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Albuquerque, Cadillac Top Practice 4

Filipe Albuquerque goes quickest in Practice 4 for Mustang Sampling Racing…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Filipe Albuquerque put in the fastest lap of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Practice 4 in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.

The Portuguese driver’s time of 1:34.358 was faster than any Cadillac driver managed to turn in qualifying on Thursday.

Olivier Pla was second fastest for Mazda Team Joest, 0.400 seconds off Albuquerque’s pace. The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac was third in the hands of Pipo Derani.

Acura Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Mazda’s Rene Rast completed the top five in the final practice before the Rolex 24 begins on Saturday.

CORE autosport, which topped night practice on Thursday, elected to skip the session for a planned engine and gearbox change.

Enzo Guibbert was fastest in the LMP2 class in the No. 52 Oreca 07 Gibson from PR1/Mathiesen Motorsports, checking in with a 1:36.433 lap time.

In GT Le Mans, Fred Makowiecki jumped to the top of the sheet late in the session in the polesitting No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR with a 1:42.478 lap time, 0.134 seconds faster than the No. 66 Ford GT of Dirk Mueller.

It was not a clean run for that car, as Sebastien Bourdais brought out a red flag 40 minutes into the session when he stopped on track at the exit of the West Horseshoe citing a problem at the left rear corner of the car.

The car was towed back to the garage area.

Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing car of Richard Westrbook filled up the rest of the top five in class.

In GT Daytona, Pedro Lamy was 0.214 seconds clear of second place with a lap of 1:44.632 in the No. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3, followed by the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 of Nick Cassidy and Marco Seefried in the No. 540 Porsche 911 GT3 R for Black Swan Racing.

RESULTS: Practice 4

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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