Sunday, December 16, 2018

Taylor Tops Final Roar Session


After leading the way in Session 3 on Saturday morning, Jordan Taylor put Wayne Taylor Racing and the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R atop the timesheet for its second time of the weekend in the final session of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test.

Taylor’s 1:36.757, despite being nearly a full second slower than Felipe Nasr’s new circuit-best lap from qualifying a few hours earlier, was 0.357 seconds quicker than Session 7’s second-fastest lap, set by Nasr’s co-driver Mike Conway in the No. 31 Cadillac of Action Express Racing.

The fastest Prototype car in all seven sessions of the weekend was a Cadillac. The four cars from the Detroit-based manufacturer swept the top four spots in three of the seven sessions. Only once (Session 2) was a Cadillac alone atop the timesheet.

Antonio Felix da Costa was the fastest driver of an LMP2 car in the weekend’s concluding session, with his 1:37.442 allowing Jackie Chan DC Racing to feature in the top three before the Roar ended with its No. 78 ORECA 07.

Pato O’Ward and Olivier Pla had the fourth- and fifth-fastest times of Session 7 for Performance Tech Motorsports and Tequila Patron ESM, respectively.

Porsche Ends Roar With Sweep

The Nos. 912 and 911 Porsche 911 RSR cars from the Porsche GT Team managed to exit the Roar with the top two quickest laps in GT Le Mans in the final session.

Laurens Vanthoor led the way in the No. 912 with a 1:44.550. Nick Tandy was a mere 0.058 seconds behind on his best lap.

The fastest revolutions of the circuit by Jan Magnussen and Tommy Milner in the Nos. 3 and 4 Corvette C7.Rs allowed Corvette Racing to occupy third and fourth on the timesheet behind the Porsche duo. Alessandro Pier Guidi completed the top five in the Ferrari 488 GTE of Risi Competizion.

In the process of putting Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 66 Ford GT atop the GTLM timesheet in Session 6 on Sunday morning before qualifying, Joey Hand set what would be the fastest non-qualifying lap of the day within the class. His time in the morning of 1:44.132 was considerably quicker than the Porsches’ pace in the weekend-ending Session 7. In both other classes, the fastest non-qualifying times came in Session 7 rather than the morning outing.

GRT Fastest Again in GTD

Grasser Racing Team made a bold statement with its pace throughout the Roar weekend and showed no interest in backing off in the seventh and final outing of the weekend.

Both of GRT’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3s landed in the top three of the GT Daytona running order in Session 7. Ezequiel Perez Companc and Franck Perera of the Nos. 19 and 11 Lamborghinis were split only by AJ Allmendinger’s fastest lap in the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3.

AJ Allmendinger in Michael Shank Acura during 2018 Roar Before Rolex 24
AJ Allmendinger was the second-fastest GTD driver in Session 7 at the Roar. | Photo: Michael Shank Racing

Perez Companc, the session’s fastest driver, led a GTD top five that included three manufacturers and was covered by just 0.159 seconds.

With the mandatory Roar test in the books, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will appear next on Jan. 25, 2018 for the first day of the Rolex 24 at Daytona race weekend. The 24-hour race itself will run on Jan. 27–28.

Aaron Durant
Aaron Durant
Aaron Durant leads The Apex as its editor-in-chief. When not bringing his racing journalism vision to life at The Apex, Durant enjoys snowboarding, playing the drums, reading and trudging through an endless queue of podcasts.


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