IMSA Petit Le Mans: Taylor leads opening practice for Acura

Ricky Taylor sent Acura Team Penske to the top of the times in opening practice for Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Taylor, who along with co-driver Helio Castroneves has won the last three Prototype rounds in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, used the #7 Acura ARX-05 to lap the fabulous 2.54-mile road course in 70.086sec.

However, the majority of the session saw the car in the hands of third driver for the 10-hour race, Alexander Rossi, who hasn’t driven the Acura since January’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and who has no previous experience of Road Atlanta.

Taylor’s best effort was just 0.068sec faster than Oliver Jarvis’ in the #77 Mazda RT24-P and 0.15sec ahead of the second Mazda of Jonathan Bomarito.

Swiftest of the Cadillac DPi-V.R drivers was Felipe Nasr in the Action Express Racing entry, just under quarter-second from top spot, with Sebastien Bourdais’ JDC-Miller machine fifth, a tenth quicker than Gabriel Aubry in the sister car.

Tower Motorsport by Starworks led LMP2 thanks to Mikkel Jensen, almost half a second faster than Scott Huffaker in the PR1 Mathiasen Motorsport car.

Laurens Vanthoor and Nick Tandy formed a Porsche 911 RSR 1-2 in GT Le Mans but getting seat time for the third drivers for the squad – Mathieu Jaminet and Matt Campbell naturally became priority.

Connor De Phillippi was third for BMW, 0.1 ahead of Antonio Garcia’s Corvette C8.R.

In GT Daytona, Bryan Sellers’ Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan led from Andy Lally’s similar Magnus Racing machine, with Darren Turner an impressive third in the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage.

Second practice begins at 3.45pm local (Eastern) time.

ClaNumDriverClassChassisLapsTimeGap
17 Helio Castroneves
Ricky Taylor
Alexander Rossi
DPiAcura DPi361’10.086 
277 Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez
Olivier Pla
DPiMazda DPi301’10.1540.068
355 Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell
Ryan Hunter-Reay
DPiMazda DPi301’10.2430.157
431 Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani
Filipe Albuquerque
DPiCadillac DPi321’10.3260.240
55 Sébastien Bourdais
Tristan Vautier
Loic Duval
DPiCadillac DPi391’10.3980.312
685 Chris Miller
Matheus Leist
Gabriel Aubry
DPiCadillac DPi341’10.5050.419
76 Juan Pablo Montoya
Dane Cameron
Simon Pagenaud
DPiAcura DPi331’10.5290.443
810 Renger van der Zande
Ryan Briscoe
Scott Dixon
DPiCadillac DPi291’10.8720.786
98 John Farano
Mikkel Jensen
Job Van Uitert
LMP2ORECA LMP2 07371’11.0780.992
1052 Patrick Kelly
Simon Trummer
Scott Huffaker
LMP2ORECA LMP2 07411’11.5531.467
1138James McGuire
Matthew Bell
Colin Braun
LMP2ORECA LMP2 07341’11.5691.483
1251 Austin McCusker
Jakub Smiechowski
Rob Hodes
LMP2ORECA LMP2 07311’14.3644.278
13912 Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
Mathieu Jaminet
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR – 19371’17.0086.922
14911 Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki
Matt Campbell
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR – 19341’17.4947.408
1525 Bruno Spengler
Connor de Phillippi
Colton Herta
GTLMBMW M8 GTE381’17.6077.521
163 Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor
Nick Catsburg
GTLMCorvette C8.R321’17.7557.669
1724 Jesse Krohn
John Edwards
Augusto Farfus
GTLMBMW M8 GTE341’17.8717.785
184 Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Marcel Fassler
GTLMCorvette C8.R331’18.6988.612
1948 Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Corey Lewis
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT3291’19.9469.860
2044 Andy Lally
John Potter
Spencer Pumpelly
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT3341’20.11910.033
2123 Ian James
Roman De Angelis
Darren Turner
GTDAston Martin Vantage GT3351’20.41510.329
2214 Jack Hawksworth
Aaron Telitz
Michael de Quesada
GTDLexus RC F GT3321’20.46110.375
2316 Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long
Jan Heylen
GTDPorsche 911 GT3 R341’20.48410.398
2496 Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
Dillon Machavern
GTDBMW M6 GT3301’20.50110.415
2586 Mario Farnbacher
Matt McMurry
Shinya Michimi
GTDAcura NSX GT3341’20.60110.515
2612 Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell
Kyle Kirkwood
GTDLexus RC F GT3331’20.63610.550
2757 Alvaro Parente
Mikhail Goikhberg
Trent Hindman
GTDAcura NSX GT3301’20.75910.673
2874 Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach
Ben Keating
GTDMercedes-AMG GT3321’20.81110.725
2963 Cooper MacNeil
Alessandro Balzan
Jeff Westphal
GTDFerrari 488 GT3311’20.87110.785
309 Dennis Olsen
Zacharie Robichon
Lars Kern
GTDPorsche 911 GT3 R311’21.09011.004
3130 Rob Ferriol
Markus Winkelhock
Andrew Davis
GTDAudi R8 LMS GT3351’21.10811.022
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