Jordan Taylor posted the fastest time of the weekend to highlight session three of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 on Saturday morning at Daytona International Speedway.
Taylor ran a best lap of 1m37.188s in the defending race-winning No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. He was followed by the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Cadillac, 1m37.384s set by Tristan Vautier.
“The car is very nice to drive and is very straightforward,” Vautier said. “The car was just put together, and we had only a brief shakedown before coming here. It responds really well to anything we do. We’ve been able to run trouble free, and we hope it continues that way.
“The team has good chemistry and everyone in the driver lineup has come up to speed. No problems so far, and that’s what you want in this kind of racing.”
Romain Dumas led the LMP2 competitors, third overall at 1m37.537s in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA 07-Gibson.
“The ORECA is very nice to drive,” Dumas said. “Today is only testing, but the team is very strong and all is running very good so far.”
While Cadillac led the third consecutive session, three rival Daytona Prototype international manufacturers continue to improve. Nissan’s Pipo Derani ran a lap of 1m337.917s in the No. 22 Tequila Patron Nissan Onroak DPi; Dane Cameron ran 1m38.099s No. 6 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX05; and Harry Tincknell matched Mazda’s best with 1m38.876s in the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest RT-24P.
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso improved on his final four laps of the morning, ending with a weekend best of 1m38.072s in the No. 23 United Autosports Ligier JSP217 Gibson, good for 11th overall in the session.
Scott Dixon ran the fastest lap in GTLM, 1m44.282s in the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, while Matteo Cairolli led GTD, 1m47.125s in the No. 59 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. Both times were run early in the session but were off the quickest laps in the respective classes from Friday.
All 50 entries participated in the 90-minute session, which was run in sunny but chilly 48-degree temperatures.
There were two brief red flag cessations. Bill Auberlen came to a stop in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTLM, but was able to refire and continue. Kyle Marcelli had an off-track excursion and continued in the No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RCF GT3 late in the session. However, he pulled to a stop between Turns 1 and 2 of the superspeedway after instructions from his crew to stop when he radioed that he was overheating.
NEXT UP: FP4, 3:30-4:15 p.m. ET.