IMSA Laguna Seca: Derani leads Cadillac 1-2 in FP1

Pipo Derani put Action Express Racing on top in opening practice at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, ahead of Renger van der Zande of Wayne Taylor Racing.

IMSA Laguna Seca: Derani leads Cadillac 1-2 in FP1

Derani’s 1min15.851sec lap of the 2.238-mile track left the AXR entry 0.519sec ahead of WTR’s similar Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Renger van der Zande. He in turn was mere hundredths ahead of the Acura Team Penske ARX-05s of Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves.

The Mazda RT24-Ps were another four tenths back, and split by Tristan Vautier in the #5 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac he now shares with Sebastien Bourdais. Matheus Leist was a further second in arrears.

In GT Le Mans, Antonio Garcia’s best lap in the #3 Corvette C8.R was fastest at 1min21.898sec, ahead of the two Porsche 911 RSRs of Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber, while Tommy Milner was P4 in the #4. The two BMW M8s were more than a second off the pace.

By contrast, the BMW M6 of Turner Motorsports was top of GT Daytona thanks to Bill Auberlen’s efforts, with Andy Lally second in the Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan, just ahead of Mario Farnbacher in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX.

Paul Holton’s Compass Racing McLaren 720S was half a second off but still captured fourth ahead of Alessandro Balzan’s Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488.

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 28 1'15.851
2 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Australia Ryan Briscoe
DPi Cadillac DPi 31 1'16.370 0.519
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 27 1'16.410 0.559
4 7 Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 28 1'16.430 0.579
5 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 28 1'16.840 0.989
6 5 France Sébastien Bourdais
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 29 1'16.845 0.994
7 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi 29 1'16.892 1.041
8 85 Brazil Matheus Leist
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 35 1'17.932 2.081
9 52 United States Patrick Kelly
Switzerland Simon Trummer
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 32 1'19.515 3.664
10 3 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
GTLM Corvette C8.R 31 1'21.898 6.047
11 911 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 29 1'22.030 6.179
12 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 30 1'22.141 6.290
13 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C8.R 29 1'22.519 6.668
14 24 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 17 1'22.988 7.137
15 25 Canada Bruno Spengler
United States Connor de Phillippi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 22 1'23.279 7.428
16 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 32 1'24.754 8.903
17 44 United States Andy Lally
United States John Potter
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 33 1'24.930 9.079
18 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Matt McMurry
GTD Acura NSX GT3 31 1'24.960 9.109
19 76 Jeff Kingsley
United States Paul Holton
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 32 1'25.257 9.406
20 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Italy Alessandro Balzan
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 31 1'25.353 9.502
21 16 United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 33 1'25.572 9.721
22 57 Portugal Alvaro Parente
Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
GTD Acura NSX GT3 31 1'25.682 9.831
23 14 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
United States Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 26 1'25.754 9.903
24 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 31 1'25.826 9.975
25 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 30 1'25.931 10.080
26 22 United States Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
GTD Acura NSX GT3 29 1'26.261 10.410
27 30 United States Rob Ferriol
United States Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 3 1'26.382 10.531
28 23 United Kingdom Ian James
Canada Roman De Angelis
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 26 1'27.697 11.846
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