No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 at Road Atlanta
Photo: Michelin

Thursday’s second practice session for the four classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ahead of Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans was topped by Ozz Negri in Michael Shank Racing’s Ligier JS P2.

Negri set the early pace in the session at the wheel of the No. 60 Ligier JS P2 after the car topped Practice 1 in the morning, then at the hands of the team’s endurance driver Olivier Pla.

Negri placed the Honda-powered LMP2-style car in the top spot after the 10th minute of the session, displacing Dane Cameron of Action Express Racing’s No. 31 Corvette DP.

Shortly thereafter, Negri improved his time a few tenths and raised the bar to 1:13.923.

With 20 minutes in the books, the No. 55 Mazda Prototype at the hands of Tristan Nunez slotted into the second position with a new best lap of 1:14.366.

After 23 minutes of running and with Negri still the only driver to turn a lap of 1:13, the session was red flagged when Mark Kvamme ran off into the gravel at Turn 10 in Starworks Motorsport’s No. 88 Oreca FLM09.

When green-flag running returned, John Pew had taken over for Negri in Michael Shank Racing’s machine while Johnny Mowlem, Frederic Makowiecki and Matt McMurry owned the fastest times in Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona, respectively.

Beyond driver changes throughout the 38-car field, no major movement came to the timesheet in the final portion of the one-hour outing.

Negri’s earlier lap ensured the No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda topped its second practice session of the day after Pla was the fastest driver on Thursday morning.

The second-fastest lap in the Prototype class was set by Joel Miller late in the session in Mazda Motorsports’ No. 70 car. Nunez’s earlier lap allowed both Mazdas to end the session in the top three ahead of Action Express Racing’s duo of Corvette DPs which completed the top five.

In PC, Johnny Mowlem’s best time of 1:16.707 marked the session’s fastest lap in the class. Below Mowlem’s time in the No. 20 BAR1 Motorsports entry, Jose Gutierrez and Kenton Koch completed the top three in the Nos. 52 and 38 cars, respectively.

After sitting atop the GTLM running order through much of the session, Makowiecki’s best lap in Porsche North America’s No. 912 entry was only good enough for sixth in the class by the time the checkers flew.

Topping GTLM instead was Daniel Serra with a late flier in the No. 68 Ferrari 488 GTE of Scuderia Corsa. Joey Hand turned the second-fastest lap among the GTLM field at 1:18.416 while Giancarlo Fisichella made it two Ferraris in the top three in Risi Competizione’s No. 62 machine.

The GTD class was paced by Jorg Bergmeister in the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Park Place Motorsports. Bergmeister’s fastest lap of 1:21.340 was enough to keep Jeroen Bleekemolen’s time of 1:21.496 in Riley Motorsports’ Dodge Viper GT3-R at bay.

The championship-leading No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 ended Practice 2 with the third-fastest lap in GTD.

A third practice session is set for 7:30–9 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

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