Sebring 12 Hours: Taylor’s Acura on top in night practice

David Malsher-Lopez
·5-min read

Taylor lapped the 3.74-mile airport course in 1min48.358sec, to go 0.177sec faster than Pipo Derani’s Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. This was despite Taylor’s teammate Helio Castroneves requiring a new nose on the car after a minor brush with a tire wall.

Mazda’s enduro ‘third man’ Olivier Pla turned the #77 Mazda RT24-P’s fastest time, just 0.082sec behind Derani and 0.223sec ahead of Ryan Briscoe in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy, with Dane Cameron fifth fastest in the second Acura albeit almost 1sec off its pace-setting sister car.

Mikkel Jensen put Starworks at the head of the LMP2 class, two seconds ahead of PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ Simon Trummer and 2.3 ahead of the Inter Europol machine of Naveen Rao.

The Porsche 911s maintained their dominance of GT Le Mans this weekend, Nick Tandy lapping 0.030sec than teammate Laurens Vanthoor, with Connor De Phillippi’s BMW M8 in third. Oliver Gavin had a minor off in the #4 Corvette C8.R but was only 0.65sec off top time in class.

Franck Perera kept the Grasser Racing Team at the top of the GT Daytona class, with a 2min02.510sec lap in the Lamborghini Huracan, but Lawson Aschenbach’s Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 was just 0.13sec behind and only one-tenth faster than Ian James in the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage.

Nick Yelloly, who is subbing for Bill Auberlen in the Turner Motorsports BMW M6, was an impressive sixth fastest despite zero previous experience of the track.

Qualifying for the Sebring 12 Hours begins at 10.15am local time on Friday.

Session results:

1

7

BRA
BRA

 Hélio Castroneves
 Ricky Taylor
 Alexander Rossi

USA
USA
USA
USA

DPi

Acura DPi

33

1'48.358

 

124.255

2

31

BRA
BRA

 Felipe Nasr
 Pipo Derani
 Gabby Chaves

BRA
BRA
COL
COL

DPi

Cadillac DPi

43

1'48.535

0.177

124.052

3

77

GBR
GBR

 Oliver Jarvis
 Tristan Nunez
 Olivier Pla

USA
USA
FRA
FRA

DPi

Mazda DPi

36

1'48.617

0.259

123.958

4

10

HOL
HOL

 Renger van der Zande
 Ryan Briscoe
 Scott Dixon

AUS
AUS
NZL
NZL

DPi

Cadillac DPi

32

1'48.840

0.482

123.705

5

6

COL
COL

 Juan Pablo Montoya
 Dane Cameron
 Simon Pagenaud

USA
USA
FRA
FRA

DPi

Acura DPi

30

1'49.280

0.922

123.206

6

5

FRA
FRA

 Sebastien Bourdais
 Tristan Vautier
 Loïc Duval

FRA
FRA
FRA
FRA

DPi

Cadillac DPi

30

1'49.379

1.021

123.095

7

55

USA
USA

 Jonathan Bomarito
 Harry Tincknell
 Ryan Hunter-Reay

GBR
GBR
USA
USA

DPi

Mazda DPi

36

1'49.449

1.091

123.016

8

85

BRA
BRA

 Matheus Leist
 Stephen Simpson
 Scott Andrews

RSA
RSA
AUS
AUS

DPi

Cadillac DPi

36

1'49.615

1.257

122.830

9

8

CAN
CAN

 John Farano
 Mikkel Jensen
 David Heinemeier Hansson

DEN
DEN
DEN
DEN

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

40

1'50.127

1.769

122.259

10

52

USA
USA

 Patrick Kelly
 Simon Trummer
 Scott Huffaker

SUI
SUI
USA
USA

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

42

1'52.063

3.705

120.147

11

51

POL
POL

 Jakub Smiechowski
 Naveen Rao
 Matthew Bell

USA
USA
GBR
GBR

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

35

1'52.412

4.054

119.774

12

38

USA
USA

 Don Yount
 Patrick Byrne
 Guy Cosmo

USA
USA
USA
USA

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

28

1'56.019

7.661

116.050

13

911

GBR
GBR

 Nick Tandy
 Frédéric Makowiecki

FRA
FRA
NZL
NZL

 Earl Bamber

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

39

1'58.170

9.812

113.938

14

912

NZL
NZL

 Earl Bamber
 Laurens Vanthoor
 Neel Jani

BEL
BEL
SUI
SUI

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

41

1'58.200

9.842

113.909

15

25

CAN
CAN

 Bruno Spengler
 Connor de Phillippi
 Colton Herta

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

39

1'58.461

10.103

113.658

16

3

ESP
ESP

 Antonio Garcia
 Jordan Taylor
 Nicky Catsburg

USA
USA
HOL
HOL

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

35

1'58.537

10.179

113.585

17

24

FIN
FIN

 Jesse Krohn
 John Edwards
 Augusto Farfus

USA
USA
BRA
BRA

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

42

1'58.677

10.319

113.451

18

4

GBR
GBR

 Oliver Gavin
 Tommy Milner
 Marcel Fässler

USA
USA
SUI
SUI

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

34

1'58.819

10.461

113.315

19

11

USA
USA

 Richard Heistand
 Steijn Schothorst
 Franck Perera

HOL
HOL
FRA
FRA

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

35

2'02.510

14.152

109.901

20

74

USA
USA

 Gar Robinson
 Lawson Aschenbach
 Marc Miller

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

29

2'02.640

14.282

109.785

21

23

GBR
GBR

 Ian James
 Roman De Angelis
 Darren Turner

CAN
CAN
GBR
GBR

GTD

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

33

2'02.738

14.380

109.697

22

30

USA
USA

 Rob Ferriol
 Andrew Davis
 Pierre Kaffer

USA
USA
GER
GER

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

37

2'02.834

14.476

109.611

23

63

USA
USA

 Cooper MacNeil
 Alessandro Balzan
 Jeff Westphal

ITA
ITA
USA
USA

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

31

2'02.903

14.545

109.550

24

96

USA
USA

 Nick Yelloly
 Robby Foley
 Dillon Machavern

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

33

2'02.945

14.587

109.512

25

16

USA
USA

 Ryan Hardwick
 Patrick Long
 Jan Heylen

USA
USA
BEL
BEL

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

37

2'02.963

14.605

109.496

26

86

GER
GER

 Mario Farnbacher
 Matthew McMurry
 Shinya Michimi

USA
USA
JPN
JPN

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

29

2'03.136

14.778

109.343

27

14

GBR
GBR

 Jack Hawksworth
 Aaron Telitz
 Kyle Kirkwood

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

38

2'03.191

14.833

109.294

28

12

USA
USA

 Frankie Montecalvo
 Townsend Bell
 Michael de Quesada

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

41

2'03.316

14.958

109.183

29

44

USA
USA

 Andy Lally
 John Potter
 Spencer Pumpelly

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

21

2'03.492

15.134

109.027

30

48

USA
USA

 Bryan Sellers
 Madison Snow
 Corey Lewis

USA
USA
USA
USA

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

28

2'03.764

15.406

108.788

31

57

USA
USA

 Trent Hindman
 Mikhail Goikhberg
 Joey Hand

CAN
CAN
USA
USA

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

32

2'03.993

15.635

108.583