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Watkins Glen IMSA: Mazda leads wet-but-drying practice

Oliver Jarvis put the #77 Mazda RT24-P at the top of the times in the last practice before qualifying for the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, grabbing a set of slicks in the final minutes to go fastest by almost 3.5sec.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Mazda leads wet-but-drying practice

The Mazda Team Joest driver lapped the 11-turn 3.4-mile course in 1min43.279sec to beat Will Owen’s best in the Juncos Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R by 3.459sec. Renger van der Zande was next up in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy followed by the second Mazda steered by Olivier Pla.

Simon Trummer, who suffered an off yesterday, today beat JDC Miller Cadillac teammate Misha Goikhberg to fifth fastest, while Dane Cameron headed up Acura Team Penske’s effort but wasn’t lapping in the drier conditions at the end of th session.

Another team to take it easy in this session was Action Express Racing, whose Cadillacs turned only a total of 11 laps, compared with the 25 of the lead Mazda.

In GT Le Mans, Laurens Vanthoor and Patrick Pilet held sway in the two Porsche 911 RSRs until the dying moments when John Edwards took advantage of the dry track to slot his RLL BMW M8 into second place.

Richard Westbrook was fastest of the Ford GT drivers in fourth, ahead of the two Corvette C7.Rs.

In GT Daytona, Jack Hawksworth made a late jump to the top in his AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F, beating Parker Chase’s impressive effort in the Starworks Motorsport Audi R8 by just under 0.3sec, as open-wheel ace Aaron Telitz put both Lexus cars in the top three.

Christopher Mies was fourth in the Montaplast by Land Audi, while Corey Lewis turned the fastest Lamborghini lap for Paul Miller Racing, and Scott Hargrove was the fastest of the Porsche 911 GT3R runners.

Qualifying starts at 11.35am local (Eastern) time.

Cla Driver Class Chassis Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
Germany Timo Bernhard
DPi Mazda DPi 1'43.279 118.514
2 United States Will Owen
Austria Rene Binder
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'46.738 3.459 3.459 114.673
3 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'46.909 3.630 0.171 114.490
4 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
France Olivier Pla
DPi Mazda DPi 1'47.126 3.847 0.217 114.258
5 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
United States Chris Miller
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'47.815 4.536 0.689 113.528
6 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
Colombia Juan Piedrahita
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'48.421 5.142 0.606 112.893
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 1'49.506 6.227 1.085 111.775
8 Portugal Joao Barbosa
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'50.870 7.591 1.364 110.400
9 United States Ricky Taylor
Brazil Helio Castroneves
DPi Acura DPi 1'52.290 9.011 1.420 109.003
10 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'54.280 11.001 1.990 107.105
11 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'54.842 11.563 0.562 106.581
12 France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'54.915 11.636 0.073 106.514
13 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 1'55.024 11.745 0.109 106.413
14 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'55.184 11.905 0.160 106.265
15 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'55.362 12.083 0.178 106.101
16 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Connor de Phillippi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'55.431 12.152 0.069 106.037
17 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Switzerland Philipp Frommenwiler
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'57.445 14.166 2.014 104.219
18 United States Parker Chase
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
United States Mike Skeen
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'57.719 14.440 0.274 103.976
19 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 1'57.895 14.616 0.176 103.821
20 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
United States Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'57.990 14.711 0.095 103.738
21 Germany Christopher Mies
Switzerland Richard Feller
Canada Daniel Morad
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'58.729 15.450 0.739 103.092
22 Brazil Felipe Nasr
United States Eric Curran
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'58.943 15.664 0.214 102.906
23 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Corey Lewis
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'59.002 15.723 0.059 102.855
24 Canada Scott Hargrove
Canada Zacharie Robichon
Lars Kern
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'59.107 15.828 0.105 102.765
25 United States Marc Miller
Germany Marco Seefried
Germany Dirk Werner
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'59.360 16.081 0.253 102.547
26 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
United States Justin Marks
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'00.428 17.149 1.068 101.637
27 United States Patrick Lindsey
United States Patrick Long
United States Nicholas Boulle
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'01.044 17.765 0.616 101.120
28 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'04.010 20.731 2.966 98.702
29 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
United States Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 2'04.020 20.741 0.010 98.694
30 United States Brandon Gdovic
United States Don Yount
Jacob Eidson
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'05.957 22.678 1.937 97.176
31 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
Brazil Ana Beatriz
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'05.973 22.694 0.016 97.164
32 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'06.106 22.827 0.133 97.061
33 United States Andrew Davis
Spain Alex Riberas
United States Will Hardeman
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 0.000
34 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Brazil Felipe Fraga
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 0.000
35 Canada Cameron Cassels
Andrew Evans
United States Kyle Masson
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 0.000
36 United States Matt McMurry
France Gabriel Aubry
Eric Lux
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 0.000
37 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
France Romain Dumas
DPi Nissan DPi 0.000
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