Laguna Seca IMSA: Montoya edges Derani in second practice

Juan Pablo Montoya wheeled his Acura ARX-05 to the top of the times in second practice for this weekend's Laguna Seca IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round, beating the Action Express Racing Cadillac of Pipo Derani by a mere 0.078sec.

Laguna Seca IMSA: Montoya edges Derani in second practice

Acura Team Penske’s Montoya set a best lap of 1min16.003sec around the 2.258-mile course to nudge past Derani, while morning pacesetter Oliver Jarvis was 0.4sec down in the best of the Mazda RT24-Ps.

Joao Barbosa (AXR) and Stephen Simpson (JDC-Miller) made it three Cadillacs in the top five, narrowly eclipsing Helio Castroneves’ best effort in the second Acura.

Colin Braun’s best effort in the Nissan DPi of CORE autosport was enough to remain within a second of pacesetter Montoya and also nip ahead of Jordan Taylor’s best in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

The LMP2 two-car battle saw Kyle Masson’s Performance Tech Motorsport Oreca outpace the similar machine of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ Dalton Kellett by 0.45sec.

Corvette Racing, still seeking its 100th IMSA win and its first of 2019, topped the times in GT Le Mans, with the #3 of championship aspirants (and defending champions) Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen heading teammate Oliver Gavin by barely more than a tenth of a second.

Third was the Porsche 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet, almost four-tenths slower but well ahead of Dirk Muller in the faster of the two Ford GTs, while Earl Bamber's Porsche, the two BMWs and Ryan Briscoe's Ford closed out the eight-car class.

The Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Bryan Sellers again led the GT Daytona ranks, but he had less than one tenth of a second margin over Matt Plumb’s Compass Racing McLaren 720S GT3 – while Andy Lally’s Magnus Racing Lambo was even closer behind.

Toni Vilander in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 was fourth, but Ben Keating’s best effort in the Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 was restricted to sixth by Mario Farnbacher, who got the title-contending Acura NSX GT3 of Meyer Shank Racing into fifth.

Third practice begins at 8:45am local (Pacific) time on Saturday.

Session results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 6 United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
DPi Acura DPi 1'16.003
2 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'16.081 0.078
3 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 1'16.421 0.418
4 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'16.850 0.847
5 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'16.871 0.868
6 7 United States Ricky Taylor
Brazil Helio Castroneves
DPi Acura DPi 1'16.907 0.904
7 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi 1'16.929 0.926
8 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'17.013 1.010
9 85 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'17.176 1.173
10 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi 1'17.262 1.259
11 38 Canada Cameron Cassels
United States Kyle Masson
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'18.208 2.205
12 52 United States Matt McMurry
Canada Dalton Kellett
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'18.687 2.684
13 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'22.833 6.830
14 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'22.963 6.960
15 911 France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'23.351 7.348
16 66 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 1'23.730 7.727
17 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'23.737 7.734
18 25 United States Connor de Phillippi
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'23.907 7.904
19 24 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'24.124 8.121
20 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 1'24.201 8.198
21 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Corey Lewis
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'25.246 9.243
22 76 United States Paul Holton
United States Matt Plumb
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 1'25.323 9.320
23 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'25.395 9.392
24 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'25.578 9.575
25 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'25.622 9.619
26 33 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'25.726 9.723
27 73 United States Patrick Lindsey
United States Patrick Long
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'25.773 9.770
28 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'25.863 9.860
29 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'25.943 9.940
30 9 Canada Scott Hargrove
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'26.521 10.518
31 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'26.884 10.881
32 14 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'27.223 11.220
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