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8Star Tops Friday Practice at Lime Rock Park

Sebastien Bourdais leads 8Star 1-2 in Friday’s second practice at Lime Rock…

8Star Motorsports led the way in Friday’s practice at Lime Rock Park, as GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series teams prepare for tomorrow’s series finale.

Sebastien Bourdais peddled his No. 4 Corvette DP to a best time of 49.755 seconds around the 1.5-mile bullring, edging out teammate Stephane Sarrazin in the second and final session of the day.

It marked the first 1-2 run for the Enzo Potolicchio-owned team, which will be searching for its maiden victory in the final Rolex Series event tomorrow.

Sarrazin’s 50.187-second lap time in the No. 3 car held as the sixth quickest time of the day. The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-BMW of Memo Rojas, which topped the time charts in opening practice, ended up second best on the day, followed by the No. 42 Team Sahlen’s Riley-BMW in third

Completing the top-five were the Daytona Prototype title-contending No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing Corvettes, with points leaders Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor needing a fourth place finish or higher to claim the title.

GT was led by the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia Grand-Am of Leh Keen, who reeled off a 54.038-second lap time in the Prancing Horse he shares with championship hopeful Alessandro Balzan.

The No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R of Robin Liddell and John Edwards were second quickest of the day, thanks to Liddell’s 54.218-second lap time set in opening practice.

Tom Long led the way in the GX class with a best lap time of 57.306 seconds in his No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda6.

Qualifying for the two-hour and 45-minute series finale is on tap for 9 a.m. ET tomorrow.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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