Toni Vilander wasted no time getting up to speed in Pirelli World Challenge, with the Finn topping the time charts in opening practice for this weekend’s Sprint season-opener at St. Pete.
The Ferrari factory driver, in his series debut, laid down a quick lap of 1:12.086 in his No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 to end the 40-minute session on top.
Vilander was more than two-tenths clear of the competition, with fellow PWC newcomers Scott Hargrove (Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R) and Daniel Keilwitz (Callaway Competition USA Corvette C7 GT3-R) second and third quickest, respectively.
Michael Christensen posted the fourth fastest time in the No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche, with Daniel Morad completing the top-five in CRP Racing’s Mercedes-AMG GT3.
The top-five were separated by less than one-second.
Parker Chase led the way in GTA, wheeling his No. 19 TruSpeed Autosport Audi R8 LMS to a 1:13.759 lap time, some three-tenths ahead of Rodrigo Baptista in the No. 3 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3.
No major incidents were reported in the session.
The second and final GT/GTA practice session of the day is set for 2:25 p.m. ET.
RESULTS: Practice 1