Petit Le Mans: Taylor leads opening practice for Acura

David Malsher-Lopez
·4 mins read

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.

Session results:

1

7

Brazil
Brazil

Helio Castroneves
Ricky Taylor
Alexander Rossi

United States
United States
United States
United States

DPi

Acura DPi

1'10.086

2

77

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez
Olivier Pla

United States
United States
France
France

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'10.154

0.068

3

55

United States
United States

Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell
Ryan Hunter-Reay

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United States
United States

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'10.243

0.157

4

31

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani
Filipe Albuquerque

Brazil
Brazil
Portugal
Portugal

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'10.326

0.240

5

5

France
France

Sébastien Bourdais
Tristan Vautier
Loic Duval

France
France
France
France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'10.398

0.312

6

85

United States
United States

Chris Miller
Matheus Leist
Gabriel Aubry

Brazil
Brazil
France
France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'10.505

0.419

7

6

Colombia
Colombia

Juan Pablo Montoya
Dane Cameron
Simon Pagenaud

United States
United States
France
France

DPi

Acura DPi

1'10.529

0.443

8

10

Netherlands
Netherlands

Renger van der Zande
Ryan Briscoe
Scott Dixon

Australia
Australia
New Zealand
New Zealand

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'10.872

0.786

9

8

Canada
Canada

John Farano
Mikkel Jensen
Job Van Uitert

Denmark
Denmark
Netherlands
Netherlands

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'11.078

0.992

10

52

United States
United States

Patrick Kelly
Simon Trummer
Scott Huffaker

Switzerland
Switzerland
United States
United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'11.553

1.467

11

38

James McGuire
Matthew Bell
Colin Braun

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United States
United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'11.569

1.483

12

51

United States
United States

Austin McCusker
Jakub Smiechowski
Rob Hodes

Poland
Poland
United States
United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'14.364

4.278

13

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
Mathieu Jaminet

Belgium
Belgium
France
France

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

1'17.008

6.922

14

911

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki
Matt Campbell

France
France
Australia
Australia

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

1'17.494

7.408

15

25

Canada
Canada

Bruno Spengler
Connor de Phillippi
Colton Herta

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'17.607

7.521

16

3

Spain
Spain

Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor
Nick Catsburg

United States
United States
Netherlands
Netherlands

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

1'17.755

7.669

17

24

Finland
Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards
Augusto Farfus

United States
United States
Brazil
Brazil

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'17.871

7.785

18

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Marcel Fassler

United States
United States
Switzerland
Switzerland

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

1'18.698

8.612

19

48

United States
United States

Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Corey Lewis

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

1'19.946

9.860

20

44

United States
United States

Andy Lally
John Potter
Spencer Pumpelly

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

1'20.119

10.033

21

23

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ian James
Roman De Angelis
Darren Turner

Canada
Canada
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTD

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

1'20.415

10.329

22

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jack Hawksworth
Aaron Telitz
Michael de Quesada

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'20.461

10.375

23

16

United States
United States

Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long
Jan Heylen

United States
United States
Belgium
Belgium

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

1'20.484

10.398

24

96

United States
United States

Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
Dillon Machavern

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

1'20.501

10.415

25

86

Germany
Germany

Mario Farnbacher
Matt McMurry
Shinya Michimi

United States
United States
Japan
Japan

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'20.601

10.515

26

12

United States
United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell
Kyle Kirkwood

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'20.636

10.550

27

57

Portugal
Portugal

Alvaro Parente
Mikhail Goikhberg
Trent Hindman

Canada
Canada
United States
United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'20.759

10.673

28

74

United States
United States

Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach
Ben Keating

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

1'20.811

10.725

29

63

United States
United States

Cooper MacNeil
Alessandro Balzan
Jeff Westphal

Italy
Italy
United States
United States

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

1'20.871

10.785

30

9

Norway
Norway

Dennis Olsen
Zacharie Robichon
Lars Kern

Canada
Canada
Germany
Germany

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

1'21.090

11.004

31

30

United States
United States

Rob Ferriol
Markus Winkelhock
Andrew Davis

Germany
Germany
United States
United States

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

1'21.108

11.022

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