Mid-Ohio IMSA: Montoya tops wet opening practice

Appropriately the Acura Team Penske ARX-05 of Juan Pablo Montoya set fastest time in the opening session for this weekend’s Acura Sports Car Challenge, the fourth round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Montoya tops wet opening practice

With off-and-on rain keeping the 2.258-mile road course soaked, the Prototype’s laps were around half a minute off Helio Castroneves’ pole position time from 2018, but a lap of 1min41.568sec kept Montoya ahead of the best of the GT Le Mans class cars which enjoyed a rare moment of prominence. However, Montoya did stop on track just before the Prototypes received the checkered flag.

Earl Bamber was second overall in the #912 Porsche 911RSR, ahead of the BMW M8 of Tom Blomqvist.

Thus Colin Braun was second in class but only fourth overall in the CORE autosport-run Nissan DPi, some 3sec off Montoya’s benchmark, but ahead of the second Acura of Ricky Taylor.

Oliver Gavin’s third place in GTLM was enough to place him sixth overall for Corvette Racing ahead of the second Porsche of Patrick Pilet.

Fastest of the GT Daytona runners and eighth overall was Trent Hindman in the #86 Acura NSX run by Meyer Shank Racing, 0.4sec ahead of Zacharie Robichon’s best effort tin the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, and Alex Ribeiras in the Moorespeed Audi R8.

Jack Hawksworth ran the AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC F into fourth ahead of Bill Auberlen in the BMW M6 of Turner Motorsports.

Second practice is due to start at 3.15pm local (Eastern) time.

                     
Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval  
1 6 United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
DPi Acura DPi 18 1'41.568      
2 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 23 1'42.230 0.662 0.662  
3 25 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Connor de Phillippi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 22 1'44.438 2.870 2.208  
4 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi 15 1'44.615 3.047 0.177  
5 7 Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 19 1'45.426 3.858 0.811  
6 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 20 1'46.263 4.695 0.837  
7 911 France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 23 1'46.604 5.036 0.341  
8 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
GTD Acura NSX GT3 6 1'46.649 5.081 0.045  
9 9 Canada Scott Hargrove
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 12 1'47.047 5.479 0.398  
10 19 United States Will Hardeman
Spain Alex Riberas
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 21 1'47.051 5.483 0.004  
11 14 Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 24 1'47.532 5.964 0.481  
12 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 25 1'47.640 6.072 0.108  
13 76 Paul Holton
Matt Plumb
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 18 1'48.260 6.692 0.620  
14 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 22 1'48.739 7.171 0.479  
15 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Ryan Hardwick
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 21 1'49.577 8.009 0.838  
16 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 5 1'49.709 8.141 0.132  
17 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 17 1'50.616 9.048 0.907  
18 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
GTD Mercedes-AMG 16 1'52.262 10.694 1.646  
19 8 United States Parker Chase
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 4 1'54.092 12.524 1.830  
20 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Acura NSX GT3 6 1'54.120 12.552 0.028  
21 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C7.R 6 1'55.261 13.693 1.141  
22 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 4 1'57.821 16.253 2.560  
23 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi          
24 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
DPi Cadillac DPi          
25 24 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 2        
26 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi          
27 33 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3          
28 38 United States Kyle Masson
Canada Cameron Cassels
LMP2 ORECA LMP2          
29 50 Will Owen
United States Kyle Kaiser
DPi Cadillac DPi          
30 52 United States Matt McMurry
Eric Lux
LMP2 ORECA LMP2          
31 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
DPi Mazda DPi 2        
32 66 France Sébastien Bourdais
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 2        
33 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 1        
34 73 United States Patrick Long
Germany Marco Seefried
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 3        
35 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi          
36 85 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi          
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