Even though the Friday afternoon practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was cut short due to necessary track repairs, CORE autosport’s Colin Braun used the 32 minutes of available track time to put himself back where he was in the weekend’s first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice: the top of the timesheet.
Braun, driving the only Ligier Nissan DPi in the field, turned a 1:05.875 and improved upon his Practice 1 effort by a scant 0.001 seconds. The quick lap ensured he remained atop Friday’s practice times but the gap between fastest and second fastest shrank considerably.
While it was the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P that placed second in Practice 1 with a lap time 0.4 seconds slower than Braun’s, Dane Cameron delivered the second-fastest Practice 2 lap for Team Penske in the No. 6 Acura ARX-05. Cameron’s best effort was 0.024 seconds off Braun’s pace.
Ricky Taylor added a second Acura to the top five with the third-fastest lap and Felipe Nasr ensured Cadillac was represented with a time that ranked the No. 31 Action Express Racing machine fourth fastest.
Jonathan Bomarito, part of Mazda Team Joest’s winning Watkins Glen team, placed fifth in the Mazda he shares with Harry Tincknell.
McMurry Finds Speed in LMP2
Consistency was not in the cards for LMP2 which saw Matt McMurry rise to the top in PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ ORECA 07.
Kyle Masson, who topped McMurry in Practice 1 by more than a half second, came up 0.228 seconds short in the day’s second session. Both times slotted in between the faster DPi cars and the slower GT classes.
Corvette Answers Porsche With GTLM 1-2
Far from intimidated by the Porsche GT Team’s Practice 1 performance, Corvette Racing ended the day’s second session with its pair of Corvette C7.Rs at the top of timing and scoring.
The No. 3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen ended the session with a 1:14.218 and had a comparatively large 0.504-second advantage over teammate Marcel Fassler in the sister No. 4 machine.
Behind Fassler, the No. 67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook was only 0.014 seconds back. BMW Team RLL’s pair of BMW M8 GTEs completed the class’ top five. All eight cars were within 1.314 seconds of each other with Joey Hand the slowest of the group.
Auberlen Tops GTD for Turner
A runner-up finish at Watkins Glen demonstrated the strength of Turner Motorsport’s BMW M6 GT3 and IMSA veteran Bill Auberlen demonstrated it once again, topping the GT Daytona Practice 2 timesheet after co-driver Robby Foley placed seventh in the first practice session.
Aubelen’s 1:16.859 lap marked the best of the day in GTD, besting Jeroen Bleekemolen’s fastest lap in morning practice by 0.026 seconds.
Andy Lally repeated his performance from the earlier session with the second-fastest time in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 he shares with John Potter. Richard Heistand, Bleekemolen and Patrick Lindsey added Lexus, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche cars to the top five, making it five different manufacturers in the group.
The series will return to the 2.459-mile Bowmanville, Ontario circuit Saturday for Practice 3 at 8 a.m. EDT. Silver-and Bronze-rated GTD drivers will kick off qualifying at 11:35 a.m. followed by GTLM at noon and combined DPi and LMP2 at 12:25 p.m.