’s best effort in the quicker BMW, while Marco Wittmann was a further half a second adrift.
The second Porsche 963, shared by Mathieu Jaminet, Dane Cameron and Nick Tandy, turned only nine laps with technical issues that Cameron didn’t wish to share with IMSA Radio, but their late appearance on track was still enough time for Tandy and Jaminet to push the Action Express Racing Cadillac of Jack Aitken down to the bottom.
In LMP2, Matthieu Vaxiviere was the first driver in class to bust below the 100s barrier, setting a 1m39.835s on his fifth lap in the AF Corse machine, but then Ben Keating in the PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports entry went almost half a second quicker.
It took only until his third lap for Mikkel Jensen’s TDS Racing car to trim 0.64s from that to go fastest, and his 1m38.730s stood firm as the top time in class for the remainder of the session.
Vaxiviere trimmed a few hundredths from his best to take second, but was still 0.6s from Jensen, with Keating third. Christian Rasmussen was the fastest of Era Motorsport’s drivers to nab fourth ahead of Scott McLaughlin who again impressed in the Tower Motorsports entry.
Gabby Chaves in the Andretti Autosport Ligier eclipsed Felipe Fraga's early leading effort in LMP3 with a 1m42.926s, to take top spot for the majority of the session.
But former Daytona 24 Hours winner Joao Barbosa left it until the last minute to move the Sean Creech Motorsports car into second, 0.45s adrift, mere hundredths ahead of Fraga’s former benchmark.
#75 Sun Energy 1 Mercedes AMG GT3: Fabian Schiller, Axcil Jefferies
Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images
Fabian Schiller moved to the top of the table early on in the GTD Pro class, producing a 1m47.020s in the SunEnergy1 Mercedes AMG GT3, less than a tenth faster than Parker Thompson’s Lexus RC F run by Vasser Sullivan Racing.
Nicki Thiim in the Magnus Racing Aston Martin Vantage and Russell Ward’s Winward Racing Mercedes were third and fourth at this stage, this quartet all swifter than the fastest GTD Pro cars – the second Lexus driven by Jack Hawksworth and the Heart of Racing Aston piloted by Alex Riberas.
When Ben Barnicoat took over the #14 GTD Pro Lexus, it moved up to shade its sister car by half a tenth, albeit 0.02s off the SunEnergy1 car.
Luis Perez Companc moved AF Corse’s new Ferrari 296 GT3 into fifth in GTD ahead of Maxi Goetz’s Team Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes, while Mirko Bortolotti’s Iron Lynx Lamborghini Huracan was third of the GTD Pro runners.
Practice 3 runs for 90 minutes on Saturday, starting at 11:15am local time (4:15pm GMT).
Daytona 24 Hours - Roar before the 24 FP2 results
|1||60|| Tom Blomqvist
|2||10|| Ricky Taylor
|3||01|| Sébastien Bourdais
Renger van der Zande
|4||7|| Matt Campbell
|5||02|| Earl Bamber
|6||25|| Connor de Phillippi
Sheldon Van Der Linde
|GTP||BMW M Hybrid V8||50||1'36.032||0.822|
|7||24|| Philipp Eng
|GTP||BMW M Hybrid V8||43||1'36.547||1.337|
|8||6|| Mathieu Jaminet
|9||31|| Pipo Derani
Rinus van Kalmthout
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||47||1'38.730||3.520|
|11||88|| François Perrodo
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||43||1'39.341||4.131|
|12||52|| Ben Keating
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||45||1'39.372||4.162|
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||43||1'39.559||4.349|
|14||8|| John Farano
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||41||1'40.105||4.895|
|15||04|| George Kurtz
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||49||1'40.140||4.930|
|16||35|| François Heriau
Giedo van der Garde
Job Van Uitert
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||49||1'40.450||5.240|
|17||20|| Dennis Andersen
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||46||1'40.635||5.425|
|18||51|| Eric Lux
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||43||1'40.809||5.599|
|19||55|| Fred Poordad
|LMP2||ORECA LMP2 07||39||1'41.744||6.534|
|20||36|| Jarett Andretti
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||36||1'42.926||7.716|
|21||33|| Lance Willsey
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||37||1'43.375||8.165|
|22||74|| Gar Robinson
Glenn van Berlo
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||41||1'43.389||8.179|
|23||87|| Yu Kanamaru
|24||17|| Anthony Mantella
|25||13|| Orey Fidani
|26||85|| Till Bechtolsheimer
Tijmen van der Helm
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||29||1'45.468||10.258|
|LMP3||Ligier JS P320||34||1'46.152||10.942|
|29||75|| Fabian Schiller
|GTD||Mercedes AMG GT3||32||1'47.020||11.810|
|30||14|| Jack Hawksworth
|GTD PRO||Lexus RC F GT3||41||1'47.040||11.830|
|31||12|| Aaron Telitz
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||44||1'47.096||11.886|
|32||44|| John Potter
|GTD||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||40||1'47.166||11.956|
|33||57|| Russell Ward
|GTD||Mercedes AMG GT3||40||1'47.335||12.125|
|34||23|| Ross Gunn
|GTD PRO||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||33||1'47.561||12.351|
Luis Perez Companc
|GTD||Ferrari 296 GT3||38||1'47.575||12.365|
|36||32|| Mike Skeen
|GTD||Mercedes AMG GT3||41||1'47.575||12.365|
|GTD||McLaren 720S GT3||40||1'47.609||12.399|
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||31||1'47.676||12.466|
|39||63|| Andrea Caldarelli
Jordan Lee Pepper
|GTD PRO||Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2||40||1'47.735||12.525|
|40||79|| Cooper MacNeil
|GTD PRO||Mercedes AMG GT3||40||1'47.768||12.558|
|41||27|| Roman De Angelis
|GTD||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||38||1'47.794||12.584|
|42||023|| Onofrio Triarsi
|GTD||Ferrari 296 GT3||33||1'47.847||12.637|
|43||62|| Alessandro Pier Guidi
|GTD PRO||Ferrari 296 GT3||22||1'47.921||12.711|
|44||3|| Antonio Garcia
|GTD PRO||Corvette C8.R GTD||36||1'48.006||12.796|
|45||47|| Roberto Lacorte
|GTD||Ferrari 296 GT3||34||1'48.112||12.902|
|46||64|| Ted Giovanis
|GTD PRO||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||25||1'48.115||12.905|
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||41||1'48.135||12.925|
|48||78|| Mikhail Goikhberg
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2||38||1'48.322||13.112|
|49||42|| Don Yount
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2||42||1'48.381||13.171|
|50||83|| Rahel Frey
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2||39||1'48.578||13.368|
|51||96|| Patrick Gallagher
|GTD||BMW M4 GT3||34||1'48.695||13.485|
|52||19|| Raffaele Giammaria
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2||39||1'48.811||13.601|
|53||9|| Klaus Bachler
|GTD PRO||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||34||1'48.881||13.671|
|54||1|| Bryan Sellers
|GTD||BMW M4 GT3||40||1'49.028||13.818|
|55||95|| Bill Auberlen
|GTD PRO||BMW M4 GT3||43||1'49.405||14.195|
|56||77|| Alan Brynjolfsson
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||37||1'49.453||14.243|
|57||16|| Ryan Hardwick
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||36||1'49.599||14.389|
|58||92|| David Brule
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||34||1'49.701||14.491|
Kay van Berlo
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||40||1'49.762||14.552|
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||25||1'49.790||14.580|
|61||53|| Mark Kvamme
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||43||1'49.990||14.780|
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