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Jordan Taylor Fastest, DragonSpeed Returns in Final Practice

Jordan Taylor pipped Dragonspeed to go quickest in final practice…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Jordan Taylor continued Cadillac’s strong form at Daytona by setting the pace in final practice for the Rolex 24 on Friday.

The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R clocked a 1:36.970 in the final moments of the session, which was just 0.067 seconds slower than Joao Barbosa’s pole lap in qualifying.

After receiving dispensation from IMSA to build up a new chassis overnight, Dragonspeed returned to the track to set the second quickest time.

Elton Julian’s team missed qualifying after Loic Duval suffered a mysterious accident in second practice, but the team’s spare Oreca 07 Gibson clocked a 1:37.922 in the hands of Nicolas Lapierre.

The No. 5 Action Express of Christian Fittipaldi made it two Cadillacs in the top three by pipping the Rebellion Racing Oreca of Neel Jani, with Rene Rast fifth in the VisitFlorida Racing Riley Mk. 30.

Colombian Gustavo Yacaman set the pace in the No. 20 BAR1 Motorsports car in Prototype Challenge.

In GT Le Mans, polesitter Joey Hand once again set the fastest time in the No. 66 Ford GT, just 0.053 seconds ahead of the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR of Dirk Werner. Ryan Briscoe was third in the No. 67 Ford.

Meanwhile in GT Daytona, the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Andrea Caldarelli beat the Jeroen Bleekemolen’s No. 33 Riley Motorsports – Team AMG Mercedes-AMG GT3 to set the quickest time.

The session was stopped twice, for a total of 22 minutes.

The first interruption was caused by the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM dropping oil on-track, the second when the No. 18 DAC Motorsport Lamborghini of Emmanuel Anassis lost a wheel at turn 6 and had to be recovered on a flatbed.

The PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport Ligier JS P217 Gibson also stopped out on circuit with electrical problems.

The race begins Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

RESULTS: Practice 4

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