Mid-Ohio IMSA: Acuras survive red flags to go 1-2 in FP2

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Mid-Ohio IMSA: Acuras survive red flags to go 1-2 in FP2
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
May 4, 2018, 8:30 PM

Juan Pablo Montoya had just grabbed top spot from Acura Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves around 25 minutes into the wet second practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship when the red flag waved for lightning in the area.

The ex-IndyCar stars had completed 10 laps each, and their fastest times were some 23sec off their best from the morning, but Renger van der Zande was still 0.348sec off top spot in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

With the lightning and torrential rain past, the action restarted with 15mins to go but Ricky Taylor dropped off the track causing rear-end damage to the #7 Acura and then a more serious off for the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac of Felipe Nasr caused another brief red flag.

In the end, the Acuras retained top spots, ahead of Filipe Albuquerque in the other AXR Caddy.

Oliver Jarvis was fifth fastest for Mazda, with Stephen Simpson sixth in the JDC-Miller ORECA.

Just behind him was the fastest of the GT Le Mans cars, Laurens Vanthoor setting the pace in the #912 Porsche ahead of the Corvettes of Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin and the BMW M8 of Alexander Sims.

GT Daytona saw a Mercedes 1-2, Jeroen Bleekemolen’s Team Riley entry heading the Sun1 Energy car of Maro Engel.

FP3 begins at 8.35am local (Eastern) time tomorrow.

IMSA Mid-Ohio, second practice

Pos.NumDriverClassChassisTimeGap
1 6 colombia  Juan Pablo Montoya 
united_states  Dane Cameron 
P Acura DPi 1'36.867  
2 7 brazil  Helio Castroneves 
united_states  Ricky Taylor 
P Acura DPi 1'36.997 0.130
3 10 united_states  Jordan Taylor 
netherlands  Renger van der Zande 
P Cadillac DPi 1'37.215 0.348
4 5 portugal  Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal  Joao Barbosa 
P Cadillac DPi 1'38.464 1.597
5 77 united_kingdom  Oliver Jarvis 
united_states  Tristan Nunez 
P Mazda DPi 1'38.679 1.812
6 99 canada  Mikhail Goikhberg 
south_africa  Stephen Simpson 
P ORECA LMP2 1'39.727 2.860
7 912 new_zealand  Earl Bamber 
belgium  Laurens Vanthoor 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'40.961 4.094
8 3 denmark  Jan Magnussen 
spain  Antonio Garcia 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'41.487 4.620
9 31 united_states  Eric Curran 
brazil  Felipe Nasr 
P Cadillac DPi 1'42.743 5.876
10 4 united_kingdom  Oliver Gavin 
united_states  Tommy Milner 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'42.807 5.940
11 85 switzerland  Simon Trummer 
united_states  Robert Alon 
P ORECA LMP2 1'42.973 6.106
12 54 united_states  Jon Bennett 
united_states  Colin Braun 
P ORECA LMP2 1'43.193 6.326
13 55 united_states  Spencer Pigot 
united_states  Jonathan Bomarito 
P Mazda DPi 1'43.200 6.333
14 25 united_states  Connor de Phillippi 
united_kingdom  Alexander Sims 
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'43.510 6.643
15 911 united_kingdom  Nick Tandy 
france  Patrick Pilet 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'43.628 6.761
16 24 united_states  John Edwards 
finland  Jesse Krohn 
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'43.814 6.947
17 33 netherlands  Jeroen Bleekemolen 
united_states  Ben Keating 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'44.420 7.553
18 75 australia  Kenny Habul 
germany  Maro Engel 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'44.452 7.585
19 67 australia  Ryan Briscoe 
united_kingdom  Richard Westbrook 
GTLM Ford GT 1'44.485 7.618
20 22 brazil  Pipo Derani 
united_states  Johannes van Overbeek 
P Nissan DPi 1'45.127 8.260
21 66 united_states  Joey Hand 
germany  Dirk Müller 
GTLM Ford GT 1'45.520 8.653
22 93 united_states  Justin Marks 
united_states  Lawson Aschenbach 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'45.717 8.850
23 63 united_states  Cooper MacNeil 
italy  Alessandro Balzan 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'45.947 9.080
24 44 united_states  Andy Lally 
united_states  John Potter 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'46.282 9.415
25 86 portugal  Alvaro Parente 
united_kingdom  Katherine Legge 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'47.221 10.354
26 14 canada  Kyle Marcelli 
austria  Dominik Baumann 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'49.927 13.060
27 15 denmark  David Heinemeier Hansson 
united_kingdom  Jack Hawksworth 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'50.118 13.251
28 48 united_states  Bryan Sellers 
united_states  Madison Snow 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'52.289 15.422
29 96 united_states  Bill Auberlen 
united_states  Dillon Machavern 
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'59.042 22.175
30 16 germany  Wolf Henzler 
united_states  Michael Schein 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'02.773 25.906
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Series IMSA
Event Mid-Ohio
Location Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Author David Malsher
Article type Practice report