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Detroit IMSA: Derani, Legge lead opening practice

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Detroit IMSA: Derani, Legge lead opening practice
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May 31, 2019, 2:21 PM

Pipo Derani in the Action Express Racing Cadillac and Katherine Legge in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura led the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s first practice around Belle Isle Raceway in Detroit.

Derani, who took pole here last year driving the Nissan DPi for the now-defunct ESM Racing team, eclipsed that time by some 1.7sec as the Michelins made their mark on the 2.35-mile 14-turn course.

The Brazilian set a 1min20.583sec in the #31 Cadillac DPi-V.R to better the best effort of Helio Castroneves in the #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 by a quarter-second.

Filipe Albuquerque in the second AXR Cadillac, the #5 car, was third ahead of the second Acura of Dane Cameron.

Jordan Taylor was fifth-fastest in the WTR Cadillac, one second off the ultimate pace, with Colin Braun sixth in the CORE autosport-run Nissan DPi.

Tristan Vautier and Simon Trummer were seventh and eighth in the JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillacs, but the squad had a torrid 90-minute session.

Trummer struck the wall causing the first red flag, while Vautier’s teammate Misha Goikhberg also caused a red when he went into the tires – an incident that also involved Matt Plumb in Compass Racing’s beautiful McLaren 720S.

Neither of the Mazda Team Joest RT24-Ps set a time at all during the session.

Legge’s top time in the MSR Acura NSX GT3 was a quarter-second ahead of last year’s GT Daytona polesitter, Bryan Sellers in the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

Zachary Robichon’s best effort in the Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R was a mere 0.037sec slower and 0.36sec clear of Richard Heistand in the #14 AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC F.

Session results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'20.583
2 7 Brazil Helio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
DPi Acura DPi 1'20.835 0.252
3 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'21.446 0.863
4 6 United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
DPi Acura DPi 1'21.484 0.901
5 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'21.633 1.050
6 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi 1'21.746 1.163
7 85 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'22.017 1.434
8 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'22.029 1.446
9 50 United States Will Owen
Brazil Victor Franzoni
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'23.562 2.979
10 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'30.304 9.721
11 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Ryan Hardwick
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'30.547 9.964
12 73 United States Patrick Long
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'30.584 10.001
13 14 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'30.947 10.364
14 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'30.949 10.366
15 86 United States Trent Hindman
Germany Mario Farnbacher
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'30.981 10.398
16 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'31.310 10.727
17 8 United States Parker Chase
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'31.368 10.785
18 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'31.545 10.962
19 76 United States Paul Holton
United States Matt Plumb
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 1'31.757 11.174
20 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'31.786 11.203
21 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
GTD Mercedes-AMG 1'31.897 11.314
22 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi
23 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi
 
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Series IMSA
Event Detroit
Drivers Pipo Derani , Katherine Legge
Author David Malsher