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Yacaman Takes Ligier to Top of Road Atlanta Night Practice

Gustavo Yacaman on top in Petit Le Mans night practice…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Gustavo Yacaman took the No. 42 OAK Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda to the top of the charts in the 90-minute night practice Thursday at Road Atlanta, the third of the day for the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.

Yacaman, with the engine from Circuit of the Americas reinstalled in the car earlier in the day, set the fastest lap of the session at 1:14.923. It was a little less than three tenths off the overall best time of the day, set in second practice by Sebastien Bourdais.

Richard Westbrook was second in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP at 1:14.991, with Bourdais clocking in third in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP at 1:15.056.

Scott Dixon brought the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford up to fourth at 1:15.138 with the second Action Express entry, the No. 9 Corvette DP driven by Burt and Brian Frisselle and Jon Fogarty, fifth.

Jack Hawksworth set an early flier to lead the Prototype Challenge category at 1:17.250 in the No. 08 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09, ahead of the No. 25 8Star Motorsports and No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports entries, respectively.

The gaps remained tight in GT Le Mans with only 0.597 of a second separating the top eight cars.

A late flier from Bryan Sellers in the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR brought that car to the top of the charts at 1:19.060. The No. 3 Corvette C7.R was second ahead of the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R and the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR.

Porsche also continued its pace edge in GT Daytona, with top-five sweep by Porsche 911 GT Americas. The Alex Job Racing pair of entries went 1-2, with Mario Farnbacher setting the session-leading time in the No. 23 Team Seattle/AJR entry at 1:22.504, and the No. 22 entry came second.

The No. 58 Snow Racing/Dempsey Racing,  No. 73 Park Place Motorsports and No. 81 GB Autosport entries were next, with the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage sixth and best of the rest at 1:23.018.

The 90-minute session ran cleanly and without interruption. Fourth practice runs Friday morning from 10:10 to 11:10 a.m.

RESULTS: Practice 3

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 and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony


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