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Rebellion Paces Night Practice at Road Atlanta

Neel Jani paces Thursday night practice at Road Atlanta…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Rebellion Racing paced Thursday’s third and final practice session of the day at Road Atlanta, as American Le Mans Series teams got their first night laps in advance of Saturday’s Petit Le Mans.

Neel Jani took the No. 12 Lola B12/60 Toyota to a best lap of 1:20.360 in slick conditions. It was more than 2.5 seconds faster than the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c of Klaus Graf, who was second overall on the time sheets.

Third quickest overall and fastest of the P2 contenders was Ryan Briscoe in the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b. Briscoe’s 1:23.490 edged out the No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD of David Brabham by 0.779 seconds.

Team Falken Tire’s Wolf Henzler topped the GT class in the wet conditions, peddling his No. 17 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to a 1:28.933 lap time.

The No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Porsche of Bryce Miller was second quickest, ahead of the No. 93 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R of Kuno Wittmer, who rounded out the top-three.

8Star Motorsports continued to show the way in PC, with Ozz Negri rocketing to a 1:21.783 lap time. It was more than a half second quicker than the Tristan Nunez-driven Performance Tech Oreca FLM09 in second.

GTC was topped by the No. 11 JDX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car of Jan Heylen, who reeled off a 1:36.590 lap time. The No. 22 Alex Job Racing and No. 27 Dempsey Racing entries completed the top-three in class.

The only significant incident during the two-hour session came in the opening hour when Uwe Alzen spun and made slight contact with the Turn 12 barriers.

The German, piloting the No. 55 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE, was evaluated and released from the infield medical center.

Practice 4 is on tap for 10:20 a.m. Friday.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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