Sebring 12 Hours: Van der Zande’s WTR Cadillac fastest in FP2

Renger van der Zande lapped Sebring Raceway in 1min47.478sec to put Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R on top in second practice for the Sebring 12 Hours.

Sebring 12 Hours: Van der Zande’s WTR Cadillac fastest in FP2

As WTR prepares to battle for not only race honors but also the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday, van der Zande led a Cadillac 1-2-3, just 0.167sec ahead of Sebastien Bourdais in the JDC Miller Motorsports car, but 0.6sec faster than defending race-winner Pipo Derani in the Action Express Racing machine.

Oliver Jarvis was fastest of the turbocharged DPi cars, 0.86sec slower in the #77 Mazda RT24-P, ahead of Alexander Rossi’s best effort in the #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 he’ll be sharing with championship leaders Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor.

The second Acura, in the hands of another IndyCar star Simon Pagenaud, was fast enough to beat Jonathan Bomarito’s Mazda and the second JDC-Miller Caddy of Matheus Leist.

Despite the Starworks entry causing a red flag when it ground to a halt on track, Mikkel Jensen was able to lap in 1min51.667sec to turn fastest LMP2 time of the session, a quarter second faster than Simon Trummer in the PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports entry.

The two Porsche 911 RSRs of Laurens Vanthoor and Fred Makowiecki were 0.2sec apart but a further quarter second faster than their closest GT Le Mans opposition. That took the form of Jordan Taylor’s title-winning #3 Corvette C8.R, with Jesse Krohn and Colton Herta fourth and fifth in the BMW M8s ahead of Oliver Gavin in the #4 Corvette.

Steijn Schothorst led a Lamborghini Huracan 1-2 in GT Daytona, the Dutchman setting a 2min02.352sec in the Grasser Racing Team entry to shade Bryan Sellers’ best effort in the Paul Miller Racing machine by just 0.098sec.

No less impressive was Jan Heylen’s best effort in the Porsche 911 GT3R of Wright Motorsports which was just a further 0.126sec in arrears, ahead of Aaron Telitz and Frankie Montecalvo in the two AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC Fs.

Title hopeful Mario Farnbacher in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX edged Robby Foley’s Turner Motorsports BMW M6 for P6.

The 90min evening session begins at 6.15pm local (Eastern) time.

Session results:

Pos. # Drivers Class Car Laps Time Gap mph
1 10 HOL Renger van der Zande
AUS Ryan Briscoe
NZL Scott Dixon
DPi Cadillac DPi 23 1'47.478   125.272
2 5 FRA Sebastien Bourdais
FRA Tristan Vautier
FRA Loïc Duval
DPi Cadillac DPi 25 1'47.645 0.167 125.078
3 31 BRA Felipe Nasr
BRA Pipo Derani
COL Gabby Chaves
DPi Cadillac DPi 27 1'48.241 0.763 124.389
4 77 GBR Oliver Jarvis
USA Tristan Nunez
FRA Olivier Pla
DPi Mazda DPi 24 1'48.335 0.857 124.281
5 7 BRA Hélio Castroneves
USA Ricky Taylor
USA Alexander Rossi
DPi Acura DPi 21 1'48.458 0.980 124.140
6 6 COL Juan Pablo Montoya
USA Dane Cameron
FRA Simon Pagenaud
DPi Acura DPi 23 1'48.857 1.379 123.685
7 55 USA Jonathan Bomarito
GBR Harry Tincknell
USA Ryan Hunter-Reay
DPi Mazda DPi 24 1'49.055 1.577 123.461
8 85

BRA Matheus Leist
RSA Stephen Simpson

Australia Scott Andrews

DPi Cadillac DPi 25 1'49.178 1.700 123.322
9 8 CAN John Farano
DEN Mikkel Jensen
DEN David Heinemeier Hansson
(LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 19 1'51.667 4.189 120.573
10 52 USA Patrick Kelly
SUI Simon Trummer
USA Scott Huffaker
(LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 22 1'51.931 4.453 120.288
11 51 POL Jakub Smiechowski
USA Naveen Rao
GBR Matthew Bell
(LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 29 1'52.951 5.473 119.202
12 38 USA Don Yount
USA Patrick Byrne
USA Guy Cosmo
(LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 26 1'56.253 8.775 115.816
13 912 NZL Earl Bamber
BEL Laurens Vanthoor
SUI Neel Jani
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 26 1'57.975 10.497 114.126
14 911

GBR Nick Tandy
FRA Frédéric Makowiecki

NZL Earl Bamber

GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 23 1'58.172 10.694 113.936
15 3 ESP Antonio Garcia
USA Jordan Taylor
HOL Nicky Catsburg
GTLM Corvette C8.R 27 1'58.444 10.966 113.674
16 24 FIN Jesse Krohn
USA John Edwards
BRA Augusto Farfus
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 22 1'58.606 11.128 113.519
17 25 CAN Bruno Spengler
USA Connor de Phillippi
USA Colton Herta
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 25 1'59.143 11.665 113.007
18 4 GBR Oliver Gavin
USA Tommy Milner
SUI Marcel Fässler
GTLM Corvette C8.R 24 1'59.544 12.066 112.628
19 11 USA Richard Heistand
HOL Steijn Schothorst
FRA Franck Perera
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 26 2'02.352 14.874 110.043
20 48 USA Bryan Sellers
USA Madison Snow
USA Corey Lewis
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 21 2'02.450 14.972 109.955
21 16 USA Ryan Hardwick
USA Patrick Long
BEL Jan Heylen
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 25 2'02.478 15.000 109.930
22 14 GBR Jack Hawksworth
USA Aaron Telitz
USA Kyle Kirkwood
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 23 2'02.591 15.113 109.829
23 12 USA Frankie Montecalvo
USA Townsend Bell
USA Michael de Quesada
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 26 2'02.957 15.479 109.502
24 86 GER Mario Farnbacher
USA Matthew McMurry
JPN Shinya Michimi
GTD Acura NSX GT3 22 2'03.065 15.587 109.406
25 96 GBR Nick Yelloly
USA Robby Foley
USA Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 24 2'03.235 15.757 109.255
26 23 GBR Ian James
CAN Roman De Angelis
GBR Darren Turner
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 22 2'03.284 15.806 109.211
27 74 USA Gar Robinson
USA Lawson Aschenbach
USA Marc Miller
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 24 2'03.321 15.843 109.178
28 63 USA Cooper MacNeil
ITA Alessandro Balzan
USA Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 22 2'03.374 15.896 109.132
29 44 USA Andy Lally
USA John Potter
USA Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 22 2'03.666 16.188 108.874
30 57 USA Trent Hindman
CAN Mikhail Goikhberg
USA Joey Hand
GTD Acura NSX GT3 24 2'03.811 16.333 108.746
31 30 USA Rob Ferriol
USA Andrew Davis
GER Pierre Kaffer
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 24 2'04.536 17.058 108.11
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