Lime Rock IMSA: Porsches dominate both classes in FP3
Porsche took top honors in third practice for IMSA’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock, as Patrick Pilet was almost half a second clear of the competition in GT Le Mans.
Pilet’s 911 RSR produced the best lap of the weekend by half a second – a 50.414sec tour of the 1.5-mile Lime Rock Park – and was 0.465sec clear of Dirk Muller’s best in the #66 Ford GT.
Jesse Krohn was third in one of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s BMW M8s, ahead of the second Porsche of Earl Bamber, which completed the most laps in the session .
Oliver Gavin was fifth for Corvette Racing ahead of the second Ford of Richard Westbrook.
In GT Daytona, Patrick Long’s best effort in the Wright Porsche 911 GT3 R was barely 0.3sec slower than Connor De Phillippi’s top time in the GTLM BMW, and was three tenths clear of the fastest of the two Acuras in second and third.
Bill Auberlen wound the BMW M6 up to a 52.252sec lap, a mere 0.003sec faster than Jeroen Bleekemolen’s Riley-run Mercedes.
The Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan, which missed session 2 due to its mechanical issues in the morning, clocked sixth fastest time in the hands of Bryan Sellers.
The 20-minute warm-up for qualifying begins tomorrow at 9.05am local [Eastern] time, with the qualifying session beginning at 9.35am. The 2hr40min race commences at 3.10pm.
Lime Rock, IMSA third practice
|1||911|| Nick Tandy |
|GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR||50.414|
|2||66|| Joey Hand |
|3||24|| John Edwards |
|GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||50.934||0.520|
|4||912|| Earl Bamber |
|GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR||50.970||0.556|
|5||4|| Oliver Gavin |
|6||67|| Ryan Briscoe |
|7||3|| Jan Magnussen |
|8||25|| Connor de Phillippi |
|GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||51.429||1.015|
|9||58|| Patrick Long |
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R||51.754||1.340|
|10||93|| Justin Marks |
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||52.051||1.637|
|11||86|| Alvaro Parente |
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||52.136||1.722|
|12||96|| Bill Auberlen |
|GTD||BMW M6 GT3||52.252||1.838|
|13||33|| Jeroen Bleekemolen |
|14||48|| Bryan Sellers |
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||52.470||2.056|
|15||15|| Jack Hawksworth |
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||52.519||2.105|
|16||14|| Kyle Marcelli |
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||52.634||2.220|
|17||44|| Andy Lally |
|GTD||Audi R8 LMS GT3||52.832||2.418|
|18||63|| Cooper MacNeil |
|GTD||Ferrari 488 GT3||53.087||2.673|
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|Location||Lime Rock Park|