Impressive pace from Dane Cameron in the first session of the weekend gave way to an even quicker time from Romain Dumas in Practice 2, putting an LMP2 car atop the field entering qualifying day.
After Dumas’ co-driver and full-time CORE autosport driver Colin Braun owned the fastest lap for a period of the hourlong session, Dumas climbed into the team’s No. 54 ORECA 07 and laid down a 1:33.481 to secure the top spot.
That lap stands as a 0.081-second improvement over Cameron’s time from earlier in the day, which went under last year’s pole time itself.
The gap between this LMP2 entry and Renger van der Zande’s best time in Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R was 0.276 seconds, proving the speed displayed by Dumas.
Juan Pablo Montoya was the third-fastest driver on the strength of his 1:33.827 lap in the No. 6 Team Penske Acura ARX-05. Bruno Senna was 0.602 seconds off Dumas’ pace, placing him and the No. 32 Ligier JS P217 from United Autosports in fifth.
Beyond the Wayne Taylor entry in second, Spirit of Daytona Racing’s No. 90 car in sixth was the second-fastest Cadillac DPi. Olivier Pla and Pipo Derani were seventh and eighth in the Nissan Onroak DPi duo while Oliver Jarvis set the ninth-fastest time to make himself the top Mazda Team Joest pilot. Jarvis was also the last driver to lap within a second of Dumas’ time.
Full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors JDC-Miller Motorsports and AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports filled the bottom of the Prototype results with their LMP2 cars.
Fords Sweep Friday in GTLM
Richard Westbrook and Dirk Mueller created a sweep of the top two GT Le Mans positions for Chip Ganassi Racing’s Nos. 67 and 66 Ford GTs, respectively, just as they did earlier in the day.
At 1:42.886, Westbrook’s best lap in Practice 2 marks an improvement of more than three-tenths of a second over the car’s pace from the midday outing.
The Porsche 911 RSR, Corvette C7.R and BMW M8 GTE duos filled the six remaining GTLM positions, in that order.
Montaplast Paces GTD
Sheldon van der Linde turned a 1:45.191 lap in Montaplast by Land-Motorsport’s No. 29 Audi R8 LMS GT3 to top GT Daytona and keep Kyle Marcelli at bay by 0.251 seconds.
Marcelli’s best lap in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 from 3GT Racing was only 0.050 seconds faster than the quickest time set by Squadra Corse Garage Italia’s Ferrari 488 GT3.
Scuderia Corsa and Meyer Shank Racing rounded out the top five in the class with their Ferrari and Acura NSX GT3 machinery, thanks to quick laps from drivers Jeff Segal and Lawson Aschenbach.
The top 11 cars in GTD lapped within the same second, making it the most competitive class on Friday.
Next up for the trio of WeatherTech Championship categories is a third and final hourlong practice session, scheduled to take place from 8–9 a.m. EDT Saturday.