Thursday, November 15, 2018

Braun Extends CTMP Speed to Saturday

A clean sweep of Friday’s practice sessions for Colin Braun at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was turned into a perfect start to the weekend entering Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix qualifying as the Texan returned CORE autosport’s LMP2 car to the top of the running order.

On the 29th of 33 total laps turned by CORE’s ORECA 07 during the hourlong Saturday morning outing, Braun lapped the 2.459-mile circuit at 1:06.902. As an improvement of two-tenths of a second over his fastest time from Friday, that lap placed Braun a considerable 0.314 seconds clear of Dane Cameron, the top DPi driver in the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 of Team Penske.

The fastest DPi offerings from Cadillac and Mazda followed the quick times from Braun and Cameron, with Felipe Nasr placing third in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. Harry Tincknell, 0.712 seconds back from Braun, was fourth.

Filipe Albuquerque rounded out the top five in the second Cadillac DPi from Action Express while the lone Nissan Onroak DPi in the field, one of JDC-Miller Motorsports’ ORECAs, the second Mazda and Acura entries as well as Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac comprised the second half of the top 10.

Porsches Return to Top in GTLM

Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor created the second Porsche GT Team 1-2 of the CTMP weekend in GT Le Mans, though the Nos. 911 and 912 Porsche 911 RSRs traded positions from when they first executed the feat in Practice 1.

Similar to Braun in Prototype, Tandy’s class-topping lap was faster than Friday’s pace and allowed him to edge out Vanthoor in the No. 912 by 0.087 seconds.

Jan Magnussen was the third-fastest GTLM driver to land the No. 3 Corvette Racing entry third while Ryan Briscoe and Oliver Gavin completed the top five in the No. 67 Ford GT and the second Corvette C7.R, respectively.

3GT Clears GTD Field in Practice 3

Michigan-based 3GT Racing began qualifying day at CTMP atop the GT Daytona field thanks to fast laps from Jack Hawksworth and Dominik Baumann.

At 1:15.546, Hawksworth found the top of the class running order in the team’s No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 and gapped Baumann’s best effort around the Canadian road course by more than half a second.

A further 0.223 seconds back was Wolf Henzler’s fastest lap in Wright Motorsports’ No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3 R with Bill Auberlen and Bryan Sellers fractions of a second off Henzler’s pace to round out the top five.

Notably, Meyer Shank Racing’s Nos. 93 and 86 Acura NSX GT3s were mired to the bottom of the GTD results, 1.379 and 1.617 seconds of Hawksworth’s top time, respectively.

Qualifying is next for the trio of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classes. The GTD grid will be set first with a 15-minute session beginning at 12:20 p.m. EDT Saturday.

Aaron Durant
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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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