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Nato Leads ESM 1-2 in Night Practice

Norman Nato leads Tequila Patron ESM 1-2 in night practice…

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Norman Nato led the way in night practice for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans, leading a 1-2 for Tequila Patron ESM.

The Frenchman, in his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut, reeled off a 1:11.457 in the No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi late in the 90-minute session to edge out teammate Pipo Derani by 0.090 seconds.

The No. 7 Team Penske Acura ARX-05 of Ricky Taylor was third quickest, followed by Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in fourth.

Jonathan Bomarito completed the top-five in the No. 55 Team Joest Mazda RT24-P.

Tommy Milner led a Corvette 1-2 in GT Le Mans, while the No. 71 P1 Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Brazilian stock car ace Felipe Fraga was quickest in GT Daytona.

No major incidents were reported during the session, other than a few spins.

Practice 4 is set for 11:15 a.m. EDT.

RESULTS: Practice 3

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