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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

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. jason

    July 20, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Will be quite a milestone to see a GT car break 50 seconds at Lime Rock. That’s getting into the range of slower prototypes like LMPC cars and Grand Am era DPs

  2. Va

    July 20, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    No ferrari. No interest. You guys enjoy it. And by the way those porsches are prototypes.

    • Preston Calvert

      July 20, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      The #63 Ferrari 488 GT3 in GTD is running at Lime Rock, just not competitively so far.

      The Porsche 911 RSR is a GTLM/GTE car, built on a modified stock 911 body-in-white. It is available to customer teams as of this year. I’m not sure where you got the idea the RSR is a prototype. It is a limited production factory race car, based on the street car chassis and powertrain.

  3. Dave Henrie

    July 21, 2018 at 12:21 am

    I felt the same way back in the Early 2000’s. The GT1 Corvettes were only very loosely based upon the actual car. One gimmick I remember was the rule the cars had to have a trunk(boot?) that would hold a suitcase. The Vette had a small space just large enough to slide a briefcase into the space. They sucessfully argued that the briefcase was, infact, a suitcase. We know the cars meet GTE/LM spec, but they were so clearly superior at LeMans, they might as well have been Prototypes.

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