Colin Braun’s starring speed from Watkins Glen has extended to this weekend’s IMSA event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park as the American scorched the road course during opening practice for the Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix.
Braun’s effort in the spec WEC P2 ORECA 07-Gibson (1m07.155s) entered by CORE autosport put him well ahead of Dane Cameron in the fastest Acura DPi (+0.916s), Filipe Albuquerque’s Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi (+0.933s), and Jonathan Bomarito’s Mazda DPi (+0.997s). The next-fastest WEC P2 belonged to the Watkins glen-winning JDC-Miller GAINSCO ORECA-07-Gibson driven by Stephen Simpson in seventh (+1.4425s).
In GT Le Mans, the Porsche GT Team opened the weekend in style with Earl Bamber (1m14.538s) leading a 1-2 for the 911 RSRs with teammate Nick Tandy in tow (+0.493s). Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen completed the top three in his C7.R (+0.738s), albeit from a fair distance behind the rear-engine Porsches.
GT Daytona saw the carryover of Turner Motorsport’s late-race pace at Watkins Glen as Bill Auberlen pushed the BMW M6 GT3 to the top of the class (1m16.848s). The winning car was closely shadowed by 3GT Racing’s Jack Hawksworth in his Lexus RCF GT3 (+0.081s) and the WeatherTech Racing/Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 piloted by Jeff Segal (+0.132s).
The session’s lone red flag came from Performance Tech Motorsports’ Kyle Masson, who went off at Turn 1 in his ORECA 07-Gibson. The crash follows heavy damage incurred on Sunday in New York, and puts the Brent O’Neill-owned team under the gun once again.
UP NEXT: Free Practice 2, 3:50 p.m. ET