VIR IMSA: Garcia leads second practice for Corvette
Chevrolet’s Antonio Garcia led the second IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship practice session at Virginia International Raceway on Friday, lapping over half a second clear of his rivals.
Garcia set the fastest lap of 1m41.743s just before the halfway point of the hour-long session. Tommy Milner soon made it a Chevy 1-2, on 1m42.351s – the fastest of three laps he recorded within one hundredth of a second of each other.
But Ryan Briscoe then split the Corvettes with a 1m42.262s, 0.519s off the pace but a tenth faster than Milner.
His teammate Richard Westbrook, who was fastest this morning, reported: “The car is definitely better than last year, I wasn’t comfortable in it at all then. But I’m not sure what Antonio had for breakfast!
“We knew the Corvettes would come into form in this part of the season, so it’s going to be tough.”
Dirk Muller finished fourth in the #66 Ford GT on 1m42.670s, ahead of Nick Tandy in the fastest Porsche, lapping in 1m42.712s. Tandy led the sister #912 car, driven by Laurens Vanthoor, by a tenth and a half.
Alexander Sims and John Edwards were slowest of the GTLM runners in their BMW M8s.
In GT Daytona, Jeroen Bleekemolen led the way in his Mercedes, ahead of the impressive Robby Foley in the Turner-run BMW M6.
A brief red flag was required as Road America GTD class winner Christina Nielsen was off track at the final corner in her Wright Motorsports Porsche 911, before driving back to the pits with no damage.
Patrick Long then took over and recorded the third quickest time in the car, ahead of the Lexus of Jack Hawksworth.
|1||3|| Jan Magnussen |
|2||67|| Ryan Briscoe |
|3||4|| Oliver Gavin |
|4||66|| Joey Hand |
|5||911|| Nick Tandy |
|GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR||1'42.712||0.969|
|6||912|| Earl Bamber |
|GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR||1'42.866||1.123|
|7||25|| Connor de Phillippi |
|GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||1'42.934||1.191|
|8||24|| John Edwards |
|GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||1'43.151||1.408|
|9||33|| Jeroen Bleekemolen |
|10||96|| Bill Auberlen |
|GTD||BMW M6 GT3||1'44.866||3.123|
|11||58|| Patrick Long |
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R||1'45.046||3.303|
|12||15|| David Heinemeier Hansson |
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||1'45.182||3.439|
|13||44|| Andy Lally |
|GTD||Audi R8 LMS GT3||1'45.257||3.514|
|14||86|| Katherine Legge |
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'45.481||3.738|
|15||14|| Kyle Marcelli |
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||1'45.504||3.761|
|16||93|| Justin Marks |
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'45.727||3.984|
|17||63|| Cooper MacNeil |
|GTD||Ferrari 488 GT3||1'45.999||4.256|
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