Derani quickest overall as Roar Before the Rolex 24 testing concludes

Brazilian impresses all weekend in team, Daytona debut.

Derani quickest overall as Roar Before the Rolex 24 testing concludes
#2 Extreme Speed Motorsports Honda HPD Ligier JS P2: Scott Sharp, Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek, Pipo Derani, #37 SMP Racing BR01 Nissan: Maurizio Mediani, Nicolas Minassian, Mikhail Aleshin, Kiriil Ladygin
#5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP: Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque, Scott Pruett
#60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2 Honda: John Pew, Oswaldo Negri, A.J. Allmendinger, Olivier Pla
#37 SMP Racing BR01 Nissan: Maurizio Mediani, Nicolas Minassian, Mikhail Aleshin, Kiriil Ladygin
#0 Panoz DeltaWing Racing DWC13: Katherine Legge, Andy Meyrick, Sean Rayhall, Andreas Wirth
#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley DP Ford: Lance Stroll, Alexander Wurz, Brendon Hartley, Andy Priaulx
#54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09: Jon Bennett, Colin Braun, Mark Wilkins, Martin Plowman
#4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fässler
#100 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM: Lucas Luhr, John Edwards, Kuno Wittmer, Graham Rahal
#22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 991 GT3 R: Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen, David MacNeil, Gunnar Jeannette
#6 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT3: Andrew Davis, Robin Liddell, Lawson Aschenbach, Matt Bell
#33 Riley Motorsports SRT Viper GT3-R: Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Marc Miller, Dominik Farnbacher
#66 Ford Performance Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Sébastien Bourdais, Joey Hand, Dirk Müller

Brazilian driver Pipo Derani stole the headlines and the thunder in the final session of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test, capping off an impressive debut weekend with his team and at Daytona International Speedway.

Derani set a 1:39.249 during the final session in the No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda, which was almost two tenths clear of Ozz Negri to stand as the best lap of the weekend at the 3.56-mile circuit.

It’s Derani’s first time at Daytona, ahead of his WeatherTech Championship debut later this month in the Rolex 24 at Daytona itself.

Shank not far behind

Negri’s best lap of the weekend was a 1:39.438 in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda, while teammate Olivier Pla ended both Friday and Saturday quickest overall. Shank’s car still ended fastest in four of the seven sessions.

Most of the weekend’s fastest times came on Sunday, with several other teams dipping into the 1:39 range.

Six cars did so in Sunday morning’s sixth session, including the SMP Racing BR Engineering BR01 Nissan, both Mazda Prototypes, and the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing and No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DPs.

The DeltaWing DWC13 coupe joined them in the 1:39 bracket Sunday afternoon, with Andy Meyrick posting a 1:39.975 near the end of the final session.

P2 vs. DP

Overall, the top eight cars ended in the 1:39 range for the weekend, and the top five cars were LMP2-spec cars. After the two Ligier JS P2 Hondas, the two Mazdas and the BR01 Nissan completed the top five.

Cars that will look to improve from this Roar test are the pair of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Fords and the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP. Ganassi’s No. 01 and No. 02 car had an incident apiece during the weekend, while the Visit Florida entry fought through engine and gearbox issues.

Jack Hawksworth ended fastest in Prototype Challenge for the weekend, with a best time of 1:42.118 in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09 coming in the final session of the weekend.

CORE autosport led three sessions while Starworks led two others and PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports one.

Corvette the strongest of the GTLM class

GT Le Mans saw a good amount of variety at the top of the leaderboard throughout the weekend.

Corvette Racing led three sessions, BMW Team RLL three and Scuderia Corsa one, while Ford Chip Ganassi Racing was within one or two tenths of the leaders in nearly all sessions.

Ultimately, Lucas Luhr’s 1:45.088 in the No. 100 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM stood as the fastest time of the weekend in class. Best times ran between 1:45.088 and 1:45.266 in six of the seven sessions; only in the Saturday evening session was the best time outside of that two-tenth window.

The pair of Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSRs slotted in further back, albeit rarely more than three to five tenths off the leaders in any session.

Close field in GTD

Four different manufacturers led GT Daytona during the weekend, with Leh Keen setting the fastest time of the weekend in the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R Sunday morning at 1:47.852.

Damien Faulkner impressed in the Sunday afternoon session with 1:47.960 in the No. 93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R, which was the only other session-leading time in the 1:47 range.

Stevenson Motorsports snuck up to second in the final session with its No. 6 Audi R8 LMS, being driven by all four of its full-season drivers, with a best time of 1:48.018.

Other class-leading entries during the weekend included the No. 540 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, No. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, No. 28 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 and No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3.

After a chaotic opening day of practice that saw several marquee entries encounter issues, the test calmed during Saturday’s and Sunday’s sessions, with fewer incidents.

The only incident of note on Sunday occurred during the morning session, with Dirk Mueller going off and sustaining minor nose damage to the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. The car returned to the track in the afternoon with a new nose assembly.

CLICK HERE to see complete session results from the Roar Before the 24 testing.

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