Loïc Duval set the best time in the last free practice session of this 59th edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona, which marks the start of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar 2021 championship.
The Frenchman’s best time (Cadillac DPi-VR # 5 of JDC-Miller Motorsports) was only 0.012 seconds faster than that of Kevin Magnussen (Cadillac # 01 of Chip Ganassi Racing). Mazda Motorsports’ Oliver Jarvis (# 55) and Filipe Albuquerque (Acura # 10 Wayne Taylor Racing) finished third and fourth, but very close to the leader (all in 5 hundredths). Pipo Derani (Cadillac # 31 Whelen Engineering Racing) is 5th…
John Farano was the fastest in LMP2 with the # 8 Tower Motorsports Oreca 07. High Class Racing’s # 20 Oreca finished second thanks to Ferdinand Habsburg, while Tristan Nunez set the third fastest time for WIN Autosport.
Jeroen Bleekemolen (Riley Motorsports) finished ahead of Rasmus Lindh (Performance Tech Motorsports) in LMP3, both men are on Ligier JS P320s, while Moritz Kranz (Muehlner Motorsports America) took third place with the best Duqueine M30-D08.
Alessandro Pier Guidi, driver of the # 62 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo of Risi Competizione, had the fastest lap in GTLM. Kevin Estre (WeatherTech Racing) finished second behind the wheel of the # 79 Porsche 911 RSR followed by Tommy Milner’s # 4 Corvette C8.R.
Lamborghini set the two fastest times in GTD, Franck Perrera (Grasser Racing Team # 19) ahead of Mirko Bortolotti by 0.154 seconds on # 111. Daniel Serra, with the # 21 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo is third, followed by Richard Westbrook (Aston Martin Vantage GT3 # and Patrick Long (Porsche 911 GT3 R # 16 Wright Motorsport).
The session was interrupted by two red flags, the first after just under 10 minutes when PR1 / Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca’s Oreca 07 # 52 (Nico Lapierre) came off the track in turn 5.
The second came from Frankie Montecalvo’s # 12 Lexus Vasser Sullivan RC F GT3 which came to a halt off track on turn 3. The car was towed to the pit lane, but the car did not appear to be damaged.
Another incident took place during the session when Alan Metni’s # 42 NTE Sport Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo made contact with the wall as it exited the pit lane at the start of the session. The driver limped into the pits, the car appeared to have suffered significant damage.
The times are HERE
Pilot by pilot times are HERE.
The 59th 24 Hours of Daytona will take place tomorrow, Saturday, at 3:40 p.m. (9:40 p.m. in France). The race can be followed in full via Auto Moto la Chaîne as well as on IMSA.tv. This is not to be missed ! More details tomorrow …