Lime Rock IMSA: Garcia tops FP2 for Chevy, BMW leads GTD

The #3 Chevrolet Corvette of Antonio Garcia topped second practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT-only event at Lime Rock Park.

Lime Rock IMSA: Garcia tops FP2 for Chevy, BMW leads GTD

Connor de Phillippi’s #25 BMW M8 swapped the fastest time with Jesse Krohn in the #24 RLL-run sister car early on, but they were both pipped by Garcia’s 50.302s lap of the 1.474-mile course in Connecticut, set in the closing four minutes of the hour-long second session.

This effort was some way short of the 50.065s laptime set by Nick Tandy’s #911 Porsche in the far cooler morning session.

The Ford GTs of Richard Westbrook and Joey Hand were next up, ahead of Marcel Fassler in the second Corvette. The Porsches were the slowest GTLM contenders in this session, with Tandy just outpacing Earl Bamber.

BMW clung to the fastest time in the GT Daytona class, with Bill Auberlen setting the quickest time of 51.715s in his #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6.

The main drama of the session was Toni Vilander’s #63 Ferrari 488 losing a right-rear wheel in pitlane and grinding to a halt in the Porsche #912 pit. He recovered to set the second fastest GTD time of the session, under a tenth away from Auberlen.

Session results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C7.R 50.302
2 25 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Connor de Phillippi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 50.320 0.018
3 24 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 50.467 0.165
4 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 50.523 0.221
5 66 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 50.648 0.346
6 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Switzerland Marcel Fassler
GTLM Corvette C7.R 50.943 0.641
7 911 France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 51.023 0.721
8 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 51.063 0.761
9 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 51.715 1.413
10 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 51.808 1.506
11 9 Norway Dennis Olsen
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 51.954 1.652
12 73 Germany Marco Seefried
United States Patrick Long
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 52.034 1.732
13 91 United States Anthony Imperato
Australia Matt Campbell
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 52.062 1.760
14 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Acura NSX GT3 52.085 1.783
15 14 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 52.099 1.797
16 11 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 52.112 1.810
17 33 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 52.228 1.926
18 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Corey Lewis
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 52.410 2.108
19 76 United States Paul Holton
United States Matt Plumb
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 52.544 2.242
20 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 52.600 2.298
21 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
GTD Acura NSX GT3 53.180 2.878
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