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Mazda Fastest in Final Practice

Oliver Jarvis showed the was in WeatherTech Championship Practice 4 at Road Atlanta…

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Oliver Jarvis showed the way for Mazda Team Joest in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Practice 4 at Road Atlanta, the final practice session before qualifying for Motul Petit Le Mans this afternoon.

Jarvis’ best lap in the Mazda RT24-P of 1:10.786 was the fastest of the weekend so far and good enough to hold down the top position in the hotly contested session that saw the top four separated by a mere 0.071 seconds.

Filipe Albuquerque checked in with the second-quickest time in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, followed by Felipe Nasr in the sister AXR entry and Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05.

Tommy Milner led a Corvette Racing sweep of the top two spots in GT Le Mans in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R just 0.018 seconds faster than Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 entry.

John Edwards was third for BMW Team RLL in the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE but was still within 0.045 seconds of Milner’s time. Richard Westbrook and Earl Bamber were fourth and fifth for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Porsche, respectively.

The No. 29 Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS continued its strong weekend by topping the charts in GT Daytona, this time in the hands of Sheldon van der Linde.

Alvaro Parente was second 0.353 seconds adrift in the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 that he shares with championship contender Katherine Legge and Trent Hindman, while Jack Hawskworth was third for 3GT Racing in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3.

There were no major incidents. Qualifying is set to begin at 3:55 p.m. ET with coverage at IMSA.tv and IMSA Radio.

RESULTS: Practice 4

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.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. corsas

    October 12, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    It’s so close, race will be intense. Can’t wait!

  2. Forrest

    October 12, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Go Mazda go! I was absolutely gutted as I watched the Mazda spin from the lead track side at Laguna. It would be so awesome for them to get their allusive victory tomorrow.

  3. Steve

    October 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I’m not a fan of the team but I really want to see Mazda win. It’s about time. I don’t think they’ve won a pole either have they?

    • Pierce

      October 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      In the DPi era they have not. They took poles in 2016 with the Lola in the final year.

      Would be great for them to win and Core take the championship.

    • Steven

      October 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Mazda hasn’t won in the top class since 2013 with Dyson Racing in ALMS.

      • Slicks in the wet

        October 12, 2018 at 10:09 pm

        2012 actually…against a total of one full-season competitor, lol. And ‘won’ class behind P2 a couple times hahahahahahahahahaha.

        They beat Muscle Milk at Sebring, Road America (AWESOME finish) and Baltimore. Lost to Rebellion at Road Atlanta.

        Most races had 2 Dyson cars. Muscle Milk had just one car all year and just one Rebellion car at Petit. Stiff competition, lol.

        I hope Mazda can do something again. They’ve broke my heart for almost 5 years now.

  4. J.C.

    October 12, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    The #3 Vette will win> it’s as if this season is so predicable.

    • Johannes275

      October 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      if it’s “predictable” that the #3 Vette will win the RACE, you don’t know what predictable means in the context of IMSA.

  5. Slicks in the wet

    October 12, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    That is a legit laptime.

    Still incredible that that would have been 3.5 seconds behind LMP2 pole a decade ago.

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