Rolex 24: Albuquerque leads final practice for AXR

Defending Rolex 24 Hours winners, the #5 Action Express Racing team, topped the last practice session at Daytona with its Cadillac 0.4sec ahead of its nearest rival.

Rolex 24: Albuquerque leads final practice for AXR

Filipe Albuquerque yesterday suffered a brake fire in the AXR Cadillac DPi-V.R that prevented him from setting a qualifying time but had no such issues this morning on his way to a 1min34.358sec lap of the 3.56-mile road course.

Earlier this morning, it was announced that due to a travel issue for Mike Conway, the #5 Cadillac will be shared between just three drivers, the winning combo from 2018 – Albuquerque, fellow full-timer Joao Barbosa and the retiring Christian Fittipaldi.

Precisely four-tenths behind the Caddy in this last practice was the #55 Mazda of Olivier Pla, who in turn was over three-tenths up on the second AXR entry of Pipo Derani.

Former IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud slotted his Acura ARX-05 into fourth spot ahead of the second Mazda of Rene Rast, while Stephen Simpson took sixth for JDC-Miller Motorsports ahead of the team’s first race with a DPi car.

Enzo Guibbert produced fastest LMP2 time for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport, approximately 2.3sec off the fastest DPi.

Frederic Makowiecki grabbed top spot in GT Le Mans with the polesitting #911 Porsche 911 RSR, 0.134sec ahead of the #66 Ford GT of Dirk Muller, which ground to a halt on course in the hands of Sebastien Bourdais and caused the session’s only red flag.

Jan Magnussen was third fastest in the #3 Corvette which will roll off from the front row of the GTLM field tomorrow afternoon, while Richard Westbrook produced the fourth best time this morning in the second Ford.

Pedro Lamy in the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 was quickest of the GT Daytona entries, while Nick Cassidy put his AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus into second spot ahead of two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs from Black Swan Racing and Park Place Motorsports.

Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Practice 4:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 5 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Portugal Joao Barbosa
DPi Cadillac DPi 24 1'34.358  
2 55 United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
France Olivier Pla
United States Jonathan Bomarito
DPi Mazda DPi 15 1'34.758 0.400
3 31 Brazil Pipo Derani
United States Eric Curran
Brazil Felipe Nasr
DPi Cadillac DPi 27 1'35.087 0.729
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
France Simon Pagenaud
United States Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 24 1'35.182 0.824
5 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Germany Timo Bernhard
Germany René Rast
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 15 1'35.430 1.072
6 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
Colombia Juan Piedrahita
United States Chris Miller
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 28 1'35.467 1.109
7 7 United States Alexander Rossi
Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 19 1'35.610 1.252
8 50 United States Kyle Kaiser
Austria Rene Binder
United States Will Owen
Agustin Canapino
DPi Cadillac DPi 24 1'36.017 1.659
9 85 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
Canada Devlin DeFrancesco
DPi Cadillac DPi 18 1'36.043 1.685
10 52 United States Matt McMurry
United States Mark Kvamme
France Enzo Guibbert
France Gabriel Aubry
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 26 1'36.433 2.075
11 81 France Nicolas Lapierre
Sweden Henrik Hedman
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
Australia James Allen
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 26 1'36.998 2.640
12 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
Mexico Roberto Gonzalez
Colombia Sebastian Saavedra
Ireland Ryan Cullen
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 28 1'37.127 2.769
13 10 Spain Fernando Alonso
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
DPi Cadillac DPi 17 1'37.228 2.870
14 38 United States Kris Wright
United States Kyle Masson
Canada Cameron Cassels
Robert Masson
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 27 1'38.464 4.106
15 911 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Patrick Pilet
France Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 21 1'42.478 8.120
16 66 France Sébastien Bourdais
United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 11 1'42.612 8.254
17 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
GTLM Corvette C7.R 23 1'42.644 8.286
18 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
New Zealand Scott Dixon
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 22 1'42.845 8.487
19 24 United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
Australia Chaz Mostert
Italy Alex Zanardi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 24 1'43.175 8.817
20 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
France Mathieu Jaminet
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 22 1'43.191 8.833
21 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
Brazil Augusto Farfus
Austria Philipp Eng
United States Colton Herta
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 21 1'43.210 8.852
22 62 United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Davide Rigon
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Spain Miguel Molina
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 25 1'43.360 9.002
23 4 Switzerland Marcel Fassler
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 23 1'43.425 9.067
24 51 Portugal Pedro Lamy
Canada Paul Dalla Lana
Austria Mathias Lauda
Brazil Daniel Serra
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 26 1'44.632 10.274
25 14 United States Austin Cindric
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Richard Heistand
New Zealand Nick Cassidy
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 23 1'44.846 10.488
26 540 Germany Marco Seefried
United States Tim Pappas
Germany Dirk Werner
Italy Matteo Cairoli
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 23 1'45.073 10.715
27 73 United States Patrick Long
United States Patrick Lindsey
United States Nicholas Boulle
Australia Matt Campbell
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 27 1'45.100 10.742
28 71 Germany Fabian Schiller
Austria Dominik Baumann
Germany Maximilian Buhk
JC Perez
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 24 1'45.108 10.750
29 46 Italy Fabio Babini
Italy Emanuele Busnelli
United Kingdom Taylor Proto
Italy Giacomo Altoè
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 27 1'45.128 10.770
30 12 United States Townsend Bell
United States Jeff Segal
United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 24 1'45.153 10.795
31 11 Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Netherlands Rik Breukers
Germany Christian Engelhart
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 21 1'45.299 10.941
32 86 United States A.J. Allmendinger
United States Justin Marks
Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
GTD Acura NSX GT3 20 1'45.330 10.972
33 99 Austria Klaus Bachler
Germany Sven Muller
Germany Alfred Renauer
Juergen Haering
Steffen Goerig
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 25 1'45.358 11.000
34 29 Canada Daniel Morad
Belgium Dries Vanthoor 
Germany Christopher Mies
Switzerland Richard Feller
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 22 1'45.383 11.025
35 63 Finland Toni Vilander
Germany Dominik Farnbacher
United States Cooper MacNeil
Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 23 1'45.495 11.137
36 88 United Kingdom Ian James
Belgium Frederic Vervisch
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Roman De Angelis
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 21 1'45.505 11.147
37 44 United States Andy Lally
Italy Marco Mapelli
United States Spencer Pumpelly
United States John Potter
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 19 1'45.554 11.196
38 96 United States Bill Auberlen
Germany Jens Klingmann
United States Robby Foley
United States Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 26 1'45.634 11.276
39 13 Italy Andrea Bertolini
Brazil Victor Franzoni
Chico Longo
Marcos Gomes
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 25 1'45.756 11.398
40 57 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
Ana Beatriz
GTD Acura NSX GT3 23 1'45.996 11.638
41 8 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
United States Parker Chase
Argentina Ezequiel Perez Companc
Germany Christopher Haase
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 21 1'46.174 11.816
42 19 Germany Markus Winkelhock
United States Andrew Davis
United States Will Hardeman
Spain Alex Riberas
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 17 1'46.275 11.917
43 47 United States Don Yount
Serbia Milos Pavlovic
Steve Dunn
Sweden Linus Lundqvist
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 26 1'46.284 11.926
44 9 Canada Scott Hargrove
Lars Kern
Norway Dennis Olsen
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 25 1'46.602 12.244
45 33 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United States Ben Keating
Germany Luca Stolz
Felipe Fraga
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 3 1'48.173 13.815
46 48 United States Corey Lewis
United States Bryan Sellers
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
United States Ryan Hardwick
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2 1'51.289 16.931
47 54 France Loic Duval
France Romain Dumas
United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi      
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