IMSA: Shank leads opening Watkins Glen practice

IMSA: Shank leads opening Watkins Glen practice

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IMSA: Shank leads opening Watkins Glen practice

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Michael Shank Racing topped the first practice session for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen as Ozz Negri posted a lap of 1:36.705 in the No. 60 Ligier JS P2-Honda.

Corvette DPs led the majority of the 60-minute outing, but as Continental rubber was laid down, the MSR P2 leapt to the top and ended the session 0.387 seconds clear of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP and the No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP (-0.576).

Colin Braun stunned the field by wedging his No. 54 CORE autosport PC car into the middle of the Prototypes late in the session. Braun’s lap of 1:38.701 was 0.765 seconds ahead of the second-place PC driven by PR1/Mathiasen’s Tom Kimber-Smith, and faster than both Mazda Prototypes, the DeltaWing, and the Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP until Marc Goossens improved his time on the final lap. Stephen Simpson placed third in PC with the JDC/Miller Motorsports entry.

GT Le Mans opened its weekend with party for turbocharged cars as BMW Team RLL’s Dirk Werner topped the class in his twin-turbo V8 M6. The German’s 1:43.574 cleared both twin-turbo V6 Ford GTs in second and third (-0.001 and -0.138), two twin-turbo V8 Ferrari 488s and the sister BM6 M6. The first non-turbo GTLM car, Corvette No. 3 C7.R, came home seventh (-0.652).

Stevenson Motorsports’ No. 6 Audi R8 LMS GT3 driven by Robin Liddell led the stacked GT Daytona class as the V10-powered coupe recorded a 1:46.147. Park Place Motorsports’ Porsche 911 RSR GT3 (-0.550) and Scuderia Corsa’s No. 63 Ferrari 488 (-0.566) followed to complete the GTD top three.

The first of two Friday practice sessions had a bit of carnage as contact between Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette Racing C7.R and the No. 70 Mazda Prototype driven by Tom Long in Turn 1 resulted in a small amount of bodywork damage.

The No. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTLM car lost its rear wing and triggered a red flag after clipping the wall with 11 minutes left in the session. Alessandro Pier Guidi sent the Prancing Horse’s rear wing flying high before it crashed down to the racing surface, and was quickly retrieved so the session could resume. And finally, Johnny Mowlem spun and kissed the wall from behind to close the session and drove his Bar1 Motorsports PC back to the pits for repairs.

Up Next: Practice Two at 3:20 p.m. ET.

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