Detroit IMSA: Tincknell’s Mazda leads raceday warm-up

Harry Tincknell in the #55 Mazda RT24-P delivered a late flyer to usurp the two Acura ARX-05s and top warm-up for Saturday’s Detroit IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round.

Detroit IMSA: Tincknell’s Mazda leads raceday warm-up

Tincknell’s Mazda Team Joest entry lapped the 2.35-mile Belle Isle course in 1min20.957sec to beat Helio Castroneves’ best effort for Acura Team Penske by 0.6sec.

Audibly carrying more throttle than any of his Prototype rivals through Turn 8 of the 14-turn course, the Briton initially struggled to find a clear lap among the GT Daytona runners.

However, following a brief red flag to retrieve the #84 JDC Miller Cadillac that had been struck by electrical issues on track, Tincknell had a clear lap and absolutely nailed it.

The #55 Mazda, qualified by his co-driver Jonathan Bomarito, will roll off third for this afternoon’s race, behind the two Acuras, of Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya and Castroneves/Ricky Taylor, which were third and second fastest respectively in this morning’s 20-minute session.

In fourth was Oliver Jarvis in the #77 Mazda, followed by a quartet of Cadillac DPi-V.Rs – Felipe Nasr and Filipe Albuquerque (both Action Express Racing), Jordan Taylor (Wayne Taylor Racing) and Misha Goikhberg (JDC Miller).

Mario Farnbacher headed the GT Daytona field in the Acura NSX of Meyer Shank Racing with his teammate Katherine Legge in fourth. Between them lay Paul Miller Racing’s Lamborghini Huracan steered by Bryan Sellers and the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 of Toni Vilander.

The race begins at 12.40pm local (Eastern) time.

Session results:

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval
1 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Mazda DPi 12 1'20.957
2 Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
Acura DPi 11 1'21.590 0.633 0.633
3 United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura DPi 12 1'21.597 0.640 0.007
4 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
Mazda DPi 12 1'21.625 0.668 0.028
5 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
Cadillac DPi 12 1'21.885 0.928 0.260
6 Portugal Joao Barbosa
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Cadillac DPi 10 1'22.066 1.109 0.181
7 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
Cadillac DPi 12 1'22.554 1.597 0.488
8 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi 11 1'22.714 1.757 0.160
9 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
Nissan DPi 11 1'22.871 1.914 0.157
10 United States Will Owen
Brazil Victor Franzoni
Cadillac DPi 11 1'24.169 3.212 1.298
11 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
Cadillac DPi 8 1'24.487 3.530 0.318
12 United States Trent Hindman
Germany Mario Farnbacher
Acura NSX GT3 11 1'30.375 9.418 5.888
13 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Ryan Hardwick
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 11 1'30.531 9.574 0.156
14 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GT3 12 1'30.937 9.980 0.406
15 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
Acura NSX GT3 9 1'31.044 10.087 0.107
16 United States Patrick Long
Canada Zacharie Robichon
Porsche 911 GT3 R 11 1'31.132 10.175 0.088
17 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
BMW M6 GT3 9 1'31.229 10.272 0.097
18 United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
Mercedes-AMG 11 1'31.237 10.280 0.008
19 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Lexus RC F GT3 11 1'31.423 10.466 0.186
20 United States Paul Holton
United States Matt Plumb
McLaren 720S GT3 10 1'31.484 10.527 0.061
21 United States Parker Chase
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
Audi R8 LMS GT3 8 1'31.820 10.863 0.336
22 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 10 1'31.853 10.896 0.033
23 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
Lexus RC F GT3 11 1'32.054 11.097 0.201
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