Long Beach IMSA: Acura edges Cadillac in final practice

David Malsher

The Brazilian wheeled the #7 Acura to a best time of 1min11.918sec, just 0.019sec ahead of a late effort from former Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr in the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Jonathan Bomarito in the Mazda RT24-P was third, followed by the second AXR Caddy of Joao Barbosa, who left it late to edge Colin Braun down to fifth in the CORE autosport Nissan DPi.

Juan Pablo Montoya was 0.325sec off teammate Castroneves in sixth in the second of the Acuras, ahead of Misha Goikhberg in the Cadillac of JDC-Miller Motorsports.

In GT Le Mans, Oliver Gavin sprung the #4 Corvette C7.R to the top of the times with a 1min17.023sec, before he was demoted by the Porsche 911 RSRs of Laurens Vanthoor and Nick Tandy.

Bamber ended up with the faster time in the #912 car with a 1m16.710s, 0.234s up on Tandy.

Fourth place was the faster Ford GT of Sebastien Bourdais, who is subbing for the unwell Joey Hand in the #66 car, followed by the second Corvette and the two BMW M8 GTEs.

Practice times:

Pos. Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 7 Brazil Ricky Taylor DPi Acura DPi 1'11.918  
2 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr DPi Cadillac DPi 1'11.937 0.019
3 55 United Kingdom Jonathan Bomarito DPi Mazda DPi 1'11.968 0.050
4 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa DPi Cadillac DPi 1'12.125 0.207
5 54 United States Colin Braun DPi Nissan DPi 1'12.129 0.211
6 6 Colombia Dane Cameron DPi Acura DPi 1'12.243 0.325
7 85 Canada Tristan Vautier DPi Cadillac DPi 1'12.322 0.404
8 77 United Kingdom Tristan Nunez DPi Mazda DPi 1'12.504 0.586
9 10 United States Renger van der Zande DPi Cadillac DPi 1'12.727 0.809
10 50 United States Will Owen DPi Cadillac DPi 1'12.806 0.888
11 84 Switzerland Stephen Simpson DPi Cadillac DPi 1'13.252 1.334
12 912 New Zealand Laurens Vanthoor GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'16.710 4.792
13 911 United Kingdom Patrick Pilet GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'16.944 5.026
14 4 United Kingdom Tommy Milner GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 1'17.023 5.105
15 66 France Dirk Muller  GTLM Ford GT 1'17.322 5.404
16 3 Denmark Antonio Garcia GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 1'17.443 5.525
17 24 United States Jesse Krohn GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'17.570 5.652
18 25 United States Tom Blomqvist GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'17.704 5.786
19 67 Australia Richard Westbrook GTLM Ford GT 1'17.816 5.898