VIR IMSA: Garcia leads second practice for Corvette

Chevrolet’s Antonio Garcia led the second IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship practice session at Virginia International Raceway on Friday, lapping over half a second clear of his rivals.

VIR IMSA: Garcia leads second practice for Corvette

Garcia set the fastest lap of 1m41.743s just before the halfway point of the hour-long session. Tommy Milner soon made it a Chevy 1-2, on 1m42.351s – the fastest of three laps he recorded within one hundredth of a second of each other.

But Ryan Briscoe then split the Corvettes with a 1m42.262s, 0.519s off the pace but a tenth faster than Milner.

His teammate Richard Westbrook, who was fastest this morning, reported: “The car is definitely better than last year, I wasn’t comfortable in it at all then. But I’m not sure what Antonio had for breakfast!

“We knew the Corvettes would come into form in this part of the season, so it’s going to be tough.”

Dirk Muller finished fourth in the #66 Ford GT on 1m42.670s, ahead of Nick Tandy in the fastest Porsche, lapping in 1m42.712s. Tandy led the sister #912 car, driven by Laurens Vanthoor, by a tenth and a half.

Alexander Sims and John Edwards were slowest of the GTLM runners in their BMW M8s.

In GT Daytona, Jeroen Bleekemolen led the way in his Mercedes, ahead of the impressive Robby Foley in the Turner-run BMW M6.

A brief red flag was required as Road America GTD class winner Christina Nielsen was off track at the final corner in her Wright Motorsports Porsche 911, before driving back to the pits with no damage.

Patrick Long then took over and recorded the third quickest time in the car, ahead of the Lexus of Jack Hawksworth.

Session results:

Pos Num Drivers Class Car Time Gap
1 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'41.743  
2 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 1'42.262 0.519
3 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'42.351 0.608
4 66 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 1'42.670 0.927
5 911 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Patrick Pilet
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'42.712 0.969
6 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'42.866 1.123
7 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
United Kingdom Alexander Sims
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'42.934 1.191
8 24 United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'43.151 1.408
9 33 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United States Ben Keating
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'44.865 3.122
10 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'44.866 3.123
11 58 United States Patrick Long
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'45.046 3.303
12 15 Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'45.182 3.439
13 44 United States Andy Lally
United States John Potter
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'45.257 3.514
14 86 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Germany Mario Farnbacher
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'45.481 3.738
15 14 Canada Kyle Marcelli
Austria Dominik Baumann
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'45.504 3.761
16 93 United States Justin Marks
United States Lawson Aschenbach
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'45.727 3.984
17 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
United States Gunnar Jeannette
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'45.999 4.256
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