Long Beach IMSA: Acura edges Cadillac in final practice

Helio Castroneves put his Acura Team Penske ARX-05 at the top of the times in the second practice session for the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach ahead of qualifying.

Long Beach IMSA: Acura edges Cadillac in final practice

The Brazilian wheeled the #7 Acura to a best time of 1min11.918sec, just 0.019sec ahead of a late effort from former Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr in the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Jonathan Bomarito in the Mazda RT24-P was third, followed by the second AXR Caddy of Joao Barbosa, who left it late to edge Colin Braun down to fifth in the CORE autosport Nissan DPi.

Juan Pablo Montoya was 0.325sec off teammate Castroneves in sixth in the second of the Acuras, ahead of Misha Goikhberg in the Cadillac of JDC-Miller Motorsports.

In GT Le Mans, Oliver Gavin sprung the #4 Corvette C7.R to the top of the times with a 1min17.023sec, before he was demoted by the Porsche 911 RSRs of Laurens Vanthoor and Nick Tandy.

Bamber ended up with the faster time in the #912 car with a 1m16.710s, 0.234s up on Tandy.

Fourth place was the faster Ford GT of Sebastien Bourdais, who is subbing for the unwell Joey Hand in the #66 car, followed by the second Corvette and the two BMW M8 GTEs.

Practice times:

Pos. Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 7 Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 1'11.918  
2 31 Brazil Pipo Derani
Brazil Felipe Nasr
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'11.937 0.019
3 55 United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United States Jonathan Bomarito
DPi Mazda DPi 1'11.968 0.050
4 5 Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Portugal Joao Barbosa
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'12.125 0.207
5 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi 1'12.129 0.211
6 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 1'12.243 0.325
7 85 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'12.322 0.404
8 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 1'12.504 0.586
9 10 United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'12.727 0.809
10 50 United States Kyle Kaiser
United States Will Owen
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'12.806 0.888
11 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'13.252 1.334
12 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'16.710 4.792
13 911 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Patrick Pilet
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'16.944 5.026
14 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 1'17.023 5.105
15 66 France Sébastien Bourdais
Germany Dirk Muller 
GTLM Ford GT 1'17.322 5.404
16 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 1'17.443 5.525
17 24 United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'17.570 5.652
18 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'17.704 5.786
19 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 1'17.816 5.898
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