Sebring 12 Hours: Taylor puts Penske-Acura on top again

The Acura Penske team again led the way in second free practice for this weekend's Sebring 12 Hours, the second round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Sebring 12 Hours: Taylor puts Penske-Acura on top again
#7 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi, P: Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, Graham Rahal
#7 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi, P: Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, Graham Rahal
#7 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi, P: Ricky Taylor
#93 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX, GTD: Lawson Aschenbach, Justin Marks, Mario Farnbacher
#67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT
#93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX
#54 CORE autosport ORECA LMP2, P: Jon Bennett, Colin Braun, Romain Dumas

The #7 Acura ARX-05 DPi was quickest in the second afternoon session in the hands of Ricky Taylor. His time of 1m47.841s was just over half a second off teammate Helio Castroneves's best from the morning session. 

Mazda was P2 in the second 60-minute session, thanks to Jonathan Bomarito’s best lap of 1m48.753s in the #55 Mazda RT24-P. 

Just 0.05sec shy of Bomarito’s best was Filipe Albuquerque who took third place in the faster of the Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.Rs. That was enough to put the Portuguese driver two tenths up on the second Mazda driven by Tristan Nunez. 

The fastest LMP2 car was the CORE autosport Oreca 07 in which Colin Braun posted a 1m49.456s to take fifth position ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya in the second of the Penske Acuras. 

Ford maintained its hold on top spot in the GT Le Mans class with Richard Westbrook quickest in the #67 Chip Ganassi-run GT with a 1m57.566s – 0.001s faster than teammate Dirk Muller's session one best. 

James Calado was just 0.036s in arrears in the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, while Muller was third fastest in the second Ford. 

Jack Hawksworth led the way in the GT Daytona class with the 3GT Lexus RC F. The Briton's best time of 2m00.427s put him one hundredth of a second up on Mario Farnbacher in the best of the Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s. 

The session was stopped 10 minutes early when Justin Marks crashed his Acura at Tower Turn. 

Second practice results:

Pos.No.DriverClassChassisTimeGap
1 7 brazil Helio Castroneves 
united_states Graham Rahal 
united_states Ricky Taylor 
P Acura DPi 1'47.841  
2 55 united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
united_states Spencer Pigot 
united_states Jonathan Bomarito 
P Mazda DPi 1'48.753 0.912
3 5 brazil Christian Fittipaldi 
portugal Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal Joao Barbosa 
P Cadillac DPi 1'48.805 0.964
4 77 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
germany René Rast 
united_states Tristan Nunez 
P Mazda DPi 1'49.063 1.222
5 54 france Romain Dumas 
united_states Jon Bennett 
united_states Colin Braun 
P ORECA LMP2 1'49.456 1.615
6 6 colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 
france Simon Pagenaud 
united_states Dane Cameron 
P Acura DPi 1'49.459 1.618
7 22 brazil Pipo Derani 
united_states Johannes van Overbeek 
france Nicolas Lapierre 
P Nissan DPi 1'49.542 1.701
8 32 united_kingdom Paul di Resta 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
united_kingdom Phil Hanson 
P Ligier LMP2 1'49.794 1.953
9 10 united_states Jordan Taylor 
united_states Ryan Hunter-Reay 
netherlands Renger van der Zande 
P Cadillac DPi 1'49.911 2.070
10 2 united_states Scott Sharp 
united_kingdom Ryan Dalziel 
france Olivier Pla 
P Nissan DPi 1'50.074 2.233
11 52 colombia Gustavo Yacaman 
mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
colombia Sebastian Saavedra 
P Ligier LMP2 1'50.341 2.500
12 99 canada Mikhail Goikhberg 
united_states Chris Miller 
south_africa Stephen Simpson 
P ORECA LMP2 1'50.623 2.782
13 31 united_kingdom Mike Conway 
united_states Eric Curran 
brazil Felipe Nasr 
P Cadillac DPi 1'50.766 2.925
14 38 united_states James French 
united_states Kyle Masson 
mexico Patricio O'Ward 
P ORECA LMP2 1'52.576 4.735
15 85 switzerland Simon Trummer 
france Nelson Panciatici 
united_states Robert Alon 
P ORECA LMP2 1'53.196 5.355
16 67 australia Ryan Briscoe 
new_zealand Scott Dixon 
united_kingdom Richard Westbrook 
GTLM Ford GT 1'57.566 9.725
17 62 united_kingdom James Calado 
finland Toni Vilander 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 1'57.602 9.761
18 66 france Sébastien Bourdais 
united_states Joey Hand 
germany Dirk Müller 
GTLM Ford GT 1'57.890 10.049
19 24 united_states John Edwards 
finland Jesse Krohn 
netherlands Nick Catsburg 
GTLM BMW M8 GTLM 1'58.402 10.561
20 25 united_states Bill Auberlen 
united_states Connor de Phillippi 
united_kingdom Alexander Sims 
GTLM BMW M8 GTLM 1'58.477 10.636
21 912 italy Gianmaria Bruni 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
belgium Laurens Vanthoor 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'58.722 10.881
22 3 denmark Jan Magnussen 
spain Antonio Garcia 
germany Mike Rockenfeller 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'58.743 10.902
23 4 switzerland Marcel Fassler 
united_kingdom Oliver Gavin 
united_states Tommy Milner 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'58.999 11.158
24 911 united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
france Patrick Pilet 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'59.167 11.326
25 15 denmark David Heinemeier Hansson 
united_kingdom Jack Hawksworth 
united_states Sean Rayhall 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'00.427 12.586
26 93 united_states Justin Marks 
united_states Lawson Aschenbach 
germany Mario Farnbacher 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'00.520 12.679
27 58 united_states Patrick Long 
denmark Christina Nielsen 
germany Robert Renauer 
france Mathieu Jaminet 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'00.635 12.794
28 14 canada Kyle Marcelli 
austria Dominik Baumann 
switzerland Philipp Frommenwiler 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'01.072 13.231
29 29 belgium Alessio Picariello 
germany Christopher Mies 
south_africa Sheldon Van Der Linde 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'01.107 13.266
30 63 united_states Cooper MacNeil 
united_states Gunnar Jeannette 
italy Alessandro Balzan 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'01.186 13.345
31 75 australia Kenny Habul 
germany Thomas Jäger 
canada Mikael Grenier 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'01.730 13.889
32 33 netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 
united_states Ben Keating 
germany Luca Stolz 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'01.763 13.922
33 73 germany Jörg Bergmeister 
united_states Tim Pappas 
united_states Patrick Lindsey 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'01.770 13.929
34 86 portugal Alvaro Parente 
united_kingdom Katherine Legge 
united_states Trent Hindman 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'01.821 13.980
35 69 united_states Ryan Eversley 
united_states Tom Dyer 
united_states Chad Gilsinger 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'01.826 13.985
36 71 united_states Kenton Koch 
italy  Loris Spinelli 
colombia  JC Perez 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'02.133 14.292
37 48 united_states Corey Lewis 
united_states Bryan Sellers 
united_states Madison Snow 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'02.200 14.359
38 44 united_states Andy Lally 
united_states Andrew Davis 
united_states John Potter 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'02.748 14.907
39 64 united_states Townsend Bell 
united_states Frankie Montecalvo 
united_states Bill Sweedler 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'02.813 14.972
40 51 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
brazil Daniel Serra 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'02.900 15.059
41 36 united_states Marc Miller 
canada Kuno Wittmer 
united_states Till Bechtolsheimer 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'02.915 15.074
42 96 united_states Don Yount 
finland Markus Palttala 
united_states Dillon Machavern 
GTD BMW M6 GT3 2'03.733 15.892
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