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David Malsher-Lopez

Rolex 24: WTR heads Acura 1-2 in opening practice at Daytona

A lap of 1min35.309sec from Ricky Taylor on his 10th lap put WTR's Acura ARX-05 just under three-tenths of a second clear of the similar car of Meyer Shank Racing and over six-tenths ahead of Sebastien Bourdais in the quickest Cadillac DPi-V.R, the #01 of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Bourdais’ teammate in CGR’s new #02 entry, Kevin Magnussen, was a mere two-hundredths shy in what is set to be his final event in a Cadillac before switching his attention to the Peugeot WEC project.

The endurance-only Action Express Racing Caddy entry, the #48, wound up ahead of the full-time #31 car, the pair split by Tristan Vautier’s best effort in the JDC-Miller MotorSports machine.

Racing Team Nederland #29 Oreca led LMP2 thanks to Giedo van der Garde's best effort, a 1m36.262sec – less than a tenth slower than the slowest DPi time. That put the Dutch car over one second ahead of Tower Motorsports whose best time was set by Ferdinand Habsburg, and High Class Racing’s Anders Fjordbach.

Jonathan Bomarito in his first LMP2 outing was fourth fastest for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, while the DragonSpeed entry to be shared by Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward, Devlin DeFrancesco and Eric Lux was fifth.

Garett Grist topped LMP3 for Performance Tech Motorsports and Ligier, chased by the Muehlner Motorsports America #6 Duqueine. Josh Burdon turned the best time for Andretti Autosport to lift its #36 Ligier into third ahead Colin Braun in the CORE autosport entry.

Marco Mapelli was fastest of the GTD Pro drivers in the TR3 Racing Lamborghini Huracan, but he was not the quickest GT driver – that honor went to a pro driver in a GTD car, namely, Jan Heylen in the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Third was the other TR3 Lamborghini, ahead of the GTD Pro Porsche of Pfaff Motorsports, whose fastest lap was turned by Matt Campbell.

Second practice begins at 4.15pm local (Eastern) time.

