VIR IMSA: Pilet fastest in FP2 for Porsche

Porsche’s Patrick Pilet set the pace in the second practice session for the GT-only round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Virginia International Raceway.

VIR IMSA: Pilet fastest in FP2 for Porsche

Despite predictions of rain, the session stayed dry. Pilet surged to the top of the times in his #911 911 RSR with 13 minutes remaining, lapping in 1m41.234s to topple Antonio Garcia’s Corvette C7.R from the top spot.

Earl Bamber was third quickest in the #912 Porsche, a tenth of a second off the pacesetting sister car. Richard Westbrook was the quickest Ford, just 0.006s behind Bamber in the #67 GT in fourth.

Jesse Krohn was fifth fastest in the first of the RLL-run BMW M8s, ahead of Dirk Muller (Ford), Tommy Milner (Corvette) and Tom Blomqvist’s BMW.

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In GT Daytona, Jack Hawksworth set the pace in the AIM-Vasser Sullivan Lexus, ahead of Robby Foley in the #96 Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 and Bryan Sellers in the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

The session was briefly interrupted near the end when Andy Lally’s Magnus Racing Lamborghini suffered a major technical issue.

Earlier, Katherine Legge had a big moment in the #57 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 early on due to a suspension problem, but didn’t hit anything and the car was repaired in time for her new teammate, Alice Powell, to get out on track at the end of the session.

Session results:

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR 30 1'41.234
2 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
Corvette C7.R 31 1'41.324 0.090
3 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR 31 1'41.337 0.103
4 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Ford GT 26 1'41.343 0.109
5 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
BMW M8 GTE 27 1'41.574 0.340
6 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
Ford GT 23 1'41.674 0.440
7 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Corvette C7.R 32 1'41.946 0.712
8 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Connor de Phillippi
BMW M8 GTE 27 1'42.252 1.018
9 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Lexus RC F GT3 25 1'43.783 2.549
10 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
BMW M6 GT3 29 1'43.944 2.710
11 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Corey Lewis
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 25 1'44.273 3.039
12 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GT3 28 1'44.344 3.110
13 United States Paul Holton
United States Matt Plumb
McLaren 720S GT3 19 1'44.415 3.181
14 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Mercedes-AMG GT3 22 1'44.533 3.299
15 United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
Mercedes-AMG 26 1'44.537 3.303
16 United States Patrick Lindsey
United States Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 25 1'44.660 3.426
17 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
Lexus RC F GT3 25 1'44.953 3.719
18 Canada Scott Hargrove
Canada Zacharie Robichon
Porsche 911 GT3 R 24 1'44.989 3.755
19 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
Acura NSX GT3 22 1'45.138 3.904
20 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
United Kingdom Alice Powell
Acura NSX GT3 14 1'45.449 4.215
21 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 21 1'45.507 4.273
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