Rolex 24: Cadillac goes 1-2-3 in night practice

Jamie Klein

Albuquerque's early benchmark of 1m34.914s aboard the #31 Whelen Engineering-liveried Cadillac DPi-V.R went unchallenged for the remainder of the 90-minute nightime session, and was enough to head the Wayne Taylor Racing machine of Renger van der Zande by 0.332s.

Joao Barbosa ensured it was an all-Cadillac top three in the Mustang Sampling-backed #5 JDC-Miller MotorSports car, a little over half a second off the pace of Albuquerque.

Acura Team Penske's #6 car was fourth-fastest in the hands of defending IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champion Dane Cameron, while the fifth and final DPi car to set a time was the #85 JDC-Miller car, ex-IndyCar racer Matheus Leist setting that car's best time.

Neither of the two Mazda Team Joest entries participated, while the #7 Acura ARX-05 did not record a timed lap following Ricky Taylor's heavy shunt in qualifying, only leaving the pits in the dying moments for a pair of installation laps.

Gabriel Aubry left it late to set the fastest time in LMP2 aboard the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07, posting a best time of 1m37.084s with only a minute left on the clock, beating Colin Braun's best effort in the DragonSpeed Oreca by 0.354s.

In GT Le Mans, an early effort of 1m43.301s from Mathieu Jaminet was good enough to put the #912 Porsche 911 RSR-19 top of the pile, some three tenths up on the best of the BMW M8 GTEs, the #24 car driven by Augusto Farfus.

The pole-winning #911 Porsche was third-quickest in the hands of Frederic Makowiecki ahead of the best of the new mid-engined Corvette C8.Rs in fourth place.

BMW's second car, the #25, sat out the majority of the session before hitting the track with 20 minutes to go and ending up bottom of the GTLM times.

GT Daytona was led by Klaus Bachler in the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R on a time of 1m46.128s, less than a tenth clear of Dennis Olsen in the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche that claimed the class pole earlier in the day.

Andrea Caldarelli was the best of the Lamborghini drivers in third aboard the Paul Miller Racing Huracan GT3 Evo ahead of fellow Lambo factory man Marco Mapelli in the GRT Magnus entry and the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 of Alessandro Balzan.

One more practice session takes place on Friday morning at 9.50am local time (EST) prior to the start of the Rolex 24 itself on Saturday at 1.35pm.

Session results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 31 United Kingdom Felipe Nasr DPi Cadillac DPi 1'34.914  
2 10 Netherlands Kamui Kobayashi DPi Cadillac DPi 1'35.246 0.332
3 5 France Joao Barbosa DPi Cadillac DPi 1'35.478 0.564
4 6 United States Juan Pablo Montoya DPi Acura DPi 1'35.889 0.975
5 85 Colombia Tristan Vautier DPi Cadillac DPi 1'36.296 1.382
6 52 United States Gabriel Aubry LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'37.084 2.170
7 81 United Kingdom Harrison Newey LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'37.438 2.524
8 8 United Kingdom Nicolas Lapierre LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'37.740 2.826
9 38 Canada Don Yount LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'38.407 3.493
10 18 United States Nicolas Minassian LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.006 4.092
11 912 Belgium Mathieu Jaminet GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'43.301 8.387
12 24 United States Jesse Krohn GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'43.611 8.697
13 911 Australia Frédéric Makowiecki GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'43.663 8.749
14 3 Spain Nick Catsburg GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'43.696 8.782
15 62 United Kingdom Davide Rigon GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 1'43.812 8.898
16 4 United Kingdom Marcel Fassler GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'43.932 9.018
17 25 United States Colton Herta GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'44.546 9.632
18 16 United States Klaus Bachler GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'46.128 11.214
19 9 Norway Patrick Pilet GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'46.203 11.289
20 48 United States Andrea Caldarelli GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'46.231 11.317
21 44 United States Marco Mapelli GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'46.300 11.386
22 63 United States Alessandro Balzan GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'46.316 11.402
23 88 Italy Dries Vanthoor GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'46.328 11.414
24 11 United States Albert Costa GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'46.473 11.559
25 98 Portugal Andrew Watson GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'46.536 11.622
26 12 United States Townsend Bell GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'46.572 11.658
27 19 Denmark Rahel Frey GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'46.658 11.744
28 14 United States Kyle Busch GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'46.736 11.822
29 74 United States Felipe Fraga GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'46.770 11.856
30 96 United States Dillon Machavern GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'46.852 11.938
31 23 United Kingdom Alex Riberas GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'46.903 11.989
32 57 Portugal A.J. Allmendinger GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'47.151 12.237
33 86 Germany Jules Gounon GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'47.715 12.801
34 47 United States Jonathan Hoggard GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'48.071 13.157
35 7 United States Alexander Rossi DPi Acura DPi    
36 54 United States Trenton Estep GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R    
37 55 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay DPi Mazda DPi    
38 77 United Kingdom Olivier Pla DPi Mazda DPi    
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