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Sebring 12 Hours: Acura Team Penske dominates fourth practice

Sebring 12 Hours: Acura Team Penske dominates fourth practice
Mar 15, 2019, 1:36 PM

Dane Cameron led teammate Helio Castroneves with the fastest times of the week in the final practice session before qualifying for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the second round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Cameron’s Acura ARX-05 turned a 1min46.643sec lap of the 3.74-mile airport course early in the 90-minute session, a mere 0.033sec faster than three-time Indy 500 winning teammate Castroneves.

Filipe Albuquerque ran the Acura squad close, however, with a 1min46.799sec lap in the #5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R suggesting it could be a very exciting qualifying session, especially as it’s likely that the Mazda RT24-Ps didn’t show their full potential.

Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito were fourth and fifth, respectively 0.31 and 0.43sec away from P1.

The same was also true of the #31 AXR Cadillac which wound up sixth in the hands of Pipo Derani.

Gabriel Aubry maintained PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ preeminence in the two-car LMP2 class, clocking a 1min50.269sec lap.

Patrick Pilet’s best effort in the #911 Porsche 911 RSR was enough to send it to the top of the GT Le Mans class chased by the two Ford GTs of Richard Westbrook and Dirk Muller.

A late effort from Jesse Krohn in the #24 BMW M8 sent it ahead of Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia in the two Corvette C7.Rs, who were within half a second of top time, with Laurens Vanthoor seventh in the second 911.

In GT Daytona, Katherine Legge was quickest in the Acura NSX of Meyer Shank Racing-Heinricher Racing, pipping Mirko Bortolotti’s Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracan by 0.017sec.

Legge’s teammate Trent Hindman put in a last-gasp effort to grab third in class by 0.006sec, bumping down the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini steered by Bryan Sellers.

The Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R narrowly edged the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 and Spencer Pumpelly in the Magnus Racing Lambo for fifth in class.

Practice times:

Pos. No. Drivers Class Chassis Time Gap
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
France Simon Pagenaud
United States Dane Cameron
DPi Acura DPi 1'46.643  
2 7 United States Alexander Rossi
Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 1'46.676 0.033
3 5 New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Portugal Joao Barbosa
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'46.799 0.156
4 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Germany Timo Bernhard
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 1'46.952 0.309
5 55 United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
France Olivier Pla
United States Jonathan Bomarito
DPi Mazda DPi 1'47.074 0.431
6 31 Brazil Pipo Derani
United States Eric Curran
Brazil Felipe Nasr
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'47.174 0.531
7 85 Colombia Juan Piedrahita
Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'47.565 0.922
8 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
United States Chris Miller
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'47.823 1.180
9 54 France Romain Dumas
United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi 1'48.174 1.531
10 10 United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
France Matthieu Vaxiviere
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'48.258 1.615
11 50 Austria Rene Binder
Will Owen
Agustin Canapino
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'48.697 2.054
12 52 United States Matt McMurry
Denmark Anders Fjordbach
France Gabriel Aubry
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'50.269 3.626
13 38 United States Kyle Masson
Canada Cameron Cassels
Andrew Evans
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'52.838 6.195
14 911 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Patrick Pilet
France Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'56.635 9.992
15 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
New Zealand Scott Dixon
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 1'56.863 10.220
16 66 France Sébastien Bourdais
United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 1'56.957 10.314
17 24 United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
Austria Philipp Eng
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'57.006 10.363
18 4 Switzerland Marcel Fassler
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'57.071 10.428
19 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'57.105 10.462
20 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
France Mathieu Jaminet
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'57.169 10.526
21 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Colton Herta
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'57.280 10.637
22 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
Brazil Ana Beatriz
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'00.012 13.369
23 11 Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Netherlands Rik Breukers
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'00.029 13.386
24 86 United States Justin Marks
Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'00.319 13.676
25 48 United States Corey Lewis
United States Bryan Sellers
United States Ryan Hardwick
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'00.325 13.682
26 9 Canada Scott Hargrove
Lars Kern
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'00.349 13.706
27 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
United States Dillon Machavern
GTD BMW M6 GT3 2'00.361 13.718
28 44 United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
United States John Potter
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'00.376 13.733
29 71 Germany Fabian Schiller
Germany Maximilian Buhk
JC Perez
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'00.714 14.071
30 12 United States Townsend Bell
United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Aaron Telitz
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'00.753 14.110
31 14 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Switzerland Philipp Frommenwiler
Richard Heistand
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'01.132 14.489
32 33 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United States Ben Keating
Felipe Fraga
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'01.177 14.534
33 63 Finland Toni Vilander
United States Cooper MacNeil
Jeff Westphal
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'01.217 14.574
34 8 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
United States Parker Chase
Argentina Ezequiel Perez Companc
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'01.240 14.597
35 47 United States Brandon Gdovic
United States Lawson Aschenbach
United States Don Yount
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'01.378 14.735
36 73 United States Patrick Long
United States Patrick Lindsey
United States Nicholas Boulle
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'01.550 14.907
37 29 Canada Daniel Morad
Germany Christopher Mies
Switzerland Richard Feller
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'01.589 14.946
38 19 United States Andrew Davis
United States Will Hardeman
Spain Alex Riberas
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'02.574 15.931
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Series IMSA
Event Sebring
Teams Team Penske
Author David Malsher-Lopez