Sebring 12h: Cadillac 1-2-3 in second practice

Balance of Performance mods have blunted the fangs of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs but they still have serious bite, as Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing dominated the times during second practice for the 65th 12 Hours of Sebring.

Sebring 12h: Cadillac 1-2-3 in second practice
#5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque
#3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller
#13 Rebellion Racing ORECA 07: Neel Jani, Sébastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld
#911 Porsche Team North America Porsche 911 RSR: Patrick Pilet, Dirk Werner, Frédéric Makowiecki
#4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fässler
#73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche GT3 R: Patrick Lindsey, Jörg Bergmeister, Matt McMurry
#68 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Billy Johnson, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla
#31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Eric Curran, Dane Cameron, Mike Conway

The Action Express Cadillacs of first Mike Conway and then Joao Barbosa hit the top of the Prototype times, despite Albuquerque briefly suffering a broken throttle.

However, this pair were shoved aside by the similar Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy as Jordan Taylor became the first and only driver in this session to crack the 1min50sec barrier, ringing up a 1m49.888s.

That put him 0.215 ahead of Barbosa’s best in the #5 car, and almost half a second clear of Conway’s time in the entry of reigning champions Dane Cameron/Eric Curran.

Reigning WEC champion Neel Jani eventually whittled the Rebellion Racing Oreca’s deficit down to seven tenths of a second, with Tristan Nunez in the #55 Mazda a further 0.7sec behind. Brendon Hartley spun the #22 Extreme Speed Motorsport Nissan-Ligier in the closing minutes and wound up sixth.

GT Le Mans saw Corvette Racing back where it belongs, the defending Sebring winner Tommy Milner putting the #4 at the top, and Antonio Garcia grabbing third. The yellow pair were split by last week’s St. Petersburg IndyCar winner Sebastien Bourdais in the #66 Ford GT which was less than two-tenths off top spot.

Patrick Pilet drove his #911 Porsche 911 RSR to fourth, just ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella’s best in the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488, and the other two Fords of Stefan Mucke and Scott Dixon.

GT Daytona continued to see the Audi R8 LMS machines of Stevenson Motorsports and Land-Motorsport looking strong, with Andrew Davis putting the #57 car some 0.2sec clear at the head of the charts. However, this time the R8s were split by a superlative effort from Austin Cindric in the #15 Lexus RC F of 3GT Racing. Behind Christopher Mies in the Land-Motorsport car was Patrick Lindsey in the Park Place Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R, Spencer Pumpelly in Alegra Motorsport’s similar Porsche and Sage Karam in the second Lexus.

Colin Thompson put BAR1 on top in Prototype Challenge, 0.13sec up on Pato O’Ward’s Performance Tech entry.

