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Spirit of Daytona on Top Again at Daytona

Richard Westbrook, Spirit of Daytona leads Practice 2 at Rolex 24…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Corvette DP entries led the timesheets once again in Thursday’s second practice session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

As he did this morning, Richard Westbrook led the overall and P class timesheets with a best lap of 1:39.279 in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona entry.

Sister Corvettes driven by Christian Fittipaldi (No. 5 Action Express Racing, 1:39.564) and Alex Gurney (No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, 1:39.577) were second and third.

Olivier Pla put the No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan into fourth overall, fastest of the P2 cars, at 1:40.440.

Colin Braun led the PC class timesheets for the second straight session in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 at 1:42.724. The No. 8 Starworks Motorsport and No. 09 RSR Racing entries rounded out the top three.

In GTLM, the SRT Viper pair ended the session 1-2. Jonathan Bomarito put the No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R fastest at 1:45.016, just clear of teammate Marc Goossens in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R at 1:45.233.

The pair of Corvettes were third and fifth, with the No. 4’s best time a 1:45.670 set by Oliver Gavin and the No. 3 at 1:45.900, set by Jan Magnussen.

Risi Competizione got its No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia into fourth, courtesy of Gianmaria Bruni at 1:45.715.

Daniel Serra led GTD in the No. 65 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 GT3, at 1:47.542. Leh Keen took the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America into second at 1:47.874, with Norbert Siedler third in the No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America at 1:47.963.

The No. 555 Level 5 Ferrari and No. 81 GB Autosport Porsche completed the top five in class.

One red flag interrupted the session when Andy Priaulx had an off in the No. 55 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE. Priaulx returned to the pits after his off at the second hairpin.

Meanwhile at the end of the session, Tom Kimber-Smith stopped on track just before the kink in the No. 25 8Star Motorsports ORECA FLM09 with a mechanical issue. Kimber-Smith was evaluated and released from the infield care center.

Qualifying is set to take place from 3:45 to 4:20 p.m. ET (GT) and 4:30 to 5:05 p.m. ET (Prototypes) later Thursday afternoon.

RESULTS: Practice 2

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to NBCSports.com and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Jim

    January 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Would give anything to be there to experience the combined classes running together. What a thrilling moment for US road racing. It has been difficult to hold an allegiance to either Grand Am or ALMS, as a fan. Hopefully the competition will be such that it will bring road racing back into the visibility it so rightfully deserves.

    Can’t wait until Saturday’s green flag!

    • rissas dad

      January 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      good post, agree 100%

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