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Detroit IMSA: Derani on top again in second practice

Detroit IMSA: Derani on top again in second practice
May 31, 2019, 6:54 PM

Pipo Derani again drove Action Express Racing to the top of the times in the second practice session for Saturday's fifth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Detroit.

Derani’s best lap of 1min20.387sec in the #31 Cadillac DPi-V.R around the 2.35-mile Belle Isle course snipped another couple of tenths from his morning time, leaving him almost two seconds faster than his pole position from last year.

Yet he was only 0.119sec faster than his closest opposition Renger van der Zander in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac, and 0.223sec up on Helio Castroneves in the faster of Acura Team Penske’s ARX-05s.

Filipe Albuquerque in the second AXR Caddy was fourth, but half a second off his teammate, while the second Acura of Dane Cameron and Tristan Nunez’s #77 Mazda RT24-P were fifth and sixth.

Zacharie Robichon led the GT Daytona times for Park Place Motorsports, but was mere hundredths ahead of Christina Nielsen in the #57 Meyer Shank Racing Heinricher Racing Acura NSX, which set the pace this morning in Katherine Legge’s hands.

Bill Auberlen weaved the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 between the track’s concrete block-lined roads with panache to clock third, while Trent Hindman was fourth in the second NSX.

Jack Hawksworth clocked fifth in the #14 Lexus RC F run by AIM Vasser-Sullian, ahead of last year’s GTD pole-winner Bryan Sellers in the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan.

Compass Racing's McLaren 720S did not run in the session following its altercation with a JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillac in morning practice.

Session results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'20.387  
2 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'20.506 0.119
3 7 Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 1'20.610 0.223
4 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'20.886 0.499
5 6 United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
DPi Acura DPi 1'20.920 0.533
6 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 1'20.957 0.570
7 85 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'21.008 0.621
8 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi 1'21.161 0.774
9 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi 1'21.211 0.824
10 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'21.515 1.128
11 50 United States Will Owen
Brazil Victor Franzoni
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'22.419 2.032
12 73 United States Patrick Long
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'30.011 9.624
13 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'30.024 9.637
14 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'30.160 9.773
15 86 United States Trent Hindman
Germany Mario Farnbacher
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'30.180 9.793
16 14 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'30.197 9.810
17 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Ryan Hardwick
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'30.301 9.914
18 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'30.476 10.089
19 8 United States Parker Chase
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'30.672 10.285
20 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'30.799 10.412
21 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
GTD Mercedes-AMG 1'30.854 10.467
22 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'31.144 10.757
23 76 United States Paul Holton
United States Matt Plumb
GTD McLaren 720S GT3    
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Series IMSA
Event Detroit
Drivers Pipo Derani
Teams Action Express Racing
Author David Malsher-Lopez