IMSA Laguna Seca: Mazda moves to the top in FP2

David Malsher-Lopez
·4-min read

On the only practice day before the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Jarvis sent his Mazda RT24-P around the 2.238-mile course in just 1min15.692.

That was around 0.15sec faster than the best time of the morning session, and a similar margin over Cameron’s Acura Team Penske ARX-05 this afternoon.

In third was Jonathan Bomarito in the second Mazda, about 0.1sec quicker than the best of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs – the championship leading Wayne Taylor Racing entry of Ryan Briscoe.

Tristan Vautier’s JDC-Miller Caddy was a hair quicker than Action Express Racing’s best from Felipe Nasr, while Matheus Leist spun the second JDC car bringing out the session’s only red flag.

However, strangest incident was when Nasr came out of the pits into the path of Helio Castroneves, moved to driver right of the track to let his compatriot through and was then dragged off the track by the #7 Acura. Given how these two entries ended Petit Le Mans, it appears the rivalry isn’t over. It served only to hurt Acura Team Penske, its the title-contending entry that Castroneves shares with Ricky Taylor, did not complete a lap.

The #3 Corvette C8.R remained fastest of the GT Le Mans field, Jordan Taylor lapping three-tenths faster than Connor De Phillippi in the #25 BMW M8.

Nick Tandy was third for Porsche, almost four-tenths back.

Robby Foley proved his teammate Bill Auberlen’s pace in this morning’s session was no fluke, as he again kept Turner Motorsports’ BMW M6 over half a tenth clear of the opposition, which was led by Spencer Pumpelly’s Audi R8.

Aaron Telitz (AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC F) and Matt McMurry (Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX) were next up ahead of their respective teammates.

Qualifying gets underway tomorrow at 8.30am local/11.30am ET, with the race to follow at 1.05pm local/4.05pm ET.

1

77

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tristan Nunez

DPi

Mazda DPi

25

1'15.692

2

6

Colombia
Colombia

Dane Cameron

DPi

Acura DPi

25

1'15.877

0.185

3

55

United States
United States

Harry Tincknell

DPi

Mazda DPi

27

1'16.037

0.345

4

10

Netherlands
Netherlands

Ryan Briscoe

DPi

Cadillac DPi

27

1'16.142

0.450

5

5

France
France

Tristan Vautier

DPi

Cadillac DPi

32

1'16.496

0.804

6

31

Brazil
Brazil

Pipo Derani

DPi

Cadillac DPi

22

1'16.509

0.817

7

85

Brazil
Brazil

Stephen Simpson

DPi

Cadillac DPi

22

1'16.914

1.222

8

3

Spain
Spain

Jordan Taylor

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

33

1'22.279

6.587

9

25

Canada
Canada

Connor de Phillippi

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

27

1'22.583

6.891

10

911

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Frédéric Makowiecki

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

31

1'22.963

7.271

11

24

Finland
Finland

John Edwards

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

30

1'23.228

7.536

12

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tommy Milner

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

31

1'23.401

7.709

13

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Laurens Vanthoor

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

32

1'23.530

7.838

14

96

United States
United States

Robby Foley

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

31

1'24.806

9.114

15

30

United States
United States

Spencer Pumpelly

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

31

1'25.388

9.696

16

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Aaron Telitz

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

24

1'25.444

9.752

17

86

Germany
Germany

Matt McMurry

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

27

1'25.642

9.950

18

12

United States
United States

Townsend Bell

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

28

1'25.642

9.950

19

57

Portugal
Portugal

Mikhail Goikhberg

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

28

1'25.701

10.009

20

63

United States
United States

Alessandro Balzan

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

25

1'25.743

10.051

21

23

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Roman De Angelis

GTD

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

29

1'25.894

10.202

22

76

Paul Holton

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

33

1'26.272

10.580

23

16

United States
United States

Patrick Long

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

31

1'26.339

10.647

24

22

United States
United States

Marc Miller

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

23

1'26.715

11.023

25

74

United States
United States

Lawson Aschenbach

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

27

1'26.922

11.230

26

44

United States
United States

John Potter

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

28

1'27.252

11.560

27

7

Brazil
Brazil

Ricky Taylor

DPi

Acura DPi

3

28

52

United States
United States

Simon Trummer

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

0

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