VIR IMSA: Estre stays top, Hawksworth’s Lexus leads GTD

Kevin Estre led the second practice session for tomorrow’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIRaceway, while Jack Hawksworth topped the GT Daytona class.

VIR IMSA: Estre stays top, Hawksworth’s Lexus leads GTD

As per this morning, Estre led GT Le Mans in the WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR although by a heavily reduced margin of 0.362sec. Nonethless, his lap of 1min40.838sec was highly impressive given that the opening moments of the session had seen sprinkles of rain and mist.

Tommy Milner in the #4 car led the Corvette C8.R challenge, about 0.11sec ahead of championship leader Jordan Taylor.

Jack Hawksworth in the #14 Lexus RC F of Vasser Sullivan Racing topped GT Daytona with a 1min44.968sec lap, some 0.086 and 0.185sec ahead of the two Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantages of Ross Gunn and Alex Riberas respectively.

Zach Veach was fourth in the second Lexus, a couple of tenths off his fellow ex-IndyCar teammate.

Bryan Sellers was fifth in class, the Paul Miller Racing team having overcome its electrical problems in the #1 Lamborghini Huracan from first practice to shade the two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs of Laurens Vanthoor (Pfaff Motorsports) and Trent Hindman (Wright Motorsports) by thousandths and hundredths respectively.

Jeff Westphal of Carbahn Peregrine lapped the course eighth fastest in the Audi R8 ahead of Mario Farnbacher in the Gradient Racing Acura NSX, as he stands in for the injured Marc Miller.

The Turner Motorsports BMW M6 completed only six laps, heading back to the paddock with a coolant leak, according to IMSA Radio.

Qualifying begins at 4.35pm local (Eastern) time.

Cla Driver Class Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 United States Cooper MacNeil
France Kevin Estre
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 26 1'40.838
2 United States Tommy Milner
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Corvette C8.R 32 1'41.200 0.362
3 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
GTLM Corvette C8.R 33 1'41.313 0.475
4 United States Aaron Telitz
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 24 1'44.407 3.569
5 Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 27 1'44.493 3.655
6 United Kingdom Ian James
Spain Alex Riberas
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 28 1'44.592 3.754
7 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Zach Veach
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 28 1'44.613 3.775
8 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 26 1'44.648 3.810
9 Canada Zacharie Robichon
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 29 1'44.655 3.817
10 United States Trent Hindman
United States Patrick Long
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 26 1'44.711 3.873
11 United States Richard Heistand
United States Jeff Westphal
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 23 1'44.912 4.074
12 United States Till Bechtolsheimer
Germany Mario Farnbacher
GTD Acura NSX GT3 30 1'45.001 4.163
13 Canada Daniel Morad
United States Michael de Quesada
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 29 1'45.614 4.776
14 United States Mike Skeen
United States Guy Cosmo
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 23 1'45.631 4.793
15 United States Rob Ferriol
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 28 1'45.848 5.010
16 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Acura NSX GT3 24 1'45.929 5.091
17 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Franck Perera
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 25 1'46.149 5.311
18 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 6 1'46.177 5.339
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