Sebring 12 Hours: Taylor’s Acura on top in night practice

Ricky Taylor put the #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 at the top of the times in the third practice session for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale.

Taylor lapped the 3.74-mile airport course in 1min48.358sec, to go 0.177sec faster than Pipo Derani’s Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. This was despite Taylor’s teammate Helio Castroneves requiring a new nose on the car after a minor brush with a tire wall.

Mazda’s enduro ‘third man’ Olivier Pla turned the #77 Mazda RT24-P’s fastest time, just 0.082sec behind Derani and 0.223sec ahead of Ryan Briscoe in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy, with Dane Cameron fifth fastest in the second Acura albeit almost 1sec off its pace-setting sister car.

Mikkel Jensen put Starworks at the head of the LMP2 class, two seconds ahead of PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ Simon Trummer and 2.3 ahead of the Inter Europol machine of Naveen Rao.

The Porsche 911s maintained their dominance of GT Le Mans this weekend, Nick Tandy lapping 0.030sec than teammate Laurens Vanthoor, with Connor De Phillippi’s BMW M8 in third. Oliver Gavin had a minor off in the #4 Corvette C8.R but was only 0.65sec off top time in class.

Franck Perera kept the Grasser Racing Team at the top of the GT Daytona class, with a 2min02.510sec lap in the Lamborghini Huracan, but Lawson Aschenbach’s Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 was just 0.13sec behind and only one-tenth faster than Ian James in the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage.

Nick Yelloly, who is subbing for Bill Auberlen in the Turner Motorsports BMW M6, was an impressive sixth fastest despite zero previous experience of the track.

Qualifying for the Sebring 12 Hours begins at 10.15am local time on Friday.

17 Hélio Castroneves
 Ricky Taylor
 Alexander Rossi
DPiAcura DPi331’48.358  124.255
231 Luiz Felipe Nasr
 Luis Felipe Derani
 Gabby Chaves
DPiCadillac DPi431’48.5350.1770.177124.052
377 Oliver Jarvis
 Tristan Nunez
 Olivier Pla
DPiMazda DPi361’48.6170.2590.082123.958
410 Renger van der Zande
 Ryan Briscoe
 Scott Dixon
DPiCadillac DPi321’48.8400.4820.223123.705
56 Juan Pablo Montoya
 Dane Cameron
 Simon Pagenaud
DPiAcura DPi301’49.2800.9220.440123.206
65 Sebastien Bourdais
 Tristan Vautier
 Loïc Duval
DPiCadillac DPi301’49.3791.0210.099123.095
755 Jonathan Bomarito
 Harry Tincknell
 Ryan Hunter-Reay
DPiMazda DPi361’49.4491.0910.070123.016
885 Matheus Leist
 Stephen Simpson
DPiCadillac DPi361’49.6151.2570.166122.830
98 John Farano
 Mikkel Jensen
 David Heinemeier Hansson
(LMP2ORECA LMP2 07401’50.1271.7690.512122.259
1052Patrick Kelly
 Simon Trummer
 Scott Huffaker
(LMP2ORECA LMP2 07421’52.0633.7051.936120.147
1151 Jakub Smiechowski
 Naveen Rao
 Matthew Bell
(LMP2ORECA LMP2 07351’52.4124.0540.349119.774
1238 Don Yount
 Patrick Byrne
 Guy Cosmo
(LMP2ORECA LMP2 07281’56.0197.6613.607116.050
13911 Nick Tandy
 Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR – 19391’58.1709.8122.151113.938
14912 Earl Bamber
 Laurens Vanthoor
 Neel Jani
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR – 19411’58.2009.8420.030113.909
1525 Bruno Spengler
 Connor de Phillippi
 Colton Herta
GTLMBMW M8 GTE391’58.46110.1030.261113.658
163 Antonio Garcia
 Jordan Taylor
 Nicky Catsburg
GTLMCorvette C8.R351’58.53710.1790.076113.585
1724 Jesse Krohn
 John Edwards
 Augusto Farfus
GTLMBMW M8 GTE421’58.67710.3190.140113.451
184 Oliver Gavin
 Tommy Milner
 Marcel Fässler
GTLMCorvette C8.R341’58.81910.4610.142113.315
1911 Richard Heistand
 Steijn Schothorst
 Franck Perera
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT3352’02.51014.1523.691109.901
2074 Gar Robinson
 Lawson Aschenbach
 Marc Miller
GTDMercedes-AMG GT3292’02.64014.2820.130109.785
2123 Ian James
 Roman De Angelis
 Darren Turner
GTDAston Martin Vantage GT3332’02.73814.3800.098109.697
2230 Rob Ferriol
 Andrew Davis
 Pierre Kaffer
GTDAudi R8 LMS GT3372’02.83414.4760.096109.611
2363 Cooper MacNeil
 Alessandro Balzan
 Jeff Westphal
GTDFerrari 488 GT3312’02.90314.5450.069109.550
2496 Bill Auberlen
 Robby Foley
 Dillon Machavern
GTDBMW M6 GT3332’02.94514.5870.042109.512
2516 Ryan Hardwick
 Patrick Long
 Jan Heylen
GTDPorsche 911 GT3 R372’02.96314.6050.018109.496
2686 Mario Farnbacher
 Matthew McMurry
 Shinya Michimi
GTDAcura NSX GT3292’03.13614.7780.173109.343
2714 Jack Hawksworth
 Aaron Telitz
 Kyle Kirkwood
GTDLexus RC F GT3382’03.19114.8330.055109.294
2812 Frankie Montecalvo
 Townsend Bell
 Michael de Quesada
GTDLexus RC F GT3412’03.31614.9580.125109.183
2944 Andy Lally
 John Potter
 Spencer Pumpelly
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT3212’03.49215.1340.176109.027
3048 Bryan Sellers
 Madison Snow
 Corey Lewis
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT3282’03.76415.4060.272108.788
3157 Trent Hindman
 Mikhail Goikhberg
 Joey Hand
GTDAcura NSX GT3322’03.99315.6350.229108.583

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