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Pla Fastest in Night Practice at Sebring

Olivier Pla fastest again in night practice at Sebring…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Olivier Pla continued at the top of the timesheets during Thursday’s night practice for the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, as he was fastest for the second straight session.

Pla set the day’s fastest lap in the 90-minute night practice session, at 1:51.973 in the No. 57 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd.

Sebastien Bourdais was second at 1:52.246 in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, with Ozz Negri third at 1:52.536 in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda.

Tom Kimber-Smith was also fastest for the second straight session in Prototype Challenge, at 1:56.465 in the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09.

Corvette Racing ended night practice 1-2 in GT Le Mans, with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R ahead of Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. Briscoe’s best time was a 1:59.313 with Milner only a fraction behind at 1:59.342.

The pair of BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTEs were third and fifth, and sandwiched the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR in fourth.

In GT Daytona, Porsche’s 911 GT America continued its daylong dominance with Mario Farnbacher fastest by more than a second in the No. 23 Team Seattle-AJR Porsche 911 GT America, at 2:03.159.

There were three red flags in the session, which totaled more than 18 minutes.

Tomy Drissi spun in-between Turns 14 and 15 in the No. 16 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca FLM09, which forced his car to the garage after left side damage. Negri stopped on track later in the session but returned to the pits.

Finally Jan Heylen in the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America was stopped on course past Turn 5 for the third red flag of the session.

The TUDOR Championship has another one-hour practice Friday morning from 9:50 to 10:50 a.m. ET and local time, before qualifying later Friday evening.

RESULTS: Practice 3

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