Tincknell keeps Mazda on top in Sebring night practice

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Tincknell keeps Mazda on top in Sebring night practice

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Tincknell keeps Mazda on top in Sebring night practice

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Harry Tincknell put the No. 55 Mazda atop the timing charts for the second straight session, leading Thursday’s night practice in preparation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Tincknell ran 1m46.953s in the Mazda Team Joest Mazda RT-24P. Fastest of the day in the lead IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship class was co-driver Oliver Pla, who ran 1m46.834s in the No. 55.

“Night practice at Sebring is really unique and always a fun experience,” Tincknell said after the session. The Mazda RT24-P had really good pace at the start of the session, but the team made some adjustments that helped unlock some more speed. You can’t read too much into what happens in practice, but with the sister car right behind us as well, it’s been a positive day for Mazda Team Joest. Jonathan, Oliver and myself are excited for what the race will bring.”

Second in the 90-minute night session was Felipe Nasr with a lap of 1m47.165s in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, a bit slower from his lap of 1m46.996s that led the morning session.

Mazda Team Joest also took third, with Timo Bernhard running 1m47.559s in the No. 77. Dane Cameron took third in the No. 6 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi, 1m47.846s, followed by Colin Braun in the No. 54 CORE automotive Nissan DPi at 1m47.857s.

Antonio Garcia ran the fastest lap of the day in GT Le Mans, a 1m56.954s in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R. He was followed by the two Ford Chip Ganassi Ford GTs, Richard Westbrook, 1m57.090s in the No. 67, and Dirk Mueller, 1m57.364s in the No. 66.

Andy Lally finished strong to lead GT Daytona, running 2m0.947s in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Second was Trent Hindman, 2m1.008s in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3, followed by Mirko Bortolotti, 2m1.024s in the No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Biocircle/Orange 1 Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

Matt McMurry gave PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports a sweep of the three LMP2 sessions, running 1m51.766s in the No. 52 Profound/MEP/Drive Capitol/6eme Sens ORECA Gibson.

Friday will be a short day for the WeatherTech Championship competitors. It opens with a one-hour, 25-minute combined session at 8 a.m. ET, shortly followed by 15-minute qualifying groups beginning at 10:20 a.m. The remainder of the day will feature races for the IMSA Pilot Challenge and WEC.

There will be a 20-minute warm-up on Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with the 67th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring beginning at 10:40 a.m.

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