Laguna Seca IMSA: Albuquerque tops practice in WTR Acura

Filipe Albuquerque set the pace in his Wayne Taylor Racing Acura during IMSA’s Hyundai Monterey Sports Car event opening practice session at Laguna Seca on Friday, as the top spot traded hands numerous times.

Laguna Seca IMSA: Albuquerque tops practice in WTR Acura

Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi driver Felipe Nasr set the early pace with an opening flying lap of 1m15.989s, which was first beaten by Albuquerque on 1m15.521s, and then Renger van der Zande (Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac) on 1m15.661s and Harry Tincknell (Mazda) on 1m15.540s.

Having dropped to fourth, Nasr went back to the top spot with 1m15.267s, before Tincknell went P1 with 1m15.215s.

Albuquerque topped them all on 1m14.880s just after the halfway point. Pipo Derani took over the AXR Caddy from Nasr and rocketed to P2 with 1m14.974s. Tincknell stayed third, ahead of Tristan Vautier’s JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac. Kevin Magnussen beat teammate van der Zande’s time but stayed fifth.

Mikkel Jensen dominated the LMP2 class in his PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca, even outpacing Dane Cameron in the Meyer Shank Acura DPi. Ryan Dalziel was best of the rest in P2 in his Era Motorsport Oreca. 

Corvettes split by Campbell in GT Le Mans

Matt Campbell set early pace at 1m22.566s in his WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19, but Corvette duo Nick Tandy and Antonio Garcia surpassed him on 1m22.081s and 1m22.512s respectively. Campbell then split the C8.Rs with a lap of 1m22.108s, and that’s the way it stayed.

In GTD, Bill Auberlen’s early 1m24.630s in his Turner Motorsports BMW M6 couldn’t be beaten, with Laurens Vanthoor getting closest on 1m25.105s in his Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R. Bryan Sellers was third quickest in his Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan.

Practice results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 10 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Acura DPi 1'14.880
2 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'14.974 0.094
3 55 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi 1'15.215 0.335
4 5 France Tristan Vautier
France Loic Duval
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'15.335 0.455
5 01 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'15.343 0.463
6 52 United States Ben Keating
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'16.115 1.235
7 60 United States Dane Cameron
France Olivier Pla
DPi Acura DPi 1'16.244 1.364
8 18 United States Dwight Merriman
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'16.996 2.116
9 8 Canada John Farano
France Gabriel Aubry
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'17.053 2.173
10 11 United States Thomas Steven
United States Tristan Nunez
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'17.911 3.031
11 4 United States Tommy Milner
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'22.081 7.201
12 79 United States Cooper MacNeil
Australia Matt Campbell
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 1'22.108 7.228
13 3 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'22.214 7.334
14 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'24.630 9.750
15 9 Canada Zacharie Robichon
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'25.105 10.225
16 1 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'25.158 10.278
17 14 United States Aaron Telitz
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'25.343 10.463
18 66 United States Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'25.379 10.499
19 76 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Jacob Abel
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'25.398 10.518
20 23 Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'25.424 10.544
21 16 United States Trent Hindman
United States Patrick Long
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'25.773 10.893
22 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'25.841 10.961
23 39 United States Richard Heistand
United States Jeff Westphal
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'26.041 11.161
24 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Zach Veach
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'26.069 11.189
25 88 United States Rob Ferriol
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'26.154 11.274
26 27 United Kingdom Ian James
Spain Alex Riberas
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'26.395 11.515
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