Sebring 12 Hours: Mazda Team Joest 1-2 in night practice

Rene Rast and Harry Tincknell put the Joest-run Mazda RT24-Ps on top of the times at Sebring during third practice for Saturday’s Sebring 12 Hours.

Sebring 12 Hours: Mazda Team Joest 1-2 in night practice

Rast’s #77 lapped the 3.74-mile 17-turn track in 1min48.233 on his ninth tour to claim top spot 0.457sec ahead of Tincknell, who in turn was 0.11sec faster than the quickest Cadillac, the #31 Action Express machine of Felipe Nasr.

Olivier Pla was fourth for ESM Nissan, with Romain Dumas claiming fifth for CORE autosport’s Oreca and Filipe Albuquerque sixth in the second AXR Caddy. Those six entries were covered by one second.

Dane Cameron ‘s #6 Penske-Acura was seventh ahead of Johannes van Overbeek in the second ESM car, while Tristan Vautier and Jordan Taylor completed the Top 10 in the Cadillacs of Spirit of Daytona and Wayne Taylor Racing respectively.

Dirk Muller and Richard Westbrook were first and fourth for the Ganassi-run Ford GTs, while their co-drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon were able to join them in the #67 and #66 cars after flying in from Firestone testing at Texas Motor Speedway where strong winds had curtailed track time.

In between the Fords on the timing screens were Alexander Sims in the #25 BMW M8 and Laurens Vanthoor in the #912 Porsche 911 RSR.

Markus Palttala put the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 at the head of the GT Daytona ranking, ahead of Daniel Serra’s Spirit of Race Ferrari 488, and the Montaplast by Land Audi R8. 

Third practice results:

Pos.No.DriversClassChassisTimeGap
1 77 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
germany René Rast 
united_states Tristan Nunez 
P Mazda DPi 1'48.233  
2 55 united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
united_states Spencer Pigot 
united_states Jonathan Bomarito 
P Mazda DPi 1'48.690 0.457
3 31 united_kingdom Mike Conway 
united_states Eric Curran 
brazil Felipe Nasr 
P Cadillac DPi 1'48.799 0.566
4 2 united_states Scott Sharp 
united_kingdom Ryan Dalziel 
france Olivier Pla 
P Nissan DPi 1'48.836 0.603
5 54 france Romain Dumas 
united_states Jon Bennett 
united_states Colin Braun 
P ORECA LMP2 1'49.083 0.850
6 5 brazil Christian Fittipaldi 
portugal Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal Joao Barbosa 
P Cadillac DPi 1'49.155 0.922
7 6 colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 
france Simon Pagenaud 
united_states Dane Cameron 
P Acura DPi 1'49.302 1.069
8 22 brazil Pipo Derani 
united_states Johannes van Overbeek 
france Nicolas Lapierre 
P Nissan DPi 1'49.404 1.171
9 90 united_states Matt McMurry 
france Tristan Vautier 
italy  Eddie Cheever III 
P Cadillac DPi 1'49.938 1.705
10 10 united_states Jordan Taylor 
united_states Ryan Hunter-Reay 
netherlands Renger van der Zande 
P Cadillac DPi 1'49.999 1.766
11 52 colombia Gustavo Yacaman 
mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
colombia Sebastian Saavedra 
P Ligier LMP2 1'50.004 1.771
12 7 brazil Helio Castroneves 
united_states Graham Rahal 
united_states Ricky Taylor 
P Acura DPi 1'50.111 1.878
13 32 united_kingdom Paul di Resta 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
united_kingdom Phil Hanson 
P Ligier LMP2 1'50.713 2.480
14 99 canada Mikhail Goikhberg 
united_states Chris Miller 
south_africa Stephen Simpson 
P ORECA LMP2 1'51.135 2.902
15 38 united_states James French 
united_states  Kyle Masson 
mexico Patricio O'Ward 
P ORECA LMP2 1'51.336 3.103
16 85 switzerland Simon Trummer 
france Nelson Panciatici 
united_states Robert Alon 
P ORECA LMP2 1'51.548 3.315
17 66 france Sébastien Bourdais 
united_states Joey Hand 
germany Dirk Müller 
GTLM Ford GT 1'57.371 9.138
18 25 united_states Bill Auberlen 
united_states Connor de Phillippi 
united_kingdom Alexander Sims 
GTLM BMW M8 GTLM 1'57.654 9.421
19 912 italy Gianmaria Bruni 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
belgium Laurens Vanthoor 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'57.843 9.610
20 67 australia Ryan Briscoe 
new_zealand Scott Dixon 
united_kingdom Richard Westbrook 
GTLM Ford GT 1'58.034 9.801
21 62 united_kingdom James Calado 
finland Toni Vilander 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 1'58.108 9.875
22 24 united_states John Edwards 
finland Jesse Krohn 
netherlands Nick Catsburg 
GTLM BMW M8 GTLM 1'58.563 10.330
23 3 denmark Jan Magnussen 
spain Antonio Garcia 
germany Mike Rockenfeller 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'58.660 10.427
24 4 switzerland Marcel Fassler 
united_kingdom Oliver Gavin 
united_states Tommy Milner 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'58.748 10.515
25 911 united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
france Patrick Pilet 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'58.762 10.529
26 96 united_states Don Yount 
finland Markus Palttala 
united_states Dillon Machavern 
GTD BMW M6 GT3 2'00.970 12.737
27 51 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
brazil Daniel Serra 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'01.052 12.819
28 29 belgium Alessio Picariello 
germany Christopher Mies 
south_africa Sheldon Van Der Linde 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'01.065 12.832
29 44 united_states Andy Lally 
united_states Andrew Davis 
united_states John Potter 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'01.102 12.869
30 58 united_states Patrick Long 
denmark Christina Nielsen 
germany Robert Renauer 
france Mathieu Jaminet 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'01.159 12.926
31 15 denmark David Heinemeier Hansson 
united_kingdom Jack Hawksworth 
united_states Sean Rayhall 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'01.202 12.969
32 33 netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 
united_states Ben Keating 
germany Luca Stolz 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'01.250 13.017
33 14 canada Kyle Marcelli 
austria Dominik Baumann 
switzerland Philipp Frommenwiler 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'01.408 13.175
34 63 united_states Cooper MacNeil 
united_states Gunnar Jeannette 
italy Alessandro Balzan 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'01.439 13.206
35 64 united_states Townsend Bell 
united_states Frankie Montecalvo 
united_states Bill Sweedler 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'01.567 13.334
36 86 portugal Alvaro Parente 
united_kingdom Katherine Legge 
united_states Trent Hindman 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'01.582 13.349
37 75 australia Kenny Habul 
germany Thomas Jäger 
canada Mikael Grenier 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'01.620 13.387
38 71 united_states Kenton Koch 
italy  Loris Spinelli 
colombia  JC Perez 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'01.721 13.488
39 48 united_states Corey Lewis 
united_states Bryan Sellers 
united_states Madison Snow 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'02.139 13.906
40 36 united_states Marc Miller 
canada Kuno Wittmer 
united_states Till Bechtolsheimer 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'02.398 14.165
41 69 united_states Ryan Eversley 
united_states Tom Dyer 
united_states Chad Gilsinger 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'02.427 14.194
42 73 germany Jörg Bergmeister 
united_states Tim Pappas 
united_states Patrick Lindsey 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'02.815 14.582
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