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Detroit IMSA: Castroneves tops FP2 after red flag incidents

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Detroit IMSA: Castroneves tops FP2 after red flag incidents
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Jun 1, 2018, 7:20 PM

Helio Castroneves, an ace at Belle Isle in Indy cars, topped FP2 for the Detroit round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but incidents for a prime rival and a GTD car lost teams a lot of track time.

What should have been a 1hr50min session (for a 1hr40min race) lost 48mins, due first to Andy Lally suffering a fire in his Magnus Racing Audi R8, and then Felipe Nasr spinning his Action Express Cadillac into a barrier and damaging its left-rear corner.

Castroneves himself had an incident at Turn 10 during what should have been his best lap in the Acura Team Penske ARX-05, but not before he’d set a 1min22.363sec flyer, about 0.4sec off teammate Ricky Taylor’s mark from this morning.

His nearest challenger – just 0.025sec behind, in fact –was Pipo Derani in the #22 ESM Nissan, which in FP1 had not even made it into the Top 10. Filipe Albuquerque was third in AXR’s second Caddy, again absurdly close, 0.064 off top spot.

Montoya made it two Acuras in the top four, head of Harry Tincknell’s Mazda RT24-P and Colin Braun in the CORE autosport Oreca Gibson.

Jack Hawksworth, racing in 3GT Racing’s home state, slotted the Lexus RC F into top spot in GT Daytona with a 1min29.468, around two tenths faster than Jeff Segal’s Ferrari 488, Katherine Legge’s Acura NSX and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3.

Qualifying begins at 5.20 local (Eastern) time.

IMSA Detroit, second practice

Pos.No.DriverClassChassisTimeGap
1 7 brazil  Helio Castroneves 
united_states  Ricky Taylor 
P Acura DPi 1'22.363  
2 22 brazil  Pipo Derani 
united_states  Johannes van Overbeek 
P Nissan DPi 1'22.388 0.025
3 5 portugal  Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal  Joao Barbosa 
P Cadillac DPi 1'22.427 0.064
4 6 colombia  Juan Pablo Montoya 
united_states  Dane Cameron 
P Acura DPi 1'22.514 0.151
5 55 united_kingdom  Harry Tincknell 
united_states  Jonathan Bomarito 
P Mazda DPi 1'22.619 0.256
6 54 united_states  Jon Bennett 
united_states  Colin Braun 
P ORECA LMP2 1'22.805 0.442
7 31 united_states  Eric Curran 
brazil  Felipe Nasr 
P Cadillac DPi 1'22.866 0.503
8 77 united_kingdom  Oliver Jarvis 
united_states  Tristan Nunez 
P Mazda DPi 1'22.944 0.581
9 99 canada  Mikhail Goikhberg 
south_africa  Stephen Simpson 
P ORECA LMP2 1'22.990 0.627
10 10 united_states  Jordan Taylor 
netherlands  Renger van der Zande 
P Cadillac DPi 1'23.218 0.855
11 2 united_states  Scott Sharp 
united_kingdom  Ryan Dalziel 
P Nissan DPi 1'23.254 0.891
12 90 united_states  Matt McMurry 
france  Tristan Vautier 
P Cadillac DPi 1'23.479 1.116
13 85 switzerland  Simon Trummer 
united_states  Robert Alon 
P ORECA LMP2 1'23.516 1.153
14 52 colombia  Gustavo Yacaman 
colombia  Sebastian Saavedra 
P Ligier LMP2 1'24.682 2.319
15 15 denmark  David Heinemeier Hansson
united_kingdom  Jack Hawksworth 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'29.468 7.105
16 63 united_states  Jeff Segal 
united_states  Cooper MacNeil 
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'29.652 7.289
17 86 united_kingdom  Katherine Legge 
germany  Mario Farnbacher 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'29.785 7.422
18 33 netherlands  Jeroen Bleekemolen 
united_states  Ben Keating 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'29.795 7.432
19 48 united_states  Bryan Sellers 
united_states  Madison Snow 
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'29.991 7.628
20 93 united_states  Justin Marks 
united_states  Lawson Aschenbach 
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'30.205 7.842
21 75 germany  Bernd Schneider 
australia  Kenny Habul 
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'30.304 7.941
22 16 germany  Wolf Henzler 
united_states  Michael Schein 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'30.584 8.221
23 96 united_states  Bill Auberlen 
united_states  Robby Foley 
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'30.712 8.349
24 58 united_states  Patrick Long 
denmark  Christina Nielsen 
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'30.756 8.393
25 14 canada  Kyle Marcelli 
austria  Dominik Baumann 
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'30.801 8.438
26 44 united_states  Andy Lally 
united_states  John Potter 
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'32.091 9.728
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Series IMSA
Event Detroit
Location The Raceway on Belle Isle
Drivers Helio Castroneves
Teams Team Penske
Author David Malsher