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Albuquerque Tops Friday at Laguna; Aitken Crashes

No. 10 Acura ARX-06 quickest in opening day of IMSA action at Laguna Seca…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Filipe Albuquerque led the way in opening IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice for Sunday’s Motul Course de Monterey presented by Hyundai N, in a session that saw a heavy accident for the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac V-Series.R of Jack Aitken.

Albuquerque reeled off a best lap of 1:14.434 in his No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Acura ARX-06 to edge out the No. 24 Team RLL BMW M Hybrid V8 of Philip Eng by 0.019 seconds.

Mathieu Jaminet was third on the time charts in the No. 6 Penske Porsche 963, followed by Louis Deletraz and Aitken, who completed the top-five for WTRAndretti and AXR, respectively.

Aitken’s accident came at the 30-minute mark when he drove into the Turn 4 barriers, resulting in the session’s only red flag and causing considerable left-front damage to the GTP class car.

There was also drama for the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac, which spent time in the garage with a water leak.

Seb Priaulx made a late flyer in the No. 77 AO Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R to go quickest in GTD Pro, pipping Antonio Garcia, whose No. 3 Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R made a trip to the garage to replace its fuel pump.

The sister No. 4 Pratt Miller Corvette of Nicky Catsburg was third in class, while Philip Ellis led the way in GTD in his No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo.

A number of cars had off-course excursions over the course of the session, most notably from the No. 64 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT3 of Harry Tincknell, which required a new nose.

An additional 90-minute practice session is on tap for Saturday at 9:15 a.m. PDT (12:15 p.m. EDT) followed by qualifying at 4:35 p.m. PDT (7:35 p.m. EDT) which will be streamed live on Peacock.

RESULTS: Practice 1

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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