Filipe Albuquerque took over where teammate Joao Barbosa left off in Friday’s second free practice session at the Roar Before the 24, putting the No. 5 Action Express Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R. at the top of the scoring chart for the second straight session.
Albuquerque led the two-hour session, 1m37.196s, a few ticks quicker than Barbosa’s best lap of 1m37.266s in the morning practice of the opening event on the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Colin Braun broke up the Cadillac logjam with the second-best lap of the afternoon, 1m37.303s in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA 07-Gibson. Cadillacs took the next two positions, Renger van der Zande in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac and Tristan Vautier in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona entry, followed by the two Jackie Chan DCR JOTA ORECA 07-Gibsons of Ho-Pin Tung and Robin Frijns.
The session saw both Mazda Team Joest RT-24Ps take to the track for the first time, with Jonathan Bomarito quickest in the No. 55 entry at 1m38.876s, good for 15th of the 20 Prototypes. The team missed the opening practice due to the late arrival of new parts.
The Porsche GT Team ran 1-2 in GTLM, led by Laurens Vanthoor, 1m44.065s in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, the best lap of the day in that category. He was followed by Nick Tandy, 1m44.141s in the team’s No. 911 entry.
The No. 11 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 led GTD for the second straight session, with a lap of 1m47.175s by Franco Perera. Ralf Ineichen set the fast lap of the class in the morning, 1m47.104s.
The two-hour session, run in chilly 49-degree temperatures, was slowed by three brief red flag periods. Eddie Cheever III had light contact with an infield tire barrier but was able to continue in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac DPi. There were also a pair of tows for the stopped No. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 of Daniel Serra and the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA of James French.
NEXT UP: FP3, Saturday 10:50 am. – 12:20 p.m. ET.
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