IMSA: ESM Ligier-Honda tops Watkins FP3

IMSA: ESM Ligier-Honda tops Watkins FP3


IMSA: ESM Ligier-Honda tops Watkins FP3


The Ligier JS P2-Honda package has topped all three practice sessions for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, but rather than Michael Shank Racing sweeping every practice ahead of qualifying, Tequila Patron ESM took charge with a blistering lap of 1:35.484.

ESM’s Pipo Derani edged the No. 55 Mazda Prototype (-0.319) and MSR’s No. 60 Ligier-Honda (-0.465) during the one-hour session. The fastest Daytona Prototype belonged to Action Express Racing’s Corvette DP (-0.800) in fourth.

Thanks to the recent track repaving project, Derani’s fastest lap was 2.5 seconds faster than the best lap in practice during the 2015 event.

Colin Braun was fastest once again in PC with a 1:37.666 in his No. 54 CORE autosport entry. The No. 8 Starworks Motorsport PC (-0.360) and the sister No. 88 Starworks car (-0.648) rounded out the PC top three.

In an emerging theme, turbocharged GT Le Mans cars held the naturally-aspirated entries at bay for the third straight session. Ford’s Richard Westbrook led the class with a 1:42.129 in his No. 67 GT as the No. 25 BMW Team RLL M6 (-0.012) and the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 (-0.048) almost lapped with an identical time. The best of the non-turbo GTLM cars went to Corvette Racing’s No. 4 C7.R (-0.331).

Stevenson Motorsports had yet to be headed in GT Daytona as the No. 9 Audi R8 LMS GT3 driven by Lawson Aschenbach posted a 1:45.124. Alex Job Racing’s No. 23 Porsche 911 GT3 (-0.151) and the No. 6 Stevenson Audi R8 LMS GT3 (-0.178) closed the top three.

Up Next: Qualifying at 3:40 p.m. ET

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