Nasr retains Whelen Cadillac on high in second Highway Atlanta apply
Felipe Nasr took over the place Pipo Derani left off in Friday’s second – and last – IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship apply at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta in preparation for Saturday’s six-hour race.
Nasr led the session with a lap of 1m09.023s within the No. 31 Motion Categorical Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, bettering Derani’s morning greatest lap of 1m09.743s.
Cadillac once more went 1-2 as Renger van der Zande was second, 0.511s again for Wayne Taylor’s Konica Minolta entry, adopted by Tristan Nunez within the No. 77 Mazda DPi, 0.554s again.
Connor De Phillippi put BML atop GTLM at 1m16.875s, better of the day within the No. 25 Group RLL BMW M8 GTE. Laurens Vanthoor was second within the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR-19, 0.476s again, adopted by Antonio Garcia, 0.508s again within the No. 3 Corvette C8.R.
Steijn Schothorst led GTD, turning a best-of-the-day lap of 1m20.346s within the No. 11 GRT Grasser Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Schothorst recorded his lap through the opening quarter-hour, reserved for Bronze- and Silver-rated drivers.
Jan Heylen was second within the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, 0.133s again, adopted by Frankie Montecalvo within the No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3, 0.155s behind.
Simon Trummer paced LMP2 at 1m11.570s within the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07-Gibson, 0.764s forward of Kyle Tilley within the No. 18 Period Motorsport entry.
The session was red-flagged for 3 minutes on the 27m mark when Matt McMurry spun into the Flip 12 gravel entice and wanted extrication for the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3.
Steven Simpson had an off-course tour in Flip 10a, however was in a position to restart the No. 85 JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillac and continued. Jeff Westphal went on to the paddock firstly of the session, with the crew reporting a difficulty with the turbocharger wastegate. The crew was in a position to return late within the session.
UP NEXT: Qualifying begins this night at 6:35 p.m. ET with a 15-minute session for GTD. Tomorrow’s six-hour TireRack.com Grand Prix is ready to start out at 11:35 a.m. ET.