VIR IMSA: Vanthoor tops first practice for Porsche
Porsche’s Laurens Vanthoor set the pace in the opening practice session for the GT-only round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Virginia International Raceway.
The session was run in hot and dry conditions, but rain is predicted for this afternoon’s session.
The #912 Porsche had a grassy off in Vanthoor’s hands after a handful of laps. After a pitstop to clean it up he lapped in 1m41.529s, which he soon lowered to 1m41.296s to top the times.
“My first run felt pretty good, but obviously we still have a lot more homework to do,” said Vanthoor.
Nick Tandy made it a Porsche 1-2 in the sister #911 car, while the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs of Ryan Briscoe and Dirk Muller were third and fourth respectively, ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs of Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin.
The BMW M8s of John Edwards and Connor de Phillippi rounded out the GTLM runners.
In GT Daytona, the order was much more dynamic and top spot changed hands a number of times.
Jeroen Bleekemolen set the fastest time in his Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG-GT3, a tenth clear of Patrick Long’s Park Place Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R.
There was trouble for the points-leading #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3, which failed to join the session at the green light due to a technical issue. Once remedied, Mario Farnbacher lapped only ninth-fastest.
|1||912|| Earl Bamber |
|GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR||1'41.296|
|2||911|| Patrick Pilet |
|GTLM||Porsche 911 RSR||1'41.435||0.139|
|3||67|| Ryan Briscoe |
|4||66|| Joey Hand |
|5||3|| Jan Magnussen |
|6||4|| Oliver Gavin |
|7||24|| Jesse Krohn |
|GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||1'42.232||0.936|
|8||25|| Tom Blomqvist |
Connor de Phillippi
|GTLM||BMW M8 GTE||1'43.019||1.723|
|9||33|| Ben Keating |
|10||73|| Patrick Lindsey |
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R||1'44.677||3.381|
|11||44|| John Potter |
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||1'44.733||3.437|
|12||14|| Richard Heistand |
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||1'44.778||3.482|
|13||63|| Cooper MacNeil |
|GTD||Ferrari 488 GT3||1'44.835||3.539|
|14||48|| Bryan Sellers |
|GTD||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||1'44.961||3.665|
|15||96|| Bill Auberlen |
|GTD||BMW M6 GT3||1'45.123||3.827|
|16||76|| Paul Holton |
|GTD||McLaren 720S GT3||1'45.280||3.984|
|17||86|| Mario Farnbacher |
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'45.305||4.009|
|18||74|| Gar Robinson |
|19||57|| Katherine Legge |
|GTD||Acura NSX GT3||1'45.486||4.190|
|20||12|| Frankie Montecalvo |
|GTD||Lexus RC F GT3||1'45.741||4.445|
|21||9|| Scott Hargrove |
|GTD||Porsche 911 GT3 R||1'45.789||4.493|
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