Daytona 24 Hours: Cadillacs dominate first practice

The all-new DPi Cadillacs topped the first practice session for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, with Christian Fittipaldi setting the pace for Action Express Racing.

Daytona 24 Hours: Cadillacs dominate first practice
#5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque
#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi: Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli, Jeff Gordon
#31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Eric Curran, Dane Cameron, Seb Morris, Mike Conway
#81 Dragonspeed ORECA 07: Henrik Hedman, Nicolas Lapierre, Ben Hanley
#66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Dirk Müller, Joey Hand, Sébastien Bourdais
Laurens Vanthoor, Porsche Team North America Porsche
#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3: Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Sam Bird, Matteo Cressoni

The top class of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship is a DPi versus LMP2 battle for 2017, and Fittipaldi’s Cadillac DPi lapped the Daytona road course in 1m38.196s, 0.796s ahead of the Wayne Taylor Racing version of Ricky Taylor. That car features NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon in its lineup this weekend.

Michael Conway was third quickest in the second Action Express car, with the leading LMP2 being the DragonSpeed Oreca of former GP2 star Ben Hanley, 2.16s off the fastest Cadillac’s pace.

Mathias Beche was fifth fastest in the JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca, ahead of the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport Ligier of Tom Kimber-Smith. Former WEC champion Brendon Hartley was seventh in the fastest of the ESM Nissans.

Ford’s Olivier Pla set the GTLM pace, just a few hundredths of a second ahead of Porsche newcomer Laurens Vanthoor in the all-new mid-engined 911 RSR. Vanthoor was two tenths clear of the second of four Ford GTs, driven by Joey Hand, and Tony Vilander was fourth fastest for Ferrari.

Alessandro Balzan set the GTD pace in his Ferrari 488, ahead of the Lamborghini of Christian Englehart.

The PC class was led by Gustavo Yacaman for BAR1 Motorsports.

There were no major problems during the session, although it did end under a red flag in the closing seconds.

Daytona 24 Hours first practice times

PosDriversClassChassisTimeGap
1 brazil  Christian Fittipaldi 
portugal  Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal  Joao Barbosa 
P Cadillac DPi 1'38.196  
2 united_states  Jeff Gordon 
united_states  Jordan Taylor 
united_states  Ricky Taylor 
italy  Max Angelelli 
P Cadillac DPi 1'38.992 0.796
3 united_kingdom  Mike Conway 
united_states  Dane Cameron 
united_states  Eric Curran 
united_kingdom  Seb Morris 
P Cadillac DPi 1'40.019 1.823
4 france  Loic Duval 
france  Nicolas Lapierre 
sweden  Henrik Hedman 
united_kingdom  Ben Hanley 
P ORECA 1'40.356 2.160
5 switzerland  Mathias Beche 
canada  Mikhail Goikhberg 
united_states  Chris Miller 
south_africa  Stephen Simpson 
P ORECA 1'40.396 2.200
6 united_states  R.C. Enerson 
united_kingdom  Tom Kimber-Smith 
mexico  Jose Gutierrez 
united_states  Mike Guasch 
P Ligier 1'40.534 2.338
7 brazil  Bruno Senna 
new_zealand  Brendon Hartley 
united_states  Ed Brown 
united_states  Johannes van Overbeek 
P Nissan DPi 1'40.883 2.687
8 france  Stéphane Sarrazin 
germany  Nick Heidfeld 
switzerland  Sébastien Buemi 
switzerland  Neel Jani 
P ORECA 1'41.002 2.806
9 germany  René Rast 
belgium  Marc Goossens 
netherlands  Renger van der Zande 
P Multimatic/Riley 1'41.476 3.280
10 united_states  Spencer Pigot 
united_states  Jonathan Bomarito 
united_states  Tristan Nunez 
P Mazda DPi 1'41.771 3.575
11 canada  James Hinchcliffe 
united_states  Tom Long 
united_states  Joel Miller 
P Mazda DPi 1'42.130 3.934
12 new_zealand  Brendon Hartley 
brazil  Pipo Derani 
united_states  Scott Sharp 
united_kingdom  Ryan Dalziel 
P Nissan DPi 1'43.033 4.837
13 colombia  Gustavo Yacaman 
united_states  Don Yount 
united_states  Mark Kvamme 
united_states  Chapman Ducote 
united_states  Buddy Rice 
PC ORECA FLM09 1'43.668 5.472
14 china  David Cheng 
united_kingdom  Johnny Mowlem 
united_states  Adam Merzon 
united_states  Trent Hindman 
united_states  Tom Papadopoulos 
PC ORECA FLM09 1'44.201 6.005
15 germany  Stefan Mücke 
france  Olivier Pla 
united_states  Billy Johnson 
GTLM Ford GT 1'44.755 6.559
16 austria  Richard Lietz 
france  Kevin Estre 
belgium  Laurens Vanthoor 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'44.784 6.588
17 france  Sébastien Bourdais 
united_states  Joey Hand 
germany  Dirk Müller 
GTLM Ford GT 1'44.946 6.750
18 italy  Giancarlo Fisichella 
united_kingdom  James Calado 
finland  Toni Vilander 
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 1'45.023 6.827
19 united_kingdom  Harry Tincknell 
brazil  Tony Kanaan 
guernsey  Andy Priaulx 
GTLM Ford GT 1'45.116 6.920
20 france  Patrick Pilet 
france  Frédéric Makowiecki 
germany  Dirk Werner 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'45.127 6.931
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