Daytona 24 Hours: Cadillacs remain top in FP2, Ford leads GTLM

Cadillac maintained its 1-2-3 at the top of the leaderboard in Daytona, with Joao Barbosa slotting the #5 Action Express Racing entry in at P1.

Daytona 24 Hours: Cadillacs remain top in FP2, Ford leads GTLM
#85 JDC/Miller Motorsports ORECA 07: Misha Goikhberg, Chris Miller, Stephen Simpson, Mathias Beche
#68 Ford Performance Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Billy Johnson, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla
Olivier Pla, Ford Performance Chip Ganassi Racing
#62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE: Toni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella, James Calado
#98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda, Pedro Lamy, Marco Sorenson
Patrick Pilet, Porsche Team North America
#31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Eric Curran, Dane Cameron, Seb Morris, Mike Conway

The former champion set a fastest time of 1min38.549sec around the 3.56-mile course to go 0.177s clear of Ricky Taylor in the Wayne Taylor Racing machine, with reigning champion Dane Cameron some 1.6sec adrift in third, driving the second AXR machine.

That was still enough to lift him clear of three Orecas – DragonSpeed (Loic Duval), JDC-Miller (Stephen Simpson) and Rebellion (Neel Jani).

However, Duval ended the session about five minutes early with a spin and collision, causing significant left-side damage.

In seventh and ninth the two ESM Racing Nissan DPis were split by the fastest of the two Mazdas, driven by Tom Long, which was 3.8sec off the ultimate pace.

In GT Le Mans, Olivier Pla was the pacesetter in the #68 Ford GT, chased by ex-F1 winner Giancarlo Fisichella in Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488, and Patrick Pilet’s new Porsche 911 RSR.

Bill Auberlen was an encouraging fourth for BMW Team RLL, half a second off Pla’s best, with Joey Hand and Harry Tincknell fifth and sixth in Fords. Defending Rolex 24 winner Oliver Gavin was seventh in the fastest of the Corvette C7.Rs.

In GT Daytona, Matthew McMurry turned heads for Park Place Motorsports, going quickest in the #73 Porsche 911 GT3 R, ahead of Alessandro Pier Guidi’s Ferrari 488 (Spirit of Race), and Scuderia Corsa's 488 driven by Alessandro Balzan.

Pedro Lamy was fastest of the Aston Martin drivers in fourth, ahead of Michael Christensen’ s Alegra Motorsport Porsche, and the similar car of Manthey Racing, wheeled by Matteoi Cairoli,

Fastest Lamborghini Huracan was that of Christian Engelhart in the #11 Grasser Racing Team machine, while Jeroen Bleekemolen clocked eighth in the Riley Motorsports-Team AMG Mercedes-AMG GT3, around 1.6sec off fastest in class.

Tom Papadopoulos led Prototype Challenge in the BAR1 Motorsports entry.

2017 Daytona 24 free practice 2

ClaDriverClassChassisTimeGap
1 brazil  Christian Fittipaldi 
portugal  Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal  Joao Barbosa 
P Cadillac DPi 1'38.549  
2 united_states  Jeff Gordon 
united_states  Jordan Taylor 
united_states  Ricky Taylor 
italy  Max Angelelli 
P Cadillac DPi 1'38.726 0.177
3 united_kingdom  Mike Conway 
united_states  Dane Cameron 
united_states  Eric Curran 
united_kingdom  Seb Morris 
P Cadillac DPi 1'40.132 1.583
4 france  Loic Duval 
france  Nicolas Lapierre 
sweden  Henrik Hedman 
united_kingdom  Ben Hanley 
P ORECA 1'40.511 1.962
5 switzerland  Mathias Beche 
canada  Mikhail Goikhberg 
united_states  Chris Miller 
south_africa  Stephen Simpson 
P ORECA 1'40.644 2.095
6 france  Stéphane Sarrazin 
germany  Nick Heidfeld 
switzerland  Sébastien Buemi 
switzerland  Neel Jani 
P ORECA 1'40.891 2.342
7 new_zealand  Brendon Hartley 
brazil  Pipo Derani 
united_states  Scott Sharp 
united_kingdom  Ryan Dalziel 
P Nissan DPi 1'41.116 2.567
8 canada  James Hinchcliffe 
united_states  Tom Long 
united_states  Joel Miller 
P Mazda DPi 1'42.390 3.841
9 brazil  Bruno Senna 
new_zealand  Brendon Hartley 
united_states  Ed Brown 
united_states  Johannes van Overbeek 
P Nissan DPi 1'42.652 4.103
10 united_states  Spencer Pigot 
united_states  Jonathan Bomarito 
united_states  Tristan Nunez 
P Mazda DPi 1'42.657 4.108
11 germany  René Rast 
belgium  Marc Goossens 
netherlands  Renger van der Zande 
P Multimatic/Riley 1'43.116 4.567
12 united_kingdom  Johnny Mowlem 
united_states  Adam Merzon 
united_states  Trent Hindman 
united_states  Tom Papadopoulos 
PC ORECA FLM09 1'44.175 5.626
13 united_states  James French 
united_states  Nicholas Boulle 
united_states  Kyle Masson 
united_states  Patricio O'Ward 
PC ORECA FLM09 1'44.202 5.653
14 germany  Stefan Mücke 
france  Olivier Pla 
united_states  Billy Johnson 
GTLM Ford GT 1'44.245 5.696
15 italy  Giancarlo Fisichella 
united_kingdom  James Calado 
finland  Toni Vilander 
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 1'44.533 5.984
16 france  Patrick Pilet 
france  Frédéric Makowiecki 
germany  Dirk Werner 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'44.622 6.073
17 united_states  Bill Auberlen 
canada  Bruno Spengler 
brazil  Augusto Farfus 
united_kingdom  Alexander Sims 
GTLM BMW M6 GTLM 1'44.673 6.124
18 france  Sébastien Bourdais 
united_states  Joey Hand 
GTLM Ford GT 1'44.699 6.150
19 united_kingdom  Harry Tincknell 
brazil  Tony Kanaan 
guernsey  Andy Priaulx 
GTLM Ford GT 1'44.745 6.196
20 switzerland  Marcel Fassler 
united_kingdom  Oliver Gavin 
united_states  Tommy Milner 
GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 1'45.111 6.562

 

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