Sebring FP2 times

PosDriverClassChassisLapsTimeGap
1 united_states  Jordan Taylor 
united_states  Ricky Taylor 
united_kingdom  Alex Lynn 
P Cadillac DPi 21 1'49.888  
2 brazil  Christian Fittipaldi 
portugal  Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal  Joao Barbosa 
P Cadillac DPi 23 1'50.103 0.215
3 united_kingdom  Mike Conway 
united_states  Dane Cameron 
united_states  Eric Curran 
P Cadillac DPi 17 1'50.370 0.482
4 germany  Nick Heidfeld 
switzerland  Sébastien Buemi 
switzerland  Neel Jani 
P ORECA 27 1'50.602 0.714
5 united_states  Spencer Pigot 
united_states  Jonathan Bomarito 
united_states  Tristan Nunez 
P Mazda DPi 22 1'51.281 1.393
6 brazil  Bruno Senna 
new_zealand  Brendon Hartley 
united_states  Ed Brown 
united_states  Johannes van Overbeek
P Nissan DPi 23 1'51.610 1.722
7 canada  Mikhail Goikhberg 
united_states  Chris Miller 
south_africa  Stephen Simpson 
P ORECA 22 1'51.786 1.898
8 united_states  Tom Long 
united_states  Joel Miller 
united_kingdom  Marino Franchitti 
P Mazda DPi 21 1'52.233 2.345
9 united_kingdom  Tom Kimber-Smith 
mexico  Jose Gutierrez 
united_states  Mike Guasch 
P Ligier 25 1'52.549 2.661
10 germany  René Rast 
belgium  Marc Goossens 
netherlands  Renger van der Zande 
P Multimatic/Riley 20 1'53.062 3.174
11 colombia  Gustavo Yacaman 
united_states  Colin Thompson 
united_states  Marc Drumwright 
united_states  Chapman Ducote 
PC ORECA FLM09 23 1'54.741 4.853
12 united_states  James French 
united_states  Kyle Masson 
united_states  Patricio O'Ward 
PC ORECA FLM09 23 1'54.875 4.987
13 switzerland  Marcel Fassler 
united_kingdom  Oliver Gavin 
united_states  Tommy Milner 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 23 1'57.206 7.318
14 france  Sébastien Bourdais 
united_states  Joey Hand 
germany  Dirk Müller 
GTLM Ford GT 20 1'57.372 7.484
15 denmark  Jan Magnussen 
spain  Antonio Garcia 
germany  Mike Rockenfeller 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 21 1'57.433 7.545
16 france  Patrick Pilet 
france  Frédéric Makowiecki 
germany  Dirk Werner 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 14 1'57.441 7.553
17 italy  Giancarlo Fisichella 
united_kingdom  James Calado 
finland  Toni Vilander 
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 22 1'57.501 7.613
18 germany  Stefan Mücke 
france  Olivier Pla 
united_states  Billy Johnson 
GTLM Ford GT 25 1'57.528 7.640
19 australia  Ryan Briscoe 
new_zealand  Scott Dixon 
united_kingdom  Richard Westbrook 
GTLM Ford GT 17 1'57.571 7.683
20 canada  Garett Grist 
united_states  Max Hanratty 
canada  James Dayson 
PC ORECA FLM09 22 1'57.817 7.929
21 united_states  Don Yount 
united_states  Buddy Rice 
canada  Daniel Burkett 
PC ORECA FLM09 22 1'58.246 8.358
22 austria  Richard Lietz 
france  Kevin Estre 
belgium  Laurens Vanthoor 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 23 1'58.330 8.442
23 united_states  John Edwards 
netherlands  Nicky Catsburg 
germany  Martin Tomczyk 
GTLM BMW M6 GTLM 20 1'58.475 8.587
24 united_states  Bill Auberlen 
canada  Kuno Wittmer 
united_kingdom  Alexander Sims 
GTLM BMW M6 GTLM 26 1'59.765 9.877
25 united_states  Lawson Aschenbach 
united_states  Andrew Davis 
united_states  Matt Bell 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 24 2'01.449 11.561
26 united_states  Austin Cindric 
united_kingdom  Jack Hawksworth 
united_states  Robert Alon 
GTD Lexus RCF GT3 20 2'01.676 11.788
27 united_states  Connor de Phillippi 
france  Jules Gounon 
germany  Christopher Mies 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 22 2'01.692 11.804
28 germany  Jörg Bergmeister 
united_states  Patrick Lindsey 
united_states  Matt McMurry 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 24 2'01.705 11.817
29 denmark  Michael Christensen 
canada  Daniel Morad 
united_states  Spencer Pumpelly 
united_states  Michael de Quesada 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 23 2'01.751 11.863
30 united_states  Scott Pruett 
united_kingdom  Ian James 
united_states  Sage Karam 
GTD Lexus RCF GT3 16 2'01.816 11.928
31 italy  Matteo Cressoni 
denmark  Christina Nielsen 
italy  Alessandro Balzan 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 24 2'01.866 11.978
32 united_states  Justin Marks 
germany  Jens Klingmann 
finland  Jesse Krohn 
GTD BMW M6 GT3 25 2'01.961 12.073
33 united_states  Townsend Bell 
united_states  Frankie Montecalvo 
united_states  Bill Sweedler 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 22 2'01.988 12.100
34 united_states  Boris Said 
australia  Kenny Habul 
france  Tristan Vautier 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 18 2'02.039 12.151
35 netherlands  Jeroen Bleekemolen 
united_states  Ben Keating 
germany  Mario Farnbacher 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 23 2'02.101 12.213
36 united_states  Cooper MacNeil 
united_states  Gunnar Jeannette 
new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 18 2'02.278 12.390
37 united_states  Andy Lally 
united_kingdom  Katherine Legge 
canada  Mark Wilkins 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 20 2'02.455 12.567
38 south_africa  Dion von Moltke 
united_states  Bryan Sellers 
united_states  Madison Snow 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 21 2'02.611 12.723
39 france  Emmanuel Collard 
italy  Fabio Babini 
italy  Emanuele Busnelli 
italy  Michele Beretta 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 24 2'02.849 12.961
40 united_states  Jeff Segal 
brazil  Oswaldo Negri Jr. 
united_states  Tom Dyer 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 20 2'03.553 13.665
41 italy  Paolo Ruberti 
united_states  Lawrence DeGeorge 
monaco  Cedric Sbirrazzuoli 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 21 2'03.830 13.942
42 sweden  Niclas Jönsson 
united_states  Jon Bennett 
united_states  Colin Braun 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 19 2'04.652 14.764
43 united_states  Brandon Gdovic 
united_states  Anthony Massari 
canada  Emmanuel Anassis 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 22 2'05.970 16.082
44 united_states  Brett Sandberg 
united_states  Corey Lewis 
netherlands  Jeroen Mul 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 5 2'06.046 16.158
45 italy  Richard Antinucci 
switzerland  Rolf Ineichen 
italy  Mirko Bortolotti 
germany  Christian Engelhart 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 3 2'36.376 46.488
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