IMSA: Shank Honda P2 leads 1-2-3 in Glen FP2

IMSA: Shank Honda P2 leads 1-2-3 in Glen FP2


IMSA: Shank Honda P2 leads 1-2-3 in Glen FP2


Michael Shank Racing led its second consecutive hour-long practice session at Watkins Glen and was joined by two more P2 cars to top the WeatherTech Championship’s final outing on Friday.

Olivier Pla lowered the bar in the No. 60 Ligier JS P2-Honda set by teammate Ozz Negri by moving the 1:36.705 recording in the morning to a 1:36.155 in the afternoon. The No. 55 Mazda Prototype (-0.759) and Tequila Patron ESM’s Ligier JS P2-Honda (-0.789) trailed by a significant margin. The fastest lap produced by a Daytona Prototype went to the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP in fourth (-1.255).

Starworks Motorsport’s Renger Van Der Zande led the PC class in his No. 8 entry with a 1:38.582 as CORE Autosport (-0.037) and BAR1 Motorsports (-0.945) completed the top three.

GT Le Mans maintained its clear separation between turbocharged cars and naturally-aspirated entries. Ford’s twin-turbo V6 GTs went 1-2 in the class as Dirk Mueller set a 1:43.309 in the No. 66 to lead the No. 67 GT (-0.068) and John Edwards in the No. 100 BMW Team RLL M6 (-0.195). Quickest non-turbo went to the No. 3 Corvette C7.R for the second session of the day (-0.818).

After the sister Stevenson Motorsports’ No. 6 Audi R8 LMS GT3 led the morning session, the No. 9 Audi driven by Lawson Aschenbach took its turn to pace GT Daytona with a lap of 1:46.259. Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 (-0.081) and the No. 16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 driven by Spencer Pumpelly (-0.210) weren’t far from the front of GTD.

A big crash at the Bus Stop chicane just past the halfway mark by Lawrence DeGeorge in the Dream Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 brought out a red flag. Significant damage to the car and barriers was incurred when the V10-powered Italian machine snapped hard right under braking. DeGeorge climbed from the car under his own power – made easier by the carbon fiber door being ripped off in the incident – and was cleared by IMSA’s medical staff after a visit to the infield care center.

It’s unclear whether the car will be able to continue participating in the event.

Up Next: Saturday morning practice and afternoon qualifying for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

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