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Kobayashi, WTR Top Friday Afternoon at Roar

Kamui Kobayashi puts Wayne Taylor Racing, Cadillac on top in Roar Session 2…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Kamui Kobayashi beat the arrival of rain to turn in the fastest lap of Session 2 at the Roar Before the 24 in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.

The Japanese driver’s session-best time of 1:36.696 was a mere 0.008 seconds clear of Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest Mazda RT24-P, while Timo Bernhard completed the top-three in the sister Mazda DPi a further 0.234 seconds back.

Agustin Canapino and Helio Castroneves had Juncos Racing and Acura Team Penske fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kobayashi’s session pace-setting time was seven-tenths slower than Oliver Jarvis’ 1:35.989 in the No. 77 Mazda DPi, which topped the time charts overall on the opening day of track action.

Gabriel Aubry was quickest of the LMP2 runners in the No. 52 Oreca 07 Gibson for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, while Ben Hanley was second in the No. 81 DragonSpeed entry which saw the track for the first time at the Roar in the session.

In GT Le Mans, Davide Rigon put Risi Competizione at the top of the class table by 0.131 seconds over the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe, while defending class champion Antonio Garcia was third for Corvette Racing.

Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports, which was quickest in GT Daytona in Session 1, was fastest once again in Session 2 at the hands of Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Daniel Serra had the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 second in class, while Jens Klingmann rounded out the top-three in class for Turner Motorsport.

Rain arrived in the second half of the session and few cars took the opportunity to sample the treacherous conditions, resulting in multiple spins and other off track excursions.

Track activity resumes tomorrow for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Session 3 set to begin at 10 a.m. ET.

RESULTS: Session 2

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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