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Vautier Leads Incident-Free Warmup for JDC-Miller

JDC-Miller Cadillac paces warmup, plus news & notes ahead of Petit Le Mans…

Photo: Peter Burke/IMSA

Tristan Vautier set the fastest lap of an incident-free Motul Petit Le Mans warmup session aboard the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Vautier topped the leaderboard with a time of 1:10.109, which put the Frenchman 0.296 seconds clear of Olivier Pla in the No. 55 Team Joest Mazda RT24-P DPi.

Third-quickest in the brief 20-minute Saturday morning run was Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac on a time of 1:10.496.

In the GT Le Mans class, a flurry of late laps saw the two Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs jump to the top of the timing charts, with Dirk Mueller leading Scott Dixon.

Mueller’s time of 1:16.823 put the No. 66 Ford just 0.076 seconds up on Dixon in the sister No. 67 car, while Daniel Serra lapped third in the pole-sitting Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE.

Fastest in GT Daytona was Bill Auberlen in the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, while Gabriel Aubry paced the all-ORECA LMP2 class for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports.


Pre-Race News & Notes

***Montaplast by Land Motorsport was at the track until 1 a.m. diagnosing and replacing the clutch system in its Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo. Team principal Christian Land told Sportscar365 the team detected an issue in Practice 4 but elected to qualify the car anyway.

***Riccardo Feller set the fifth-best time for Land in the warmup, as the Audi completed a total of 10 laps.

***The new Corvette C8.R is set to complete demo laps during pre-race activities, with the new-for-2020 mid-engined GTE contender having been prepped in the team’s tent this morning.  

***Click Here for the provisional starting grid, which confirms the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R at the rear of the GTLM field and the No. 29 Land Audi and No. 47 PPM Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, which will start from the back of the GTD grid.

John Dagys contributed to this report.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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