Whelen Cadillac quickest at the hours of darkness at Highway Atlanta
With practically 4 of the ten hours in Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans set to run in darkness, all 31 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entries took benefit of Friday’s 90-minute night time follow at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta.
Pipo Derani led the session with a lap of 1m10.175s within the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, placing the Motion Specific Racing entry atop the chart for the second-consecutive session.
Renger van der Zande was second, +0.040s within the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, with the 2 automobiles buying and selling the lead early within the night.
Dane Cameron took third within the last 5 minutes, +0.087s within the No. 6 Staff Penske Acura DPi. Teammate Ricky Taylor – who led the morning session – was fourth, +0.070s within the No. 7 Acura, adopted by Harry Tincknell, +0.129 within the No. 55 Mazda DPi.
Mikkel Jensen led the LMP2 contingent, along with his lap of 1m11.195 within the No. 8 Tower Motorsport by Starworks ORECA LMP2 07-Gibson, .308s forward of Colin Braun within the No. 38 Efficiency Tech Motorsports ORECA.
The Porsche GT Staff went 1-2 in GTLM. Laurens VanThoor was quickest, 1m17.252s within the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR-19, +0.229s over teammate Fred Makowiecki within the No. 911. Third was Nicky Catsburg, +0.0260s within the No. 3 Corvette C8.R, adopted by the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE of Augusto Farfus.
Totally different marques took the highest 5 positions in GTD. Aaron Telitz was quickest, 1m20.501s within the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3, +0.046s over the Porsche of Jan Helen; +0.159s over the Audi of Andrew Davis; +0.252s over the Ferrari of Alessandro Balzan; and +0.360s over the Aston Martin of Roman De Angeles. The highest 12 of the 13 GTD automobiles had been separated by 0.766s.
The primary incident got here on the 55-minute mark when Jakub Smiechowski went into the gravel in Flip 10 within the No. 51 Inter Europol Competitors ORECA, bringing out a five-minute pink flag stoppage.
Solely 4 minutes later, the pink flag returned following an incident in Flip 2 between Chris Miller within the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac and the No. 74 Mercedes-AMG of Ken Keating. The Cadillac sustained right-front harm and misplaced its wing, whereas the Mercedes had minor right-front harm.
UP NEXT: The WeatherTech Championship has just one session scheduled for Friday. Qualifying begins with a 15-minute session for the GTD opponents at 12:30 p.m. ET, adopted by GTLM at 12:55 p.m. and DPi/LMP2 at 1:20 p.m.