Rolex 24: Conway edges Stroll to top final practice

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Rolex 24: Conway edges Stroll to top final practice
Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Jan 26, 2018, 3:48 PM

Mike Conway put the Action Express Cadillac on top in final practice for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona, edging out Williams Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll.

#31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran, Mike Conway, Stuart Middleton
#37 Jackie Chan DC Racing JOTA ORECA LMP2, P: Lance Stroll, Felix Rosenqvist, Daniel Juncadella, Robin Frijns
#31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi, P: Eric Curran, Mike Conway, Stuart Middleton, Felipe Nasr
#23 United Autosports Ligier LMP2: Phil Hanson, Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso
#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi, P: Renger van der Zande, Jordan Taylor, Ryan Hunter-Reay, #99 JDC/Miller Motorsports ORECA 07, P: Stephen Simpson, Mikhail Goikhberg, Chris Miller, Gustavo Menezes, #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi, P, P: Eric Curran, Mike Conway, Stuart Middleton, Felipe Nasr, #85 JDC/Miller Motorsports ORECA 07, P: Simon Trummer, Robert Alon, Austin Cindric, Devlin DeFrancesco
#4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fässler, #3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller

Toyota LMP1 star Conway ousted Stroll from the top of the times just over 20 minutes into the one-hour session on Friday morning with a best time of 1m36.865s aboard the #31 Cadillac DPi-V.R.

That demoted Stroll and the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca LMP2 to second place, 0.181s behind Conway and a tenth ahead of Tristan Vautier in the #90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac.

DTM champion Rene Rast put the best of the Joest-run Mazda DPis, the #77 car, in fourth place, while the sister #55 machine missed the session due to an engine change.

Filipe Albuquerque made it three Cadillacs in the top five in the second Action Express machine.

The two cars that will start from the front row on Saturday were seventh and eighth-fastest, with Graham Rahal in the best of the Team Penske Acura ARX-05s leading Jordan Taylor's Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

Fernando Alonso was 16th fastest in the #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P217, 1.930s off the pace and two places behind the sister #32 car that suffered a puncture while Bruno Senna was at the wheel.

In GT Le Mans, Joey Hand led the way in the #66 Ford GT with a best time of 1m44.602s, 0.057s up on Gianmaria Bruni in the best of the Porsches.

The class pole-sitting #3 Corvette was seventh-fastest ahead of the two all-new BMW M8 GTEs.

Fastest in GT Daytona was Porsche driver Matteo Cairoli in the #59 Manthey 911 GT3 R, four tenths clear of Jeroen Bleekemolen's #33 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Final practice results (top 10):

Pos.No.DriverChassisTimeGap
1 31 united_kingdom Mike Conway 
united_states Eric Curran 
brazil Felipe Nasr 
united_kingdom Stuart Middleton 
Cadillac DPi 1'36.865  
2 37 netherlands Robin Frijns 
spain Daniel Juncadella 
sweden Felix Rosenqvist 
canada Lance Stroll 
ORECA LMP2 1'37.046 0.181
3 90 united_states Matt McMurry 
france Tristan Vautier 
italy  Eddie Cheever III 
Cadillac DPi 1'37.118 0.253
4 77 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
germany René Rast 
united_states Tristan Nunez 
Mazda DPi 1'37.178 0.313
5 5 brazil Christian Fittipaldi 
portugal Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal Joao Barbosa 
Cadillac DPi 1'37.283 0.418
6 22 brazil Pipo Derani 
united_states Johannes van Overbeek 
france Nicolas Lapierre 
Nissan DPi 1'37.457 0.592
7 7 brazil Helio Castroneves 
united_states Graham Rahal 
united_states Ricky Taylor 
Acura DPi 1'37.649 0.784
8 10 united_states Jordan Taylor 
united_states Ryan Hunter-Reay 
netherlands Renger van der Zande 
Cadillac DPi 1'37.677 0.812
9 6 colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 
france Simon Pagenaud 
united_states Dane Cameron 
Acura DPi 1'37.835 0.970
10 2 united_states Scott Sharp 
united_kingdom Ryan Dalziel 
france Olivier Pla 
Nissan DPi 1'37.874 1.009

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