Sebring 12 Hours: Van der Zande’s WTR Cadillac fastest in FP2

David Malsher-Lopez
·5-min read

As WTR prepares to battle for not only race honors but also the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday, van der Zande led a Cadillac 1-2-3, just 0.167sec ahead of Sebastien Bourdais in the JDC Miller Motorsports car, but 0.6sec faster than defending race-winner Pipo Derani in the Action Express Racing machine.

Oliver Jarvis was fastest of the turbocharged DPi cars, 0.86sec slower in the #77 Mazda RT24-P, ahead of Alexander Rossi’s best effort in the #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 he’ll be sharing with championship leaders Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor.

The second Acura, in the hands of another IndyCar star Simon Pagenaud, was fast enough to beat Jonathan Bomarito’s Mazda and the second JDC-Miller Caddy of Matheus Leist.

Despite the Starworks entry causing a red flag when it ground to a halt on track, Mikkel Jensen was able to lap in 1min51.667sec to turn fastest LMP2 time of the session, a quarter second faster than Simon Trummer in the PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports entry.

The two Porsche 911 RSRs of Laurens Vanthoor and Fred Makowiecki were 0.2sec apart but a further quarter second faster than their closest GT Le Mans opposition. That took the form of Jordan Taylor’s title-winning #3 Corvette C8.R, with Jesse Krohn and Colton Herta fourth and fifth in the BMW M8s ahead of Oliver Gavin in the #4 Corvette.

Steijn Schothorst led a Lamborghini Huracan 1-2 in GT Daytona, the Dutchman setting a 2min02.352sec in the Grasser Racing Team entry to shade Bryan Sellers’ best effort in the Paul Miller Racing machine by just 0.098sec.

No less impressive was Jan Heylen’s best effort in the Porsche 911 GT3R of Wright Motorsports which was just a further 0.126sec in arrears, ahead of Aaron Telitz and Frankie Montecalvo in the two AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC Fs.

Title hopeful Mario Farnbacher in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX edged Robby Foley’s Turner Motorsports BMW M6 for P6.

The 90min evening session begins at 6.15pm local (Eastern) time.

Session results:

1

10

HOL
HOL

 Renger van der Zande
 Ryan Briscoe
 Scott Dixon

AUS
AUS
NZL
NZL

DPi

Cadillac DPi

23

1'47.478

 

