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Hindman Quickest on Friday at Road America

Archangel Motorsports Porsche on top in Michelin Pilot Challenge practice at Road America…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Trent Hindman led the way following a pair of practice sessions for IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competitors at Road America.

The Archangel Motorsports driver reeled off a 2:17.090 in his No. 7 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in Friday’s opening session, edging out the No. 71 Rebel Rock Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R of Robin Liddell by 0.028 seconds.

Liddel’s time came in the afternoon session, which was topped by the Scot.

The No. 60 KohR Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Kyle Marcelli made a late improvement to third overall and second quickest in Practice 2, followed by Corey Lewis in the. No. 3 Motorsports In Action McLaren 570S GT4 and the No. 39 CarBahn Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT4 in fifth.

The day saw a number of incidents on the four-mile Wisconsin circuit.

The No. 47 Forty7 Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N TCR of Alex Papadopulos stopped on track in Turn 8 to bring out a red in the afternoon session, while Frank DePew, in Rebel Rock’s Camaro GT4, sustained rear suspension damage in the session.

MIA’s McLaren GT4 also had suspension woes, having limped back to the pits in the opening session while the Archangel Porsche stopped on track at Canada Corner before resuming.

TCR was led by the No. 73 LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type-R of Mat Pombo, thanks to a 2:21.029 lap time in the second session.

It was 0.452 seconds faster than the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR of Michael Lewis and James Vance’s No. 23 FASTMD Racing with Speed Syndicate Audi RS 3 LMS TCR, which made it three different manufacturers in the top-three.

The Practice 1 pace-setting No. 54 JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi TCR of Stephen Simpson, meanwhile, was fourth.

Qualifying for Pilot Challenge competitors gets underway Saturday at 8 a.m. CT, with the two-hour race taking the green flag at 3:45 p.m. CT, with live coverage on Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA Radio.

RESULTS: Practice 1 / Practice 2

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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