Cla Driver Class Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United States Alexander Rossi
United Kingdom Will Stevens
DPi Acura DPi 31 1'35.309  
2 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
Brazil Helio Castroneves
France Simon Pagenaud
DPi Acura DPi 26 1'35.602 0.293
3 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
France Sébastien Bourdais
New Zealand Scott Dixon
Spain Alex Palou
DPi Cadillac DPi 29 1'35.942 0.633
4 New Zealand Earl Bamber
United Kingdom Alex Lynn
Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
DPi Cadillac DPi 29 1'35.962 0.653
5 United States Jimmie Johnson
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez
DPi Cadillac DPi 29 1'36.171 0.862
6 France Tristan Vautier
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
France Loic Duval
United States Ben Keating
DPi Cadillac DPi 29 1'36.177 0.868
7 Brazil Pipo Derani
United States Tristan Nunez
United Kingdom Mike Conway
DPi Cadillac DPi 30 1'36.188 0.879
8 Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Murry Dylan
Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 32 1'36.262 0.953
9 Canada John Farano
Switzerland Louis Deletraz
Rui Pinto
Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 30 1'37.334 2.025
10 Denmark Dennis Andersen
Denmark Anders Fjordbach
Switzerland Fabio Scherer
Nico Mueller
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 34 1'37.592 2.283
11 Thomas Steven
United States Josh Pierson
United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 30 1'37.717 2.408
12 United States Eric Lux
Canada Devlin DeFrancesco
Mexico Patricio O'Ward
United States Colton Herta
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 31 1'37.960 2.651
13 United States Ben Keating
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
Scott Huffaker
France Nicolas Lapierre
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 31 1'37.964 2.655
14 Dwight Merriman
United Kingdom Kyle Tilley
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
France Paul-Loup Chatin
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 29 1'38.125 2.816
15 United States John Falb
Australia James Allen
Italy Luca Ghiotto
Tijmen van
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 33 1'38.568 3.259
16 France François Heriau
Oliver Rasmussen
United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Germany René Rast
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 29 1'38.981 3.672
17 United States Jim McGuire
United Kingdom Guy Smith
United Kingdom Philip Hanson
United States Will Owen
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 28 1'40.056 4.747
18 Dan Goldburg
Hikaru Abe
Canada Garett Grist
Nicolas Pino
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 27 1'43.413 8.104
19 Efrin Castro
Germany Moritz Kranz
Ori Ayrton
United States Joel Miller
LMP3 Duqueine D08 28 1'44.064 8.755
20 United States Jarett Andretti
Josh Burdon
Sweden Rasmus Lindh
Colombia Gabby Chaves
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 24 1'44.163 8.854
21 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
United States George Kurtz
Sweden Nic Jönsson
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 26 1'44.297 8.988
22 Portugal Joao Barbosa
Malthe Jakobsen
Seb Priaulx
United States Lance Willsey
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 28 1'44.400 9.091
23 Nolan Siegel
Australia Cameron Shields
Charles Crews
Ugo De
LMP3 Duqueine D08 18 1'44.419 9.110
24 United States Gar Robinson
Brazil Felipe Fraga
Netherlands Kay van Berlo
United States Michael Cooper
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 31 1'44.519 9.210
25 Canada Orey Fidani
Canada Kuno Wittmer
Germany Lars Kern
United Kingdom Matthew Bell
LMP3 Duqueine D08 29 1'44.654 9.345
26 United States Mark Kvamme
United States Austin McCusker
United States Trenton Estep
Antoine Doquin
LMP3 Duqueine D08 14 1'45.664 10.355
27 United States Ryan Hardwick
Canada Zacharie Robichon
Belgium Jan Heylen
Austria Richard Lietz
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 28 1'46.483 11.174
28 Italy Marco Mapelli
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
GTD PRO Lamborghini Huracan GT3 29 1'46.829 11.520
29 United States Bill Sweedler
John Megrue
Italy Giacomo Altoè
United States Jeff Segal
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 29 1'46.882 11.573
30 Australia Matt Campbell
France Mathieu Jaminet
Brazil Felipe Nasr
GTD PRO Porsche 911 GT3 R 24 1'46.942 11.633
31 Kyle Washington
United States James Sofronas
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Austria Klaus Bachler
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 29 1'47.006 11.697
32 Austria Philipp Eng
Germany Marco Wittmann
United Kingdom Nick Yelloly
South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde
GTD PRO BMW M4 GT3 28 1'47.065 11.756
33 United States Cooper MacNeil
Spain Daniel Juncadella
Germany Maro Engel
France Jules Gounon
GTD PRO Mercedes-AMG GT3 9 1'47.216 11.907
34 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat
United States Kyle Kirkwood
GTD PRO Lexus RC F GT3 21 1'47.305 11.996
35 Australia Kenny Habul
Germany Luca Stolz
Italy Raffaele Marciello
Germany Fabian Schiller
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 26 1'47.354 12.045
36 United States Ted Giovanis
United States Hugh Plumb
United States Matt Plumb
United States Owen Trinkler
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 27 1'47.368 12.059
37 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Aaron Telitz
United States Richard Heistand
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 26 1'47.374 12.065
38 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 19 1'47.459 12.150
39 France Franck Perera
LLarena Mateo
Germany Paul Maximilian
Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 30 1'47.462 12.153
40 Germany Dirk Muller
Germany Patrick Assenheimer
United States Austin Cindric
GTD PRO Mercedes-AMG GT3 29 1'47.463 12.154
41 Kyffin Simpson
United States Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
Germany Mario Farnbacher
GTD Acura NSX GT3 31 1'47.469 12.160
42 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
France Patrick Pilet
Norway Dennis Olsen
Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori
GTD PRO Porsche 911 GT3 R 26 1'47.514 12.205
43 United States Cooper MacNeil
Julien Andlauer
Italy Matteo Cairoli
Belgium Alessio Picariello
GTD PRO Porsche 911 GT3 R 30 1'47.526 12.217
44 Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto
Italy Antonio Fuoco
Italy Alessio Rovera
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 33 1'47.681 12.372
45 United Kingdom Ross Gunn
Spain Alex Riberas
Belgium Maxime Martin
GTD PRO Aston Martin Vantage GT3 29 1'47.697 12.388
46 United States Russell Ward
Switzerland Philip Ellis
Canada Mikael Grenier
Austria Lucas Auer
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 32 1'47.760 12.451
47 Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
United Kingdom James Calado
Brazil Daniel Serra
Italy Davide Rigon
GTD PRO Ferrari 488 GT3 29 1'47.772 12.463
48 United States Mike Skeen
United States Guy Cosmo
United Kingdom Stevan McAleer
Australia Scott Andrews
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 28 1'47.892 12.583
49 Lance Bergstein
Jon Miller
United States Patrick Gallagher
United States Paul Holton
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 28 1'48.017 12.708
50 United States Michael de Quesada
Canada Daniel Morad
Linus Lundqvist
Maximillian Goetz
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 27 1'48.030 12.721
51 United States Robert Megennis
United States Corey Lewis
United Kingdom Sandy Mitchell
United States Jeff Westphal
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 26 1'48.079 12.770
52 Mann Simon
Argentina Luis Perez Companc
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Finland Toni Vilander
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 34 1'48.212 12.903
53 Brendan Iribe
Switzerland Frederik Schandorff
United Kingdom Ollie Millroy
South Africa Jordan Lee Pepper
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 28 1'48.348 13.039
54 United States Don Yount
Benja Hites
United States Jaden Conwright
Finland Markus Palttala
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 25 1'48.437 13.128
55 Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Ian James
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Tom Gamble
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 25 1'48.449 13.140
56 Rob Ferriol
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
United Kingdom Stefan Wilson
United States Nicholas Boulle
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 20 1'48.803 13.494
57 Canada Paul Dalla Lana
David Pittard
Charlie Eastwood
Denmark Nicki Thiim
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 20 1'48.926 13.617
58 United States Connor de Phillippi
United States John Edwards
Brazil Augusto Farfus
Finland Jesse Krohn
GTD PRO BMW M4 GT3 7 1'49.015 13.706
59 United States Tommy Milner
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Denmark Marco Sorensen
GTD PRO Corvette C8.R GTD 23 1'49.961 14.652
60 United States Robby Foley
United States Bill Auberlen
Michael Dinan
Germany Jens Klingmann
GTD BMW M4 GT3 28 1'50.139 14.830
61 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Nick Catsburg
GTD PRO Corvette C8.R GTD 16 1'50.228 14.919
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