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Rebellion Quickest on Saturday at Daytona

Neel Jani quickest again on Saturday at Roar Before 24…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Rebellion Racing has topped the time charts again at Daytona, with Neel Jani making further gains in Saturday’s test sessions at the Roar Before the 24.

The defending FIA World Endurance Champion reeled off a best lap of 1:38.944 in the 90-minute night session to go quickest of the day in the No. 13 Oreca 07 Gibson.

It was some two-tenths quicker than Jani’s pace-setting lap set on Friday.

Jani has continued as the lone driver in the Anglo-Swiss squad’s LMP2 contender, with his Rolex 24 co-drivers expected to arrive tomorrow from the Las Vegas eRace.

The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P ended the day second quickest overall, thanks to Tristan Nunez’s 1:39.157 lap time set in the afternoon session.

Ben Hanley was third on the time sheets in the No. 81 DragonSpeed Oreca, with the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports entry making it three Gibson-powered Orecas in the top-four.

The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing entry was quickest of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs in sixth, a half-second behind the pace-setting LMP2 car.

Two late-session red flags highlighted the 90-minute night test, with Joao Barbosa losing drive in his No. 5 Action Express Cadillac and stopping on track.

Contact between the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet and the No. 98 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, meanwhile, resulted in a second stoppage.

Pilet’s Porsche sustained left-front suspension damage and did not return to action.

In GT Le Mans, Scott Dixon led the way in the No. 67 Ford GT, with a 1:44.558 lap set in the afternoon session.

The Kiwi was two-tenths quicker than Jan Magnussen’s class pace-setting time set on Friday in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R.

The No. 38 Performance Tech Oreca FLM09 topped Prototype Challenge, after returning to action following an accident on Friday.

GT Daytona, meanwhile, was led by the No. 29 Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS, at a 1:47.723 lap from Christopher Mies.

Conditions were mixed on Saturday, with the morning session beginning on a wet track, prior to a significant cool down in the afternoon, with temperatures barely topping 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

A pair of test sessions are on tap for Sunday to close out the Roar, beginning at 10:20 a.m. ET.

RESULTS: Test Session 3
RESULTS: Test Session 4
RESULTS: Test Session 5

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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