IMSA Sebring: WTR’s van der Zande leads opening practice

David Malsher-Lopez
·4-min read

Van der Zande worked the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R down to a best effort of 1min51.152sec to shade by 0.216sec Stephen Simpson who is making his return to action for JDC-Miller Motorsports in place of Chris Miller.

The #85 Caddy, which Simpson will share with fulltimer Tristan Vautier, was some 1.2sec clear of Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani, who missed out on the best track conditions at the end of the session.

That was because almost simultaneous ‘offs’ occurred for Joao Barbosa in the Mustang Sampling #5 JDC-Miller machine, and the GT Daytona cars of Rob Ferriol (Audi R8) and Bill Auberlen (BMW M6), which brought out the red flags and then the checker.

Fastest of the turbocharged Prototypes was Ricky Taylor in Acura #7, 0.4sec ahead of Dane Cameron’s sister car, while Gustavo Menezes in the DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca eclipsed the best efforts of both P1 Mazda RT24-Ps.

In GTLM, Laurens Vanthoor’s #912 Porsche 911 RSR-19 beat Jordan Taylor and Oliver Gavin in the Corvette C8.Rs by 0.8 and 1.5sec, but again the picture is blurred by the ever evolving track conditions and the early termination of the session.

Nick Tandy was next up ahead of John Edwards in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW M8 GTE.

Paul Holton in the Compass Racing McLaren 720S was fastest in the GTD class as it was in qualifying at Daytona two weeks ago, with Jack Hawksworth’s Lexus RC F and Andy Lally’s Magnus Racing Lamborghini next up.

Practice results:

1

10

Netherlands

Renger van der Zande
Ryan Briscoe

Australia

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'51.152

2

85

South Africa

Stephen Simpson
Tristan Vautier

France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'51.368

0.216

3

31

Brazil

Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani

Brazil

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'52.596

1.444

4

7

Brazil

Helio Castroneves
Ricky Taylor

United States

DPi

Acura DPi

1'53.612

2.460

5

6

United States

Dane Cameron
Juan Pablo Montoya

Colombia

DPi

Acura DPi

1'53.961

2.809

6

5

Portugal

Joao Barbosa
Sébastien Bourdais

France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'55.564

4.412

7

81

Sweden

Henrik Hedman
Gustavo Menezes

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'55.897

4.745

8

55

United States

Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell

United Kingdom

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'55.926

4.774

9

77

United Kingdom

Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez

United States

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'56.757

5.605

10

912

New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor

Belgium

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

1'59.501

8.349

11

3

Spain

Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor

United States

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

2'00.255

9.103

12

4

United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner

United States

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

2'01.013

9.861

13

911

United Kingdom

Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki

France

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

2'01.298

10.146

14

24

Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards

United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

2'05.145

13.993

15

76

United States

Corey Fergus
Paul Holton

United States

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

2'06.012

14.860

16

14

United Kingdom

Jack Hawksworth
Aaron Telitz

United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

2'06.457

15.305

17

44

United States

Andy Lally
John Potter

United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

2'07.001

15.849

18

74

United States

Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach

United States

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

2'08.322

17.170

19

8

Canada

John Farano
Ryan Dalziel

United Kingdom

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

2'08.981

17.829

20

52

Patrick Kelly
Spencer Pigot

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

2'09.909

18.757

21

12

United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell

United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

2'11.849

20.697

22

96

United States

Robby Foley
Bill Auberlen

United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

2'12.038

20.886

23

18

United States

Dwight Merriman
Kyle Tilley

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

2'12.170

21.018

24

63

United States

Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander

Finland

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

2'13.343

22.191

25

22

United States

Till Bechtolsheimer
Marc Miller

United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

2'14.466

23.314

26

25

Canada

Bruno Spengler
Connor de Phillippi

United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

2'14.966

23.814

27

30

United States

Rob Ferriol
Spencer Pumpelly

United States

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

2'15.799

24.647

28

16

United States

Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long

United States

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

2'16.946

25.794

29

38

Canada

Cameron Cassels
Kyle Masson

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

0.000

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