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WTR Fastest Again in COTA Practice 2

WTR’s Jordan Taylor blitzed the IWSC field in Practice 2 at COTA

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Jordan Taylor kept Wayne Taylor Racing on top in Practice 2 for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown at Circuit of The Americas, topping the time charts with a blisteringly fast lap in his No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. 

Taylor’s time of 1:56.595 was a full 1.127 seconds clear of second-place Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac, with JDC-Miller Motorsports ace Stephen Simpson third 1.383 seconds behind Taylor in the No. 85 Oreca 07 Gibson.

Dane Cameron put the No. 31 AXR Cadillac fourth overall with Marco Bonanomi for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports in fifth and Scott Sharp in the No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi in sixth for Tequila Patron ESM.

All six of those cars posted times faster than the pole-winning lap for last year’s race.

GT Le Mans class honors went to Alexander Sims in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM, 0.400 seconds ahead of his teammate John Edwards in the No. 24 entry.

Laurens Vanthoor completed the top-3 in GTLM in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR.

Mercedes again ruled in GT Daytona, paced by Tristan Vautier in the SunEngergy1 Mercedes-AMG GT3. Four-tenths of a second back was the No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes driven by Dan Knox in its first race of the season in the WeatherTech Championship.

Jens Klingmann rounded out the top three in class in the Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3.

Performance Tech topped the Prototype Challenge standings once again, this time with James French behind the wheel. The No. 26 BAR1 Motorsports entry of Stefan Wilson again was second, with Buddy Rice setting the third fastest time in the team’s No. 20 Oreca FLM09.

The hour-long practice ran without interruption, although the No. 66 Ford slowed on pit lane during the session and there was a fire in the Corvette Racing pit lane involving the No. 3 C7.R. The fire occurred as the practice concluded and was quickly extinguished.

The WeatherTech Championship returns to the track tomorrow at 8:55 a.m. CT for Practice 3 before qualifying in the afternoon.

RESULTS: Practice 2

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is a pit reporter for SRO America's TV coverage as well as for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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