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Angelelli, WTR Top Night Practice at Daytona

Max Angelelli set the pace in Night Practice for the Rolex 24…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Max Angelelli posted the fastest lap of Thursday’s night practice in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R at Daytona.

Angelelli, who is set to retire after the 2017 edition of the event, clocked in with a session-best time of 1:37.757, a mere 0.148 seconds clear of Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Action Express Cadillac.

Tequila Patron ESM put together its most successful outing of the week so far, with Brendon Hartley and Scott Sharp checking in with the third and fourth fastest times, respectively, in their pair of Nissan Onroak DPi machines.

Stephane Sarrazin recorded the fastest lap of the 2017 WEC-spec LMP2 cars in the Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson, clocking in 0.971 seconds off the fastest time of the session.

The DragonSpeed Oreca did not turn laps after suffering an accident in Practice 2, as the team was hard at work preparing the squad’s spare tub in order to return to action tomorrow.

In Prototype Challenge, Pato O’Ward led the way for Performance Tech, 0.824 seconds faster than Starworks Motorsports’ Remo Ruscitti in second.

Ford once again flexed its muscle in GT Le Mans, led by Ryan Briscoe the No. 67 Ford GT. Kevin Estre and Dirk Werner showed well with second and third fastest GTLM laps in the Nos. 912 and 911 Porsche 911 RSR respectively.

Porsche once again led the way in GT Daytona with the fastest time coming from Park Place Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 R with Joerg Bergmeister at the wheel.

The practice was halted temporarily by two red flags, the first coming when Jeff Gordon, who spun the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac early in the session.

The No. 16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 driven by Jeroen Mul stopped on the entrance to the Bus Stop with 30 minutes to go, bringing out the second and final stoppage.

Practice 4 for the WeatherTech Championship is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. ET.

RESULTS: Practice 3

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is a pit reporter for SRO America's TV coverage as well as for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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