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Action Express Sets Pace Thursday at Sebring Winter Test

AXR topped the time charts on day 1 of IMSA Winter Test…

Photo: Marcel ten Caat

Photo: Marcel ten Caat

At the end of the first day of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship IMSA Winter Test at Sebring, it was Action Express Racing that topped the time charts with the No. 5 Corvette DP.

Alex Brundle was the fastest driver for most of the second session, but just minutes before the end, the No. 5 Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais set the fastest time, a 1:52.906.

TheNo. 5 improved once again, just minutes before the end of the session, putting in a 1:52.480 as the fastest lap time of the day.

Behind the Action Express Racing Corvette DP it was the OAK Racing Morgan Nissan that took second place, 0.787s slower than the No. 5. The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP of Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante ended the second session in third place in a time of 1:53.425.

Completing the top eight were the Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Ford, Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP, the two Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b’s and the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Oreca 03 Nissan.

The No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet led the GTLM standings in session two. The Rolex 24 at Daytona winning squad beat the sister car this time around, but was still three tenths slower than the fastest time in the morning, a 2:00.364 the fastest time in the afternoon.

Splitting the two Porsches was the No. 93 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R of Marc Goossens, Jonathan Bomarito and Jeroen Bleekemolen.

The No. 25 8Star Motorsports Oreca FLM09 was fastest in the PC category again, returning after an accident in the morning session, while Turner Motorsport topped the timecharts in GTD with the No. 94 BMW Z4 GT3.

Temperatures reached into the 80s during the session, which was red flagged three times. The No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari, No. 13 Rum Bum Racing/Snow Racing Porsche and No. 88 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 returned with accident damage.

RESULTS: Session 2

Marcel ten Caat (@marceltencaat) is Sportscar365's European Editor, focusing on coverage of the ELMS, Blancpain GT Series and select other endurance events. He also contributes to Autosport.nl, among other publications.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    February 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Well good to see the P2s actually competitive this time. Hopefully the can show what a real prototype can do at a proper endurance circuit.

  2. pdxracefan

    February 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    They’ve a ways to go I would think. The P2’s are capable of faster times.

    P2 Qualy times from last two years:
    2012:
    LMP2: 1:50.467, Oak Racing #24
    P2: 1:52.129, Level 5 #055
    2013:
    P2: 1:51.159, Level 5 #551

    • Bakkster

      February 21, 2014 at 6:11 am

      If you look at test times, first day of testing was usually in the 53s. So far so good.

  3. RideRed

    February 20, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Are there any photos available? Other than the headline pics of course.

  4. Ken

    February 20, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Those P2 qualy times were on a significantly better tire. Now they are on the Continentals. They are not going to match those times with the Conti tires.

    • LM mike

      February 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Continental tires might surprise you, last year when PC switch from Michelin two Continental there was a two second advantage.

      • Dave

        February 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm

        The continental were going to be better than the michelins. Marshall pruett said any tire would have been better. The Michelins were all standard hard tires that no development went into so the continentals were bound to be better.

        • Ken

          February 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm

          Agree with Dave. Its not brand, but the compound and construction. The Michelin for the PC was a hard spec tire. The Michelin and Dunlop on the P2s were tires meant to compete against each other. The current Contis are a spec tire with no concern about competing against another brand. Lets put it this way, no P2 team worldwide would choose to run them at Lemans. They are the only tire allowed in TUSC, so they have no choice.

          Some tire companies want to compete against other brands to push the limits. Others prefer to pay a fee to have the branding and no competition. Unfortunately, that is the norm in most series now.

  5. Dave

    February 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    They arent likely to match previous times on a spec tire. Those times were set on tires specifically designed for P2s. I say bring back Dunlops and Michelins.

    • pdxracefan

      February 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      I guess we’ll have to wait until March 14th and see.

      • Dave

        February 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm

        Guess we shall.

  6. pdxracefan

    February 20, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    @John Dagys: Any pictures yet for us?

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