Simon Trummer reaches full speed in JDC-Miller LMP2 at Road America
An LMP2 car was fastest entering qualifying for the 2018 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. | Photo: Aaron Durant / The Apex

After Friday’s two sessions were topped by Daytona Prototype international cars, Saturday’s lone one-hour practice was paced by Simon Trummer in one of JDC-Miller Motorsports’ ORECA-built LMP2 cars.

Trummer’s 1:51.644 marks the fastest lap of the weekend and kept his yellow-liveried ORECA 07 atop the timesheet by a considerable 0.755 seconds over the Nissan Onroak DPi of Ryan Dalziel which ended the session second fastest.

The No. 77 Mazda RT24-P was third thanks to a quick time from Oliver Jarvis, backing up speed shown earlier in the weekend when the same car topped Practice 1.

Colin Braun and Jordan Taylor completed the top five in ORECA and Cadillac machinery, respectively, ahead of Filipe Albuquerque, Harry Tincknell, Juan Pablo Montoya, Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr who rounded out the top 10.

BMW Rises in GTLM

A 2:02.943 lap from Jesse Krohn in the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE represented the fastest GT Le Mans lap of the weekend and the mark to beat in Practice 3, although the gap between first and second was not as large as the difference in Prototype.

Corvette Racing’s No. 4 entry was second fastest at the hands of Tommy Milner but just 0.078 seconds off Krohn’s time. Earl Bamber in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR was a further 0.316 seconds back in third.

Connor De Phillippi and Antonio Garcia added second BMW and Corvette machines to the top five ahead of both Ford GTs and the second Porsche in the eight-car class.

Part-Time Park Place Porsche Paces GTD

Joerg Bergmeister turned a 2:06.427 during the Saturday morning outing to put Park Place Motorsports on top as it brought its Porsche 911 GT3 R back to the racetrack to continue its part-time season.

A second Porsche, fielded by Wright Motorsports and driven by Patrick Long, was second fastest and 0.046 seconds off Bergmeister’s pace. Jeroen Bleekemolen slotted in third with a fast lap in the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Riley Motorsports.

Park Place Porsche exits Turn 5 during Road America IMSA practice
Joerg Bergmeister led the way in GTD as qualifying day began at Road America. | Photo: Aaron Durant / The Apex

Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura NSX GT3 duo completed the top five with drivers Katherine Legge and Lawson Aschenbach. At the end of the hourlong session, just 0.496 seconds separated the group.

Dominik Baumann, Alessandro Pier Guidi, David Heinemeier Hansson, Madison Snow and Andy Lally put their names in positions six through 10 on the timesheet with Markus Palttala and Ozz Negri Jr. rounding out the 12-car class.

Next up for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is qualifying for each of the three classes, set to begin Saturday at 12:35 p.m. CDT.


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