After the first day of testing for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona International Speedway, Multimatic Motorsports (GS) and Next Level European (ST) were the respective class pace-setters.
Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell set the fastest lap of the day in the No. 15 Ford Mustang Boss 302R at 1:55.794 in GS. Greg Liefooghe and Eric Zimmermann clocked in at 2:05.522 in the No. 83 Porsche Cayman to lead ST. Both fastest times were set in the second one-hour session.
One incident of note in session two saw the No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche 997 (GS) incur significant right side damage and be brought back to the CTSC paddock on a flatbed. Driver Charlie Belluardo was evaluated and released from the infield care center.
The No. 2 Jim Click Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R, driven by Mike McGovern, led GS during Friday morning’s first one-hour session with a best time of 1:56.185. TRG-AMR’s No. 07 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 and the No. 78 Racers Edge Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R were second and third.
In ST, Next Level European’s new No. 83 Porsche Cayman, driven by Liefooghe and Zimmermann, led the class with a 2:05.700. The No. 81 Bimmerworld BMW 328i was second with Murillo Racing’s No. 56 Porsche Cayman, featuring 2014 class champion Eric Foss in its lineup, third.
The Multimatic pair clocked in the fastest time of the day during Friday’s second one-hour test session. The Multimatic Ford’s best time led the TRG-AMR Aston and Click Ford.
ST saw the Next Level European Porsche lead a Cayman 1-2, ahead of the No. 87 Rebel Rock Racing entry and No. 81 Bimmerworld BMW, again the leading non-Cayman entry.
In each session, 27 of the 30 cars entered took laps. CTSC has two more one-hour sessions on Saturday, running from 11:05 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. and 2:55 to 3:55 p.m.