Mid-Ohio IMSA: Montoya tops wet opening practice

David Malsher

With off-and-on rain keeping the 2.258-mile road course soaked, the Prototype’s laps were around half a minute off Helio Castroneves’ pole position time from 2018, but a lap of 1min41.568sec kept Montoya ahead of the best of the GT Le Mans class cars which enjoyed a rare moment of prominence. However, Montoya did stop on track just before the Prototypes received the checkered flag.

Earl Bamber was second overall in the #912 Porsche 911RSR, ahead of the BMW M8 of Tom Blomqvist.

Thus Colin Braun was second in class but only fourth overall in the CORE autosport-run Nissan DPi, some 3sec off Montoya’s benchmark, but ahead of the second Acura of Ricky Taylor.

Oliver Gavin’s third place in GTLM was enough to place him sixth overall for Corvette Racing ahead of the second Porsche of Patrick Pilet.

Fastest of the GT Daytona runners and eighth overall was Trent Hindman in the #86 Acura NSX run by Meyer Shank Racing, 0.4sec ahead of Zacharie Robichon’s best effort tin the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, and Alex Ribeiras in the Moorespeed Audi R8.

Jack Hawksworth ran the AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC F into fourth ahead of Bill Auberlen in the BMW M6 of Turner Motorsports.

Second practice is due to start at 3.15pm local (Eastern) time.

Cla Num Driver   Class Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval  
                     
1 6 United States Juan Pablo Montoya   DPi Acura DPi 18 1'41.568      
2 912 New Zealand Laurens Vanthoor   GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 23 1'42.230 0.662 0.662  
3 25 United Kingdom Connor de Phillippi   GTLM BMW M8 GTE 22 1'44.438 2.870 2.208  
4 54 United States Colin Braun   DPi Nissan DPi 15 1'44.615 3.047 0.177  
5 7 Brazil Ricky Taylor   DPi Acura DPi 19 1'45.426 3.858 0.811  
6 4 United Kingdom Tommy Milner   GTLM Corvette C7.R 20 1'46.263 4.695 0.837  
7 911 France Nick Tandy   GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 23 1'46.604 5.036 0.341  
8 86 Germany Trent Hindman   GTD Acura NSX GT3 6 1'46.649 5.081 0.045  
9 9 Canada Zacharie Robichon   GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 12 1'47.047 5.479 0.398  
10 19 United States Alex Riberas   GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 21 1'47.051 5.483 0.004  
11 14 Jack Hawksworth   GTD Lexus RC F GT3 24 1'47.532 5.964 0.481  
12 96 United States Robby Foley   GTD BMW M6 GT3 25 1'47.640 6.072 0.108  
13 76 Matt Plumb   GTD McLaren 720S GT3 18 1'48.260 6.692 0.620  
14 12 United States Townsend Bell   GTD Lexus RC F GT3 22 1'48.739 7.171 0.479  
15 48 United States Ryan Hardwick   GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 21 1'49.577 8.009 0.838  
16 44 United States Andy Lally   GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 5 1'49.709 8.141 0.132  
17 63 United States Toni Vilander   GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 17 1'50.616 9.048 0.907  
18 74 United States Lawson Aschenbach   GTD Mercedes-AMG 16 1'52.262 10.694 1.646  
19 8 United States Ryan Dalziel   GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 4 1'54.092 12.524 1.830  
20 57 United Kingdom Christina Nielsen   GTD Acura NSX GT3 6 1'54.120 12.552 0.028  
21 3 Denmark Antonio Garcia   GTLM Corvette C7.R 6 1'55.261 13.693 1.141  
22 77 United Kingdom Tristan Nunez   DPi Mazda DPi 4 1'57.821 16.253 2.560  
23 5 Portugal Filipe Albuquerque   DPi Cadillac DPi          
24 10 Netherlands Jordan Taylor   DPi Cadillac DPi          
25 24 Finland John Edwards   GTLM BMW M8 GTE 2        
26 31 Brazil Pipo Derani   DPi Cadillac DPi          
27 33 United States Jeroen Bleekemolen   GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3          
28 38 United States Cameron Cassels   LMP2 ORECA LMP2          
29 50 Kyle Kaiser   DPi Cadillac DPi          
30 52 United States Eric Lux   LMP2 ORECA LMP2          
31 55 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay   DPi Mazda DPi 2        
32 66 France Dirk Muller   GTLM Ford GT 2        
33 67 Australia Richard Westbrook   GTLM Ford GT 1        
34 73 United States Marco Seefried   GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 3        
35 84 Switzerland Stephen Simpson   DPi Cadillac DPi          
36 85 Canada Tristan Vautier   DPi Cadillac DPi