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Duval Quickest Again in Free Practice 3

Loic Duval quickest in Free Practice 3 at COTA…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Loic Duval and Audi Sport Team Joest continued to show their pace in the third and final Free Practice session for the Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas on Friday morning.

A lap time of 1:45.719 was almost two seconds quicker than Thursday’s pace, and put the No. 8 Audi R18 clear of the two Porsche 919 Hybrids on the timesheets by over three-tenths.

The No. 7 Audi was fourth in the hour-long session, with the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids fifth and sixth.

Manor was the fastest team in the LMP2 class, with Roberto Mehri in the No. 44 Oreca 05 Nissan setting a 1.55.696. RGR Sport took the Ligier JS P2 Nissan to its highest position so far in second, with the Orecas considerably faster yesterday.

G-Drive Racing and Signatech Alpine completed the top four in class.

It was an Aston Martin Racing 1-2 in GTE-Pro with Marco Sorensen’s No. 95 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE faster than the sister No. 97 car. AF Corse’s No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE placed third in the session.

In GTE-Am meanwhile, Kevin Estre was the pacesetter in the Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR, while the No. 98 Aston Martin was second ahead of the Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R.

With Free Practice completed, the next session is qualifying at 5:45 p.m. CT.

RESULTS: Free Practice 3

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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