Watkins Glen IMSA: Tincknell puts Mazda top in first practice

Mazda's Harry Tincknell lapped Watkins Glen in 1min30.690sec to beat Helio Castroneves’ best efforts for Acura Team Penske by just 0.112sec in opening practice for this weekend’s Sahlen’s 6 Hours.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Tincknell puts Mazda top in first practice

Castroneves’ co-driver in the #7 Acura ARX-05 Ricky Taylor had set the fastest lap until the ex-IndyCar star chipped two-tenths off that time. But with just a couple of minutes to go, Tincknell’s #55 Mazda Team Joest entry went just over 0.1sec faster to grab P1.

With Will Hardeman bringing out a red flag for a shunt in the #19 Moorespeed Audi R8, Tincknell’s time went unchallenged.

Behind Castroneves was teammate Dane Cameron who, along with Juan Pablo Montoya, has won the last two rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He was one-tenth quicker than last year’s polesitter, CORE autosport’s Colin Braun in the Nissan DPi.

Felipe Nasr was fastest of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, his top time in the #31 Action Express Racing entry being almost 1sec off Ticknell’s benchmark, but faster than Tristan Nunez in the second Mazda.

Mike Conway, preparing for his first IMSA race of the year after visa trouble left him unable to compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, put the #5 AXR Cadillac into seventh, just ahead of Renger van der Zande in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

The two Ford GTs of Richard Westbrook and Dirk Muller topped the GT Le Mans class ahead of Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner in the only Corvette C7.R to hit the track, while Laurens Vanthoor slotted the best Porsche ahead of the two BMWs.

The other Porsche had to go back to the paddock for rectification of a power steering problem.

Andy Lally’s Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan topped GT Daytona ahead of the Bill Auberlen-piloted BMW M6 of Turner Motorsports and Dirk Werner in the Black Swan Racing Porsche.

Session results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
France Olivier Pla
DPi Mazda DPi 1'30.690
2 7 United States Ricky Taylor
Brazil Helio Castroneves
DPi Acura DPi 1'30.802 0.112
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 1'31.224 0.534
4 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
France Romain Dumas
DPi Nissan DPi 1'31.334 0.644
5 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
United States Eric Curran
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'31.677 0.987
6 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
Germany Timo Bernhard
DPi Mazda DPi 1'31.841 1.151
7 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'31.871 1.181
8 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'31.910 1.220
9 85 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
Colombia Juan Piedrahita
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'32.904 2.214
10 50 United States Will Owen
Austria Rene Binder
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'34.046 3.356
11 52 United States Matt McMurry
France Gabriel Aubry
Eric Lux
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'34.373 3.683
12 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
United States Chris Miller
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'34.508 3.818
13 38 Canada Cameron Cassels
Andrew Evans
United States Kyle Masson
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'34.846 4.156
14 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 1'42.673 11.983
15 66 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 1'42.716 12.026
16 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'42.923 12.233
17 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'42.948 12.258
18 24 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'43.447 12.757
19 25 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Connor de Phillippi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'43.466 12.776
20 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'45.406 14.716
21 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
United States Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'45.652 14.962
22 540 United States Marc Miller
Germany Marco Seefried
Germany Dirk Werner
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'45.696 15.006
23 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Corey Lewis
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'45.827 15.137
24 29 Germany Christopher Mies
Switzerland Richard Feller
Canada Daniel Morad
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'46.117 15.427
25 19 United States Andrew Davis
Spain Alex Riberas
United States Will Hardeman
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'46.439 15.749
26 14 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Switzerland Philipp Frommenwiler
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'46.473 15.783
27 73 United States Patrick Lindsey
United States Patrick Long
United States Nicholas Boulle
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'46.594 15.904
28 33 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Brazil Felipe Fraga
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'46.637 15.947
29 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
United States Justin Marks
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'46.679 15.989
30 9 Canada Scott Hargrove
Canada Zacharie Robichon
Lars Kern
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'46.856 16.166
31 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'47.350 16.660
32 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
United States Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'48.024 17.334
33 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
Brazil Ana Beatriz
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'48.177 17.487
34 8 United States Parker Chase
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
United States Mike Skeen
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'49.267 18.577
35 47 United States Brandon Gdovic
United States Don Yount
Jacob Eidson
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'49.752 19.062
36 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C7.R
37 911 France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR
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