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Pilet Beats Garcia by 0.090 Seconds in Practice 2

Porsche quickest again as 911 RSRs top both GTLM Friday practice sessions at VIR…

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Patrick Pilet pipped Antonio Garcia to the fastest lap in the second practice session for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at VIR.

Pilet, driving the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, set a time of 1:41.234 to edge out Garcia in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R by nine-hundredths of a second.

The Porsche factory driver also came away with the best effort across Friday’s two sessions after his teammate Laurens Vanthoor led Practice 1 in the German manufacturer’s No. 912 car.

Pilet will share the No. 911 machine with Nick Tandy in Sunday’s 2 hour, 40-minute contest.

Third-quickest was Vanthoor’s co-driver Earl Bamber, while Richard Westbrook set the fourth-best time in the No. 67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT.

Completing the top five was the No. 24 Team RLL BMW M8 GTE, which turned in a time of 1:41.574 in the hands of Jesse Krohn.

GT Daytona was led by the AIM Vasser Sullivan squad, with Jack Hawksworth submitting the fastest lap of 1:43.783 in the team’s No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3.

The Englishman ended up 0.161 seconds clear of Robby Foley in the Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3, who was an additional three tenths quicker than Bryan Sellers in the third-placed Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

Practice 2 was red-flagged in its latter stages when Andy Lally pulled the No. 44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini to the side of the track with an apparent mechanical problem.

A quick recovery process ensured a late flurry of track action in the final five minutes, but no major improvements were recorded.

Friday’s practice sessions will be followed up by a third 60-minute bout of running on Saturday morning, starting at 8:35 am eastern, before qualifying later in the day.

RESULTS: Practice 2

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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