Cameron leads, Rast crashes Mazda in third Watkins Glen practice

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Cameron leads, Rast crashes Mazda in third Watkins Glen practice


Cameron leads, Rast crashes Mazda in third Watkins Glen practice


Dane Cameron topped his second Free Practice session of the meeting at Watkins Glen on Saturday morning posting a 1m32.975s in the No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi he shares with Juan Pablo Montoya late in the final 60-minute practice session as temperatures soared in upstate New York.


For quite some time, though, it had looked set to be a session led by an LMP2 spec car once again with first Paul Di Resta (No. 32 United Autosports Ligier), then Colin Braun (No. 54 Core Autosport ORECA) topping the times into the final stages. The efforts of both would be bettered first by Cameron, and then by Simon Trummer in the No. 85 JDC Miller ORECA Gibson, his 1m33.137s just 0.162 off Cameron’s best, with Braun’s time just 0.037 further back! The top nine cars in the class separated by under a single second.

The session was red flagged to finish just seconds before the programmed time after an accident involving the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest RT-24P DPi of Rene Rast, following a collision with the No. 73 Park Place Porsche. The car was seen on CCTV upside down, but the team reported that the driver was fine.

The car suffered heavy rear damage, in particular at the right corner:

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GTLM saw the session led early on by Patrick Pilet in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR but by the end of the session the Ford pair were in charge, with Ryan Briscoe and then Richard Westbrook stretching out an advantage in the No. 67 Ford GT. Westbrook’s best was a 1m42.489s, with Joey Hand in the sister No. 66 leapfrogging Garcia’s Corvette effort and Pilet’s Porsche time to set second-fastest time of the session at the time of the red flag, at 1m42.636s.

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GTD saw the 3GT Racing Lexus pair in charge, Jack Hawksworth into the 1m44s early in the session in the No. 14 RC F GT3 before his best time was bettered by half a tenth by Kyle Marcelli in the sister No. 14 car (1m44.859s).

Sheldon van der Linde was best of the rest in the No. 29 Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3, two tenths further back.

UP NEXT: Qualifying takes place from 11:35 – 12:40 ET with three 15-minute sessions, one per class.