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Porsche Paces Friday at Lime Rock

Nick Tandy, Patrick Long top time charts in GTLM, GTD on Friday at Lime Rock…

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Porsche topped the time charts in both classes in the opening day of track action for Saturday’s GT-only Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

Nick Tandy laid down a 50.414-second lap time in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR to go quickest in GT Le Mans, while Patrick Long paced GT Daytona in the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Both of the pace-setting times came during Friday’s third and final practice session of the day, in preparation for the eighth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Tandy edged out the No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Dirk Mueller by 0.465 seconds in the session, with Jesse Krohn putting the No. 24 Team RLL BMW M8 GTE third on the GTLM time sheets.

Laurens Vanthoor was fourth quickest in the sister No. 912 Porsche, with Oliver Gavin fifth in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R.

In GTD, the pair of Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 recorded the second and third quickest times in class, with Lawson Aschenbach edging out Katherine Legge.

Bill Auberlen was fourth quickest in class in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, with Jeroen Bleekemolen completing the top-five in the No. 33 Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3, which won last time out at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 returned to action in Practice 3 following an engine change to set the sixth quickest time in class in the hands of Bryan Sellers.

No major incidents were reported over the course of the day, which ran without any red flags.

A 20-minute warmup session is set for Saturday at 9:05 a.m. EDT, which will be immediately followed by qualifying.

RESULTS: Practice 3

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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