Petit Le Mans: Sensational Nasr puts AXR top again in FP4

Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr topped fourth practice for this weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans with a lap two seconds under last year’s pole time and over 0.6sec clear of his closest pursuers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Petit Le Mans: Sensational Nasr puts AXR top again in FP4

The ex-Formula 1 driver’s Cadillac DPi-V.R lapped the 2.54-mile Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta course in 68.419sec, an average speed of more than 133mph, to go 0.622sec clear of Ricky Taylor’s best in the Acura Team Penske ARX-05 and almost 0.7sec clear of the next fastest Cadillac.

That was the other AXR machine piloted by Filipe Albuquerque, who was nearly 0.2sec clear of Renger van der Zande’s top lap in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy.

Timo Bernhard was quickest Mazda RT24-P driver in fifth – Harry Tincknell had a brief off in the #55 car – while championship aspirant (and former champ) Dane Cameron was seventh in the second Acura.

Matt McMurry was less that 0.2sec clear of Kyle Masson in the two-car LMP2 battle.

James Calado’s 1min 15.757sec lap for series returnee Risi Competizione lifted the Ferrari 488 almost half a second clear of its nearest pursuer, Philipp Eng in the #24 RLLR-run BMW M8, while Richard Westbrook was top Ford GT driver in third, a couple of thousandths ahead of Antonio Garcia’s Corvette C7.R.

In GT Daytona, Robby Foley was fastest for Turner Motorsports, his BMW M6 GT3 only 0.061 ahead of Toni Vilander in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3, and 0.070 faster than Ricardo Feller in the Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS.

Jeroen Bleekemolen’s pace suggests the Mercedes AMG-GT3 of Riley Motorsports should be in the hunt for pole.

Qualifying begins at 3.55pm local (Eastern) time.

Session results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
United States Eric Curran
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'08.419
2 7 United States Ricky Taylor
Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Graham Rahal
DPi Acura DPi 1'09.041 0.622
3 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'09.115 0.696
4 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
France Matthieu Vaxiviere
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'09.301 0.882
5 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
Germany Timo Bernhard
DPi Mazda DPi 1'09.345 0.926
6 85 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
Colombia Juan Piedrahita
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'09.517 1.098
7 6 United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
France Simon Pagenaud
DPi Acura DPi 1'09.667 1.248
8 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
France Romain Dumas
DPi Nissan DPi 1'09.716 1.297
9 50 United States Will Owen
Austria Rene Binder
United States Spencer Pigot
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'09.863 1.444
10 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
United States Chris Miller
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'09.949 1.530
11 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
France Olivier Pla
DPi Mazda DPi 1'09.987 1.568
12 52 United States Matt McMurry
France Gabriel Aubry
Canada Dalton Kellett
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'11.209 2.790
13 38 Canada Cameron Cassels
United States Kyle Masson
United States Andrew Evans
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'11.398 2.979
14 62 United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Brazil Daniel Serra
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 1'15.757 7.338
15 24 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
Austria Philipp Eng
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'16.237 7.818
16 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
New Zealand Scott Dixon
GTLM Ford GT 1'16.365 7.946
17 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'16.369 7.950
18 25 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Connor de Phillippi
United States Colton Herta
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'16.396 7.977
19 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Switzerland Marcel Fassler
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'16.494 8.075
20 911 France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'16.500 8.081
21 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
France Mathieu Jaminet
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'16.616 8.197
22 66 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
France Sébastien Bourdais
GTLM Ford GT 1'16.814 8.395
23 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
United States Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'19.462 11.043
24 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
United States Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'19.523 11.104
25 29 Germany Christopher Mies
Switzerland Richard Feller
Canada Daniel Morad
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'19.532 11.113
26 33 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Brazil Felipe Fraga
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'19.596 11.177
27 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'19.812 11.393
28 47 United States Brandon Gdovic
United States Don Yount
Japan Shinya Michimi
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'19.883 11.464
29 9 Canada Scott Hargrove
Canada Zacharie Robichon
Germany Lars Kern
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'19.925 11.506
30 14 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
United States Parker Chase
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'19.969 11.550
31 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Corey Lewis
Germany Marco Seefried
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'20.053 11.634
32 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
United States Justin Marks
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'20.121 11.702
33 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Brazil Ana Beatriz
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'20.130 11.711
34 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
United States Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'20.383 11.964
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