Indy car ace Sebastien Bourdais pushed Action Express Racing to the top of the time charts at Road Atlanta with a 1min14.610sec lap to end the second practice session over half a second clear of the team’s nearest opposition. The Frenchman, who will join championship leaders Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Corvette DP, is reprising his role that helped earn the trio earn victory in the TUDOR Championship season opener, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
OAK Racing, which was forced to make an engine change in the exciting new Ligier JS P2-Honda this morning, completed fewer than half the laps of AX Racing in FP2, but it was enough for Alex Brundle to clock second fastest, quarter of a second ahed of Ricky Taylor’s best for Wayne Taylor Racing. Richard Westbrook in the Spirit of Daytona ’Vette was fourth, with the second AX car, to be shared by Jon Fogarty and Brian and Burt Frisselle, ending the session fifth.
The Riley-Ford Ecoboosts of Michael Shank Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates were sixth and seventh in the hands of John Pew and Scott Dixon respectively.
In PC, Gunnar Jeannette slotted the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA ahead of Bruno Junqueira (RSR) and Sean Rayall (8Star).
GTLM’s Top 11 were covered by less than half a second, and it was Patrick Long’s Porsche 911 RSR that emerged on top by just 0.001sec from the No. 91 Dodge SRT Viper GTS-R of Kuno Wittmer, Marc Goossens and Ryan Hunter-Reay, with the No. 3 Corvette third with a time set by Jan Magnussen.
Jan Heylen topped GTD for Snow Racing in the Porsche 911 GT America, ahead of championship leader Dane Cameron in the Turner Motorsports BMW Z4. Third was the Dempsey Racing Porsche of Andrew Davis, Joe Foster and of course, Patrick Dempsey.
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