Mid-Ohio IMSA: Derani leads first practice in AXR Cadillac

Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani left it late to top the opening IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship free practice at Mid-Ohio, ahead of the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura of Ricky Taylor.

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Derani circulated in 1m11.846s on his final flying lap of the session, topping Taylor’s best time by 0.375s.

Dane Cameron had set the early pace for Meyer Shank Racing in its Acura around the 2.258-mile road course, working down to 1m12.501s. In the second half of the session, Felipe Nasr for Action Express Racing jumped up to P1 with a lap of 1m12.368s before Taylor lowered the benchmark further to 1m12.221s.

But then Derani went for another run in the closing minutes and secured the top spot with ease. Cameron ended the session in third, ahead of Renger van der Zande in the Chip Ganassi Racing Caddy and Tristan Vautier in the JDC-Miller MotorSports version.

The lone Mazda only went out late in the session, with Oliver Jarvis lapping at 1m13.312s, over a second off the pace.

In GT Daytona, Jack Hawksworth set the pace for the Vasser Sullivan Lexus team with a lap of 1m20.513s, almost three tenths clear of the Turner Motorsports BMW M6 of Bill Auberlen.

Patrick Long was third quickest in the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911, fractions of a second ahead of Laurens Vanthoor in Pfaff Motorsports’ version.

In LMP3, Colin Braun led the way at 1m17.752s for CORE Autosport, a tenth ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Oliver Askew. Braun was also 0.26s ahead of Felipe Fraga’s Riley Motorsports entry and Dylan Murry in the second Riley car.  

Jarett Andretti caused a red flag early on after leaving the pits too soon in the car he shares with Askew, then stopping out on track.

Cla   Nº   Driver   Car / Engine   Time   Delay   Laps 
31 Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani
Cadillac 1'11.846   32
10 Ricky Taylor
F.Albuquerque
Acura 1'12.221 0.375 33
60 Dane Cameron
Olivier Pla
Acura 1'12.501 0.655 26
01 R.van der Zande
Kevin Magnussen
Cadillac 1'12.529 0.683 33
5 Tristan Vautier
Loïc Duval
Cadillac 1'12.718 0.872 37
55 Oliver Jarvis
Harry Tincknell
Mazda 1'12.909 1.063 20
54 Jon Bennett
Colin Braun
Ligier/Nissan 1'17.240 5.394 32
36 Jarett Andretti
Oliver Askew
Ligier/Nissan 1'17.340 5.494 27
74 Gar Robinson
Felipe Fraga
Ligier/Nissan 1'17.500 5.654 34
10  91 Jim Cox
Dylan Murry
Ligier/Nissan 1'17.656 5.810 27
11  33 Lance Willsey
João Barbosa
Ligier/Nissan 1'17.768 5.922 26
12  38 Rasmus Lindh
Daniel Goldburg
Ligier/Nissan 1'18.004 6.158 25
13  14 Aaron Telitz
Jack Hawksworth
Lexus 1'20.513 8.667 30
14  96 Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
BMW 1'20.804 8.958 30
15  16 Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long
Porsche 1'20.931 9.085 33
16  9 Z.Robichon
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 1'20.944 9.098 30
17  01 R.van der Zande
Kevin Magnussen
Cadillac 1'20.998 9.152 17
18  12 F.Montecalvo
Zach Veach
Lexus 1'21.232 9.386 31
19  44 John Potter
Andy Lally
Acura 1'21.234 9.388 31
20  28 Daniel Morad
M.De Quesada
Mercedes 1'21.681 9.835 21
21  66 T.Bechtolsheimer
Marc Miller
Acura 1'21.698 9.852 32
22  39 Richard Heistand
Jeff Westphal
Audi 1'21.756 9.910 31
23  88 Rob Ferriol
Katherine Legge
Porsche 1'21.794 9.948 30
24  23 Roman De Angelis
Ross Gunn
Aston Martin 1'21.799 9.953 33
25  76 Jeffrey Kingsley
Mario Farnbacher
Acura 1'21.806 9.960 31
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