CORE autosport ended the opening day of practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on top, with Colin Braun improving his time from the first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship session of the weekend.
Braun reeled off a 1:06.902 lap in the No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca 07 Gibson in Friday’s afternoon session to put the LMP2 car atop the time sheets again.
The session, however, was marred by an accident by Helio Castroneves in the No. 7 Team Penske Acura ARX-05, who made heavy contact with the Turn 5 barriers.
It resulted in a lengthy red flag for track cleanup, with the ORECA-built prototype sustaining comprehensive damage to the right-rear.
The Brazilian had set the third quickest time in the session prior to the accident, with teammate Dane Cameron second on the time sheets.
The No. 55 Team Joest Mazda RT24-P and Ryan Dalziel’s No. 22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi completed the top-five overall and in the Prototype class, with the quickest Cadillac DPi.V-R being Felipe Nasr’s No. 31 Action Express Racing entry in sixth.
Tandy Tops GTLM for Porsche
Porsche GT Team led the way in GT Le Mans, thanks to an improvement by the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy.
The Englishman’s 1:14.357 bested teammate Earl Bamber’s 1:14.538 set in the morning session, which put the pair of CORE autosport-run machines atop the combined time sheets.
The pair of Corvette C7.Rs were again third and fourth quickest in class, followed by the Ford GT duo.
Alvaro Parente, meanwhile, was quickest in GT Daytona in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3, having recorded a 1:16574 lap time.
It was three-tenths quicker than Bill Auberlen’s class pace-setting time from the morning.
A final 60-minute practice session is on tap for 8:30 a.m. EDT, followed by qualifying in the early afternoon.
RESULTS: Practice 2