Road America IMSA: Jarvis tops incident-packed first practice

Oliver Jarvis set the pace for Mazda Team Joest in opening hour of practice for Road America’s round of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.

Road America IMSA: Jarvis tops incident-packed first practice

The session started with a bang, as Pipo Derani was forced to bail out of the #22 ESM Nissan DPi as it spectacularly erupted in flames on its out lap due to a fuel pressure issue. He was singed but otherwise unhurt.

A second red flag was later caused by the #33 Mercedes of Ben Keating going off heavily at Turn 8.

Stephen Simpson set the early pace at 1m52.816s, 0.152s ahead of recent pacesetter Colin Braun’s similar LMP2 Oreca. Felipe Nasr split them on 1m52.957s in his #31 Action Express Cadillac.

Scott Sharp then hit the top of the times in the #2 ESM Nissan with a 1m52.647s, despite a turbo boost issue, before Oliver Jarvis took over P1 with a 1m52.627s.

Jarvis retained top spot until the finish, ahead of Sharp, Simpson, Nasr and Braun.

Patrick Pilet, Porsche

Patrick Pilet, Porsche

Photo by: Art Fleischmann

Porsche leads BMW in GTLM

Patrick Pilet’s #911 Porsche 911 RSR dominated the session in GTLM, recording a 2m04.082s early on that proved unbeatable by class rivals.

Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia made substantial improvements late on to take second in class, working down to 2m04.274s. Dirk Muller was the fastest Ford GT in third, the #66 ahead of the #24 BMW M8 of John Edwards. Oliver Gavin (Chevy) and Earl Bamber (Porsche) were next up.

Andy Lally, Audi

Andy Lally, Audi

Photo by: Jake Galstad / LAT Images

Magnus Audi fastest in GTD

In GT Daytona, Andy Lally led the way on 2m07.048s in his #44 Magnus Racing Audi, a tenth clear of Jack Hawksworth’s #15 Lexus RC F. Jorg Bergmeister was third in the #73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3, ahead of the Keating Mercedes that requires a huge repair job.

Pos Num Drivers Class Chassis Time Gap
1 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
P Mazda DPi 1'52.627  
2 2 United States Scott Sharp
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
P Nissan DPi 1'52.647 0.020
3 99 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
South Africa Stephen Simpson
P ORECA LMP2 1'52.816 0.189
4 31 United States Eric Curran
Brazil Felipe Nasr
P Cadillac DPi 1'52.957 0.330
5 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
P ORECA LMP2 1'52.968 0.341
6 5 Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Portugal Joao Barbosa
P Cadillac DPi 1'53.121 0.494
7 7 Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
P Acura DPi 1'53.376 0.749
8 85 Switzerland Simon Trummer
United States Robert Alon
P ORECA LMP2 1'53.778 1.151
9 52 Colombia Gustavo Yacaman
Colombia Sebastian Saavedra
P Ligier LMP2 1'53.822 1.195
10 10 United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
P Cadillac DPi 1'53.865 1.238
11 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States Dane Cameron
P Acura DPi 1'53.868 1.241
12 55 United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United States Jonathan Bomarito
P Mazda DPi 1'54.539 1.912
13 911 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Patrick Pilet
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 2'04.082 11.455
14 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C7.R 2'04.274 11.647
15 66 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 2'04.341 11.714
16 24 United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 2'04.797 12.170
17 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 2'04.883 12.256
18 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 2'04.939 12.312
19 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 2'04.943 12.316
20 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
United Kingdom Alexander Sims
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 2'05.621 12.994
21 44 United States Andy Lally
United States John Potter
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'07.048 14.421
22 15 Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'07.172 14.545
23 73 Germany Jörg Bergmeister
United States Patrick Lindsey
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'07.263 14.636
24 33 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United States Ben Keating
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'07.277 14.650
25 14 Canada Kyle Marcelli
Austria Dominik Baumann
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'07.371 14.744
26 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'07.532 14.905
27 58 United States Patrick Long
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'07.570 14.943
28 63 Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
United States Cooper MacNeil
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'07.719 15.092
29 86 Portugal Alvaro Parente
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'07.766 15.139
30 93 United States Justin Marks
United States Lawson Aschenbach
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'08.511 15.884
31 96 Finland Markus Palttala
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 2'08.693 16.066
32 51 Francesco Piovanetti
Ozz Negri
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'08.724 16.097
33 22 Brazil Pipo Derani
United States Johannes van Overbeek
P Nissan DPi no time  –

 

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