AXR quick again as Cadillac sweeps top four spots

AXR quick again as Cadillac sweeps top four spots

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AXR quick again as Cadillac sweeps top four spots

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Felipe Nasr posted the fastest lap for the second straight session Saturday evening at Daytona International Speedway, leading a 90-minute evening practice in the fifth session during the Roar Before the Rolex 24.

Nasr turned a lap of 1m37.322s in the Action Express Racing No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi V-R, backing up his time of 1m36.973s in the afternoon period of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship testing.

Cadillac scored a top-four sweep. Ryan Hunter-Reay was second in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor entry, followed by Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac and Eddie Cheever III in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona car.

Colin Braun led the LMP2 contingent in the 20-car Prototype class, 1m37.854s in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA 07-Gibson.

“Night practice was fun,” said Braun, who has been a Rolex 24 regular since competing at age 16 in 2005. “This place at night, with the traffic and the speeds in a Prototype car brings me back to having a lot of fun in the old Grand-Am DP days.

“The test is going great. ORECA has been fast right off the bat, and having Romain [Dumas] and Loic [Duval] have been a great asset, because they know the car well. We’ve been going through our program, and we’re very happy.”

Sebastien Bourdais led GTLM with the best lap of the weekend, 1m43.798s, in the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. He was followed by Gianmaria Bruni, 1m44.353s in the No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR, and Ryan Briscoe, 1m44.434s in the No. 67 Ford GT.

Dominik Baumann put Lexus atop the charts in GTD for the first time this weekend with a 1m47.496s in the No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RCF GT3. Teammate Jack Hawksworth was third fastest, 1m47.590s,  0.094 seconds behind Mirko Bortolotti (1m47.528s) in the No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

NEXT UP: Sunday’s 30-minute sixth and final practice session starts at 10:45 a.m., followed by 15-minute qualifying rounds for each of the three classes to determine pit selection for the Rolex 24 weekend.

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