Watkins Glen IMSA: Cameron keeps MSR Acura on top in FP2

Dane Cameron ensured that Meyer Shank Racing led an Acura 1-2 in second practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

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Cameron lapped the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen course in 1min30.451sec, 0.231sec faster than Ricky Taylor’s best effort in the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05.

Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani was a further 0.2sec adrift in the best of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, a similar distance ahead of Renger van der Zande’s Chip Ganassi Racing’s similar car.

Oliver Jarvis set the Mazda RT24-P’s best time in fifth, although it was 0.76sec off top sport, albeit ahead of two more Cadillacs – AXR’s extra entry, to be driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Simon Pagenaud and Jimmie Johnson, and the Sebring 12 Hours winner, the JDC-Miller MotorSports machine.

Mikkel Jensen topped LMP2 in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport entry ahead of the Era Motorsport machine of Ryan Dalziel, with Tower Motorsport and United Autosports third and fourth.

Steven Thomas caused a red flag when his WIN Autosport LMP2 entry hit both the barriers and the GTD Pfaff Porsche 911 at Turn 8 after locking up his rear brakes. The car rejoined the action but it suffered a rear wing issue.

In LMP3, the Felipe Fraga/Scott Andrews/Gar Robinson-driven Riley Motorsports Ligier led Oliver Askew in the Andretti Autosport entry, followed by United Autosports and the second Riley car of Jeroen Bleekemolen.

The GT Le Mans field is once more boosted by the presence of the BMW team for this third enduro of the IMSA season, and it was the #25 M8 GTE of Connor De Phillippi, Bruno Spengler and Philipp Eng which topped the class, 0.125sec ahead of Antonio Garcia’s best effort in the #3 Corvette C8.R.

Their respective teammates John Edwards and Nick Tandy were third and fourth, with Cooper MacNeil fifth in the WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19.

There wasn’t a hope of any GT Daytona rival getting close to Indy Lights ace Kyle Kirkwood’s best time of 1min45.156sec in the #14 Vasser Sullivan Racing Lexus RC F, Robby Foley coming closest in the Turner Motorsport BMW M6, recovered from its driveline issues yesterday but almost 0.75sec off top spot.

Newest Wright Motorsports member Trent Hindman turned the best time for the #16 Porsche 911 GT3 R but was a second off P1, but ahead of Billy Johnson’s Alegra Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, with the second Lexus next up ahead of the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage.

The returning NTe Sport Audi R8 was an impressive seventh fastest in the hands of Markus Palttala.

Qualifying begins at 11.50am local (Eastern) time.

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 60 United States Dane Cameron
France Olivier Pla
DPi Acura DPi 1'30.451  
2 10 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United States Alexander Rossi
DPi Acura DPi 1'30.682 0.231
3 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'30.893 0.442
4 01 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'31.085 0.634
5 55 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United States Jonathan Bomarito
DPi Mazda DPi 1'31.211 0.760
6 48 United States Jimmie Johnson
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
France Simon Pagenaud
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'31.377 0.926
7 5 France Tristan Vautier
France Loic Duval
France Sébastien Bourdais
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'31.757 1.306
8 52 United States Ben Keating
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
United States Scott Huffaker
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'33.941 3.490
9 18 United States Dwight Merriman
United Kingdom Kyle Tilley
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'34.901 4.450
10 8 Canada John Farano
France Gabriel Aubry
United States James French
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'35.091 4.640
11 22 James McGuire
United Kingdom Wayne Boyd
United Kingdom Guy Smith
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'35.888 5.437
12 11 United States Thomas Steven
United States Tristan Nunez
United States Thomas Merrill
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.366 8.915
13 74 United States Gar Robinson
Brazil Felipe Fraga
Australia Scott Andrews
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'39.937 9.486
14 36 United States Jarett Andretti
United States Oliver Askew
United States Marco Andretti
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'40.718 10.267
15 2 Niklas Kruetten
Edouard Cauhaupe
United States Austin McCusker
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'41.657 11.206
16 91 United States Jim Cox
United States Dylan Murry
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'41.886 11.435
17 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
Austria Philipp Eng
Canada Bruno Spengler
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'41.977 11.526
18 3 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'42.102 11.651
19 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States George Kurtz
United States Colin Braun
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'42.176 11.725
20 24 United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
Brazil Augusto Farfus
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'42.273 11.822
21 4 United States Tommy Milner
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'42.319 11.868
22 38 Sweden Rasmus Lindh
Guatemala Mateo Llarena
Dan Goldburg
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'42.451 12.000
23 79 United States Cooper MacNeil
France Mathieu Jaminet
Australia Matt Campbell
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 1'43.146 12.695
24 84 Theodor Olsen
Dominic Cicero
United Kingdom Ben Devlin
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'43.842 13.391
25 14 United States Aaron Telitz
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
United States Kyle Kirkwood
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'45.156 14.705
26 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
Australia Aidan Read
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'45.898 15.447
27 16 United States Patrick Long
Belgium Jan Heylen
United States Trent Hindman
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'46.193 15.742
28 28 Canada Daniel Morad
United States Michael de Quesada
United States Billy Johnson
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'46.304 15.853
29 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Zach Veach
United States Robert Megennis
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'46.380 15.929
30 23 Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
United Kingdom Ian James
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'46.608 16.157
31 42 United States Don Yount
United States Jaden Conwright
Finland Markus Palttala
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'46.698 16.247
32 19 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Franck Perera
Germany Tim Zimmermann
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'46.746 16.295
33 75 Australia Kenny Habul
Canada Mikael Grenier
Germany Maro Engel
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'46.794 16.343
34 1 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
United States Corey Lewis
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'46.821 16.370
35 39 United States Richard Heistand
United States Jeff Westphal
Tyler McQuarrie
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'46.823 16.372
36 9 Canada Zacharie Robichon
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Germany Lars Kern
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'47.055 16.604
37 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'47.288 16.837
38 88 United States Rob Ferriol
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
United States Andrew Davis
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'47.366 16.915
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