125.272

2

5

FRA
FRA

 Sebastien Bourdais
 Tristan Vautier
 Loïc Duval

FRA
FRA
FRA
FRA

DPi

Cadillac DPi

25

1'47.645

0.167

125.078

3

31

BRA
BRA

 Felipe Nasr
 Pipo Derani
 Gabby Chaves

BRA
BRA
COL
COL

DPi

Cadillac DPi

27

1'48.241

0.763

124.389

4

77

GBR
GBR

 Oliver Jarvis
 Tristan Nunez
 Olivier Pla

USA
USA
FRA
FRA

DPi

Mazda DPi

24

1'48.335

0.857

124.281

5

7

BRA
BRA

 Hélio Castroneves
 Ricky Taylor
 Alexander Rossi

USA
USA
USA
USA

DPi

Acura DPi

21

1'48.458

0.980

124.140

6

6

COL
COL

 Juan Pablo Montoya
 Dane Cameron
 Simon Pagenaud

USA
USA
FRA
FRA

DPi

Acura DPi

23

1'48.857

1.379

123.685

7

55

USA
USA

 Jonathan Bomarito
 Harry Tincknell
 Ryan Hunter-Reay

GBR
GBR
USA
USA

DPi

Mazda DPi

24

1'49.055

1.577

123.461

8

85

BRA
BRA

 Matheus Leist
 Stephen Simpson

RSA
RSA
Australia
Australia

 Scott Andrews

DPi

Cadillac DPi

25

1'49.178

1.700

123.322

9

8

CAN
CAN

 John Farano
 Mikkel Jensen
 David Heinemeier Hansson

DEN
DEN
DEN
DEN

(LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

19

1'51.667

4.189

120.573

10

52

USA
USA

 Patrick Kelly
 Simon Trummer
 Scott Huffaker

SUI
SUI
USA
USA

(LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

22

1'51.931

4.453

120.288

11

51

POL
POL

 Jakub Smiechowski
 Naveen Rao
 Matthew Bell

USA
USA
GBR
GBR

(LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

29

1'52.951

5.473

119.202

12

38

USA
USA

 Don Yount
 Patrick Byrne
 Guy Cosmo

USA
USA
USA
USA

(LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

26

1'56.253

8.775

115.816

13

912

NZL
NZL

 Earl Bamber
 Laurens Vanthoor
 Neel Jani

BEL
BEL
SUI
SUI

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

26

1'57.975

10.497

114.126

14

911

GBR
GBR

 Nick Tandy
 Frédéric Makowiecki

FRA
FRA
NZL
NZL

 Earl Bamber

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

23

1'58.172

10.694

113.936

15

3

ESP
ESP

 Antonio Garcia
 Jordan Taylor
 Nicky Catsburg

USA
USA
HOL
HOL

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

27

1'58.444

10.966

113.674

16

24

FIN
FIN

 Jesse Krohn
 John Edwards
 Augusto Farfus

USA
USA
BRA
BRA

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

22

1'58.606

11.128

113.519

17

25

CAN
CAN

 Bruno Spengler
 Connor de Phillippi
 Colton Herta

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

25

1'59.143

11.665

113.007

18

4

GBR
GBR

 Oliver Gavin
 Tommy Milner
 Marcel Fässler

USA
USA
SUI
SUI

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

24

1'59.544

12.066

112.628

19

11

USA
USA

 Richard Heistand
 Steijn Schothorst
 Franck Perera

HOL
HOL
FRA
FRA

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

26

2'02.352

14.874

110.043

20

48

USA
USA

 Bryan Sellers
 Madison Snow
 Corey Lewis

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

21

2'02.450

14.972

109.955

21

16

USA
USA

 Ryan Hardwick
 Patrick Long
 Jan Heylen

USA
USA
BEL
BEL

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

25

2'02.478

15.000

109.930

22

14

GBR
GBR

 Jack Hawksworth
 Aaron Telitz
 Kyle Kirkwood

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

23

2'02.591

15.113

109.829

23

12

USA
USA

 Frankie Montecalvo
 Townsend Bell
 Michael de Quesada

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

26

2'02.957

15.479

109.502

24

86

GER
GER

 Mario Farnbacher
 Matthew McMurry
 Shinya Michimi

USA
USA
JPN
JPN

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

22

2'03.065

15.587

109.406

25

96

GBR
GBR

 Nick Yelloly
 Robby Foley
 Dillon Machavern

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

24

2'03.235

15.757

109.255

26

23

GBR
GBR

 Ian James
 Roman De Angelis
 Darren Turner

CAN
CAN
GBR
GBR

GTD

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

22

2'03.284

15.806

109.211

27

74

USA
USA

 Gar Robinson
 Lawson Aschenbach
 Marc Miller

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

24

2'03.321

15.843

109.178

28

63

USA
USA

 Cooper MacNeil
 Alessandro Balzan
 Jeff Westphal

ITA
ITA
USA
USA

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

22

2'03.374

15.896

109.132

29

44

USA
USA

 Andy Lally
 John Potter
 Spencer Pumpelly

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

22

2'03.666

16.188

108.874

30

57

USA
USA

 Trent Hindman
 Mikhail Goikhberg
 Joey Hand

CAN
CAN
USA
USA

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

24

2'03.811

16.333

108.746

31

30

USA
USA

 Rob Ferriol
 Andrew Davis
 Pierre Kaffer

USA
USA
GER
GER

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

24

2'04.536

17.058

108.11