Sebring 12 Hours: Prime title contenders lock out front row

David Malsher-Lopez
·5-min read

Taylor’s #7 Acura ARX-05 lapped the iconic 3.74-mile course in 1min46.874sec to beat Renger van der Zande’s Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R by a quarter second, as the two enter the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale just two points apart.

Dane Cameron missed out on making it an all-Acura front row by 0.015sec but claimed third ahead of Sebastien Bourdais in the JDC Miller Motorsports #5 entry.

A brave effort from Tincknell netted fifth spot for Mazda ahead of Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani, the second Mazda of Oliver Jarvis, and Matheus Leist in the second JDC Miller Cadillac.

In LMP2, Patrick Kelly put PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports on pole, 1.77sec faster than Naveen Rao in the Inter Europol Competition, with John Farano of Starworks and Don Yount of Performance Tech Motorsports in third and fourth respectively.

There was a surprise in GT Le Mans, as the Porsche 911 RSRs which had dominated practice were found down in fifth (Nick Tandy) and sixth (Neel Jani, 0.934sec slower ahead of his first GT race.)

Instead it was 2020 champion elect Antonio Garcia who delivered the top time – a 1min55.456sec – to deliver his second pole position of the season by a convincing 0.660sec ahead of Connor De Phillippi in the #25 BMW M8.

Jesse Krohn was a further 0.2sec down in the second BMW, but ahead of the second Corvette of Tommy Milner.

In GT Daytona, former Champ Car racer Jan Heylen got his tires up to temperature, delivered a stunning one-and-done flyer of 2min00.844 and then immediately pitted his Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R to leave his rivals to try and match it.

They didn’t come close, Andrew Davis finishing second but 0.7sec off in the Hardpoint Racing Audi R8, just enough to nip ahead of the fastest AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F, the #14 car of Aaron Telitz.

Richard Heistand was the fastest of the Lamborghini Huracan drivers, delivering P4 for Grasser Racing Team, while Cooper MacNeil did a fine recovery job after a spin to deliver fifth for Scuderia Corsa, ahead of the second Lexus of Frankie Montecalvo.

Robby Foley’s BMW M6 of Turner Motorsport will line up seventh ahead of Shinya Michimi who is hoping to help Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry earn GT Daytona championship honors this weekend in the #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX.

1

7

Brazil
Brazil

Helio Castroneves
Ricky Taylor
Alexander Rossi

United States
United States
United States
United States

DPi

Acura DPi

1'46.874

2

10

Netherlands
Netherlands

Renger van der Zande
Ryan Briscoe
Scott Dixon

Australia
Australia
New Zealand
New Zealand

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'47.125

0.251

3

6

Colombia
Colombia

Juan Pablo Montoya
Dane Cameron
Simon Pagenaud

United States
United States
France
France

DPi

Acura DPi

1'47.140

0.266

4

5

France
France

Sébastien Bourdais
Tristan Vautier
Loic Duval

France
France
France
France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'47.209

0.335

5

55

United States
United States

Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell
Ryan Hunter-Reay

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United States
United States

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'47.245

0.371

6

31

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani
Gabby Chaves

Brazil
Brazil
Colombia
Colombia

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'47.327

0.453

7

77

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez
Olivier Pla

United States
United States
France
France

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'47.474

0.600

8

85

Brazil
Brazil

Matheus Leist
Stephen Simpson
Scott Andrews

South Africa
South Africa
Australia
Australia

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'47.696

0.822

9

52

United States
United States

Patrick Kelly
Simon Trummer
Scott Huffaker

Switzerland
Switzerland
United States
United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'51.373

4.499

10

51

Poland
Poland

Jakub Smiechowski
Naveen Rao
Matthew Bell

United States
United States
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'53.147

6.273

11

38

United States
United States

Don Yount
Patrick Byrne
Guy Cosmo

United States
United States
United States
United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'54.045

7.171

12

8

Canada
Canada

John Farano
Mikkel Jensen
David Heinemeier Hansson

Denmark
Denmark
Denmark
Denmark

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'54.194

7.320

13

3

Spain
Spain

Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor
Nick Catsburg

United States
United States
Netherlands
Netherlands

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

1'55.456

8.582

14

25

Canada
Canada

Bruno Spengler
Connor de Phillippi
Colton Herta

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'56.116

9.242

15

24

Finland
Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards
Augusto Farfus

United States
United States
Brazil
Brazil

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'56.316

9.442

16

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Marcel Fassler

United States
United States
Switzerland
Switzerland

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

1'56.446

9.572

17

911

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki
Earl Bamber

France
France
New Zealand
New Zealand

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

1'56.840

9.966

18

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
Neel Jani

Belgium
Belgium
Switzerland
Switzerland

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

1'57.774

10.900

19

16

United States
United States

Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long
Jan Heylen

United States
United States
Belgium
Belgium

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

2'00.844

13.970

20

30

United States
United States

Rob Ferriol
Andrew Davis
Pierre Kaffer

United States
United States
Germany
Germany

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

2'01.546

14.672

21

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jack Hawksworth
Aaron Telitz
Kyle Kirkwood

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

2'01.605

14.731

22

11

United States
United States

Richard Heistand
Steijn Schothorst
Franck Perera

Netherlands
Netherlands
France
France

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

2'01.652

14.778

23

63

United States
United States

Cooper MacNeil
Alessandro Balzan
Jeff Westphal

Italy
Italy
United States
United States

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

2'01.802

14.928

24

12

United States
United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell
Michael de Quesada

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

2'01.839

14.965

25

96

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Nick Yelloly
Robby Foley
Dillon Machavern

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

2'02.210

15.336

26

86

Germany
Germany

Mario Farnbacher
Matt McMurry
Shinya Michimi

United States
United States
Japan
Japan

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

2'02.286

15.412

27

48

United States
United States

Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Corey Lewis

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

2'02.435

15.561

28

74

United States
United States

Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach
Marc Miller

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

2'02.689

15.815

29

23

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ian James
Roman De Angelis
Darren Turner

Canada
Canada
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTD

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

2'02.705

15.831

30

57

United States
United States

Trent Hindman
Mikhail Goikhberg
Joey Hand

Canada
Canada
United States
United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

2'03.153

16.279

31

44

United States
United States

Andy Lally
John Potter
Spencer Pumpelly

United States
United States
United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

2'04.363

17.489

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