IMSA Mid-Ohio: Castroneves leads van der Zande in FP2

Acura Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves was fastest in second practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Mid-Ohio, ahead of Wayne Taylor Racing's Renger van der Zande.

IMSA Mid-Ohio: Castroneves leads van der Zande in FP2
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Castroneves’ Acura ARX-05 lapped the 2.258-mile course in 1min11.395sec, almost two tenths of a second quicker than van der Zande's Cadillac DPi-V.R, and precisely 0.25sec faster than Dane Cameron in the second Acura.

Half a second behind was Pipo Derani of Action Express Racing, ahead of the two Mazda RT24-Ps which were over 0.4sec apart.

Sebastien Bourdais was fastest JDC-Miller Cadillac driver, but compatriot Gabriel Aubry – Tristan Vautier’s co-driver for the weekend – did well to end up a mere 0.014sec slower, although this was partly due to Barbosa replacing Bourdais when the track was at its quickest.

Antonio Garcia headed up Corvette Racing’s challenge to top the four-car GT Le Mans class, a quarter second faster than teammate Oliver Gavin in the #4 C8.R. The BMW M8s were 0.38 and 0.59sec slower.

The AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RCFs finished the GT Daytona session in first and second, Aaron Telitz’s 1min20.465sec lap remaining unbeaten despite the best efforts of his teammates. Frankie Montecalvo was 0.289sec slower, but was a greater margin than that ahead of home team Meyer Shank Racing, for whom Matt McMurry was third fastest in the #86 car.

Just 0.005sec slower than that was Robby Foley in the Turner Motorsports BMW M6, but also within a 0.15sec of McMurry was Ryan Hardwick in the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, Spencer Pumpelly’s Hardpoint Audi R8 (which missed yesterday’s practice) and Paul Holton’s Compass Racing McLaren 720S.

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 7 Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 36 1'11.395  
2 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Australia Ryan Briscoe
DPi Cadillac DPi 37 1'11.587 0.192
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 31 1'11.645 0.250
4 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 36 1'11.898 0.503
5 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi 37 1'12.009 0.614
6 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 37 1'12.470 1.075
7 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa
France Sébastien Bourdais
DPi Cadillac DPi 35 1'12.540 1.145
8 85 France Tristan Vautier
France Gabriel Aubry
DPi Cadillac DPi 40 1'12.554 1.159
9 3 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
GTLM Corvette C8.R 38 1'18.668 7.273
10 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C8.R 39 1'18.928 7.533
11 24 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 29 1'19.034 7.639
12 25 Canada Bruno Spengler
United States Connor de Phillippi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 33 1'19.260 7.865
13 14 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
United States Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 38 1'20.465 9.070
14 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 36 1'20.754 9.359
15 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Matt McMurry
GTD Acura NSX GT3 34 1'21.070 9.675
16 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 33 1'21.075 9.680
17 16 United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 35 1'21.158 9.763
18 30 United States Rob Ferriol
United States Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 36 1'21.202 9.807
19 76 United States Corey Fergus
United States Paul Holton
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 31 1'21.220 9.825
20 57 Portugal Alvaro Parente
Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
GTD Acura NSX GT3 32 1'21.566 10.171
21 23 United Kingdom Ian James
Canada Roman De Angelis
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 33 1'21.783 10.388
22 22 United States Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
GTD Acura NSX GT3 35 1'21.943 10.548
23 44 United States Andy Lally
United States John Potter
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 32 1'21.978 10.583
24 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 36 1'22.047 10.652
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