Laguna Seca IMSA: Montoya edges Derani in second practice

David Malsher
Motorsport

Acura Team Penske’s Montoya set a best lap of 1min16.003sec around the 2.258-mile course to nudge past Derani, while morning pacesetter Oliver Jarvis was 0.4sec down in the best of the Mazda RT24-Ps.

Joao Barbosa (AXR) and Stephen Simpson (JDC-Miller) made it three Cadillacs in the top five, narrowly eclipsing Helio Castroneves’ best effort in the second Acura.

Colin Braun’s best effort in the Nissan DPi of CORE autosport was enough to remain within a second of pacesetter Montoya and also nip ahead of Jordan Taylor’s best in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

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The LMP2 two-car battle saw Kyle Masson’s Performance Tech Motorsport Oreca outpace the similar machine of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ Dalton Kellett by 0.45sec.

Corvette Racing, still seeking its 100th IMSA win and its first of 2019, topped the times in GT Le Mans, with the #3 of championship aspirants (and defending champions) Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen heading teammate Oliver Gavin by barely more than a tenth of a second.

Third was the Porsche 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet, almost four-tenths slower but well ahead of Dirk Muller in the faster of the two Ford GTs, while Earl Bamber's Porsche, the two BMWs and Ryan Briscoe's Ford closed out the eight-car class.

The Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Bryan Sellers again led the GT Daytona ranks, but he had less than one tenth of a second margin over Matt Plumb’s Compass Racing McLaren 720S GT3 – while Andy Lally’s Magnus Racing Lambo was even closer behind.

Toni Vilander in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 was fourth, but Ben Keating’s best effort in the Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 was restricted to sixth by Mario Farnbacher, who got the title-contending Acura NSX GT3 of Meyer Shank Racing into fifth.

Third practice begins at 8:45am local (Pacific) time on Saturday.

Session results:

1

6

United States
United States

Dane Cameron
Juan Pablo Montoya

Colombia
Colombia

DPi

Acura DPi

1'16.003

2

31

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani

Brazil
Brazil

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'16.081

0.078

3

77

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez

United States
United States

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'16.421

0.418

4

5

Portugal
Portugal

Joao Barbosa
Filipe Albuquerque

Portugal
Portugal

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'16.850

0.847

5

84

Switzerland
Switzerland

Simon Trummer
Stephen Simpson

South Africa
South Africa

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'16.871

0.868

6

7

United States
United States

Ricky Taylor
Helio Castroneves

Brazil
Brazil

DPi

Acura DPi

1'16.907

0.904

7

54

United States
United States

Jon Bennett
Colin Braun

United States
United States

DPi

Nissan DPi

1'16.929

0.926

8

10

Netherlands
Netherlands

Renger van der Zande
Jordan Taylor

United States
United States

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'17.013

1.010

9

85

Canada
Canada

Mikhail Goikhberg
Tristan Vautier

France
France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'17.176

1.173

10

55

United States
United States

Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'17.262

1.259

11

38

Canada
Canada

Cameron Cassels
Kyle Masson

United States
United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2

1'18.208

2.205

12

52

United States
United States

Matt McMurry
Dalton Kellett

Canada
Canada

LMP2

ORECA LMP2

1'18.687

2.684

13

3

Denmark
Denmark

Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia

Spain
Spain

GTLM

Corvette C7.R

1'22.833

6.830

14

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner

United States
United States

GTLM

Corvette C7.R

1'22.963

6.960

15

911

France
France

Patrick Pilet
Nick Tandy

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR

1'23.351

7.348

16

66

United States
United States

Joey Hand
Dirk Muller

Germany
Germany

GTLM

Ford GT

1'23.730

7.727

17

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor

Belgium
Belgium

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR

1'23.737

7.734

18

25

United States
United States

Connor de Phillippi
Tom Blomqvist

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'23.907

7.904

19

24

Finland
Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards

United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'24.124

8.121

20

67

Australia
Australia

Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

Ford GT

1'24.201

8.198

21

48

United States
United States

Bryan Sellers
Corey Lewis

United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

1'25.246

9.243

22

76

United States
United States

Paul Holton
Matt Plumb

United States
United States

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

1'25.323

9.320

23

44

United States
United States

John Potter
Andy Lally

United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

1'25.395

9.392

24

63

United States
United States

Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander

Finland
Finland

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

1'25.578

9.575

25

86

Germany
Germany

Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman

United States
United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'25.622

9.619

26

33

United States
United States

Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen

Netherlands
Netherlands

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

1'25.726

9.723

27

73

United States
United States

Patrick Lindsey
Patrick Long

United States
United States

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

1'25.773

9.770

28

96

United States
United States

Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley

United States
United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

1'25.863

9.860

29

57

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Katherine Legge
Christina Nielsen

Denmark
Denmark

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'25.943

9.940

30

9

Canada
Canada

Scott Hargrove
Zacharie Robichon

Canada
Canada

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

1'26.521

10.518

31

12

United States
United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell

United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'26.884

10.881

32

14

United States
United States

Richard Heistand
Jack Hawksworth

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'27.223

11.220

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