Lime Rock IMSA: Porsches dominate both classes in FP3

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Lime Rock IMSA: Porsches dominate both classes in FP3
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
Jul 20, 2018, 10:12 PM

Porsche took top honors in third practice for IMSA’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock, as Patrick Pilet was almost half a second clear of the competition in GT Le Mans.

Pilet’s 911 RSR produced the best lap of the weekend by half a second – a 50.414sec tour of the 1.5-mile Lime Rock Park – and was 0.465sec clear of Dirk Muller’s best in the #66 Ford GT.

Jesse Krohn was third in one of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s BMW M8s, ahead of the second Porsche of Earl Bamber, which completed the most laps in the session [60].

Oliver Gavin was fifth for Corvette Racing ahead of the second Ford of Richard Westbrook.

In GT Daytona, Patrick Long’s best effort in the Wright Porsche 911 GT3 R was barely 0.3sec slower than Connor De Phillippi’s top time in the GTLM BMW, and was three tenths clear of the fastest of the two Acuras in second and third.

Bill Auberlen wound the BMW M6 up to a 52.252sec lap, a mere 0.003sec faster than Jeroen Bleekemolen’s Riley-run Mercedes.

The Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan, which missed session 2 due to its mechanical issues in the morning, clocked sixth fastest time in the hands of Bryan Sellers.

The 20-minute warm-up for qualifying begins tomorrow at 9.05am local [Eastern] time, with the qualifying session beginning at 9.35am. The 2hr40min race commences at 3.10pm.

Lime Rock, IMSA third practice

Pos.#DriversClassCarTimeGap
1 911 united_kingdom  Nick Tandy 
france  Patrick Pilet 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 50.414  
2 66 united_states  Joey Hand 
germany  Dirk Müller 
GTLM Ford GT 50.879 0.465
3 24 united_states  John Edwards 
finland  Jesse Krohn 
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 50.934 0.520
4 912 new_zealand  Earl Bamber 
belgium  Laurens Vanthoor 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 50.970 0.556
5 4 united_kingdom  Oliver Gavin 
united_states  Tommy Milner 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 51.120 0.706
6 67 australia  Ryan Briscoe 
united_kingdom  Richard Westbrook 
GTLM Ford GT 51.200 0.786
7 3 denmark  Jan Magnussen 
spain  Antonio Garcia 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 51.225 0.811
8 25 united_states  Connor de Phillippi 
united_kingdom  Alexander Sims 
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 51.429 1.015
9 58 united_states  Patrick Long 
denmark  Christina Nielsen 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 51.754 1.340
10 93 united_states  Justin Marks 
united_states  Lawson Aschenbach 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 52.051 1.637
11 86 portugal  Alvaro Parente 
united_kingdom  Katherine Legge 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 52.136 1.722
12 96 united_states  Bill Auberlen 
united_states  Robby Foley 
GTD BMW M6 GT3 52.252 1.838
13 33 netherlands  Jeroen Bleekemolen 
united_states  Ben Keating 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 52.255 1.841
14 48 united_states  Bryan Sellers 
united_states  Madison Snow 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 52.470 2.056
15 15 united_kingdom  Jack Hawksworth 
germany  Mario Farnbacher 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 52.519 2.105
16 14 canada  Kyle Marcelli 
austria  Dominik Baumann 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 52.634 2.220
17 44 united_states  Andy Lally 
united_states  John Potter 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 52.832 2.418
18 63 united_states  Cooper MacNeil 
united_states  Gunnar Jeannette 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 53.087 2.673
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Series IMSA
Event Lime Rock
Location Lime Rock Park
Drivers Patrick Pilet
Teams CORE autosport
Author David Malsher
Article type Practice report