Laguna Seca IMSA: Taylor heads Acura 1-2 in FP3

Jamie Klein

Taylor laid down a benchmark of 1m15.497s early on in the one-hour Saturday morning session, but the #7 Acura caused a red flag when Helio Castroneves beached the pace-setting ARX-05 in the gravel at the top of the Corkscrew.

Castroneves avoided picking up any significant damage, though, and the car was back out for the final part of the session, as championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya made a late jump up to second in the sister #6 machine with a 1m15.857s effort.

Best of the rest was the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, which has been boosted by Balance of Performance adjustments for this round, with Renger van der Zande ending up 0.538s off the pace in third.

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Oliver Jarvis's early benchmark behind the wheel of the #77 Mazda RT24-P was enough for fourth in the end, ahead of the #5 Action Express Racing Cadillac of Filipe Albuquerque and the second of the Joest-run Mazdas, the #55 car of Harry Tincknell.

The title-contending #31 AXR Cadillac ended up down in ninth, with ex-Formula 1 racer Felipe Nasr's best effort putting that car 1.104s off the pace.

Kyle Masson's time of 1m18.251s was enough to put Performance Tech ahead of sole LMP2 rival PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports.

Ford set the pace in GT Le Mans with Richard Westbrook setting a 1m22.034s in the #67 car, 0.230s ahead of Tom Blomqvist's best effort in the #24 BMW M8 GTE.

Dirk Muller made it two Fords inside the top three in the #66 GT, ahead of Oliver Gavin in the quicker of the Corvette C7.Rs, while both Porsche 911 RSRs ended up propping up the class order in seventh and eighth places.

Turner Motorsports set the pace in GT Daytona courtesy of Robby Foley's 1m24.523s effort in the #96 BMW M6 GT3, a little under two tenths clear of Corey Lewis in the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

Andy Lally was third-fastest in Magnus Racing's Lambo ahead of the points-leading Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 of Trent Hindman.

Session results:

1

7

United States
United States

Ricky Taylor
Helio Castroneves

Brazil
Brazil

DPi

Acura DPi

1'15.497

2

6

United States
United States

Dane Cameron
Juan Pablo Montoya

Colombia
Colombia

DPi

Acura DPi

1'15.857

0.360

3

10

Netherlands
Netherlands

Renger van der Zande
Jordan Taylor

United States
United States

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'16.035

0.538

4

77

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez

United States
United States

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'16.088

0.591

5

5

Portugal
Portugal

Joao Barbosa
Filipe Albuquerque

Portugal
Portugal

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'16.194

0.697

6

55

United States
United States

Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'16.296

0.799

7

85

Canada
Canada

Mikhail Goikhberg
Tristan Vautier

France
France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'16.311

0.814

8

54

United States
United States

Jon Bennett
Colin Braun

United States
United States

DPi

Nissan DPi

1'16.460

0.963

9

31

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani

Brazil
Brazil

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'16.601

1.104

10

84

Switzerland
Switzerland

Simon Trummer
Stephen Simpson

South Africa
South Africa

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'16.978

1.481

11

38

Canada
Canada

Cameron Cassels
Kyle Masson

United States
United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2

1'18.251

2.754

12

52

United States
United States

Matt McMurry
Dalton Kellett

Canada
Canada

LMP2

ORECA LMP2

1'19.085

3.588

13

67

Australia
Australia

Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

Ford GT

1'22.034

6.537

14

25

United States
United States

Connor de Phillippi
Tom Blomqvist

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'22.264

6.767

15

66

United States
United States

Joey Hand
Dirk Muller

Germany
Germany

GTLM

Ford GT

1'22.518

7.021

16

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner

United States
United States

GTLM

Corvette C7.R

1'22.567

7.070

17

3

Denmark
Denmark

Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia

Spain
Spain

GTLM

Corvette C7.R

1'22.635

7.138

18

24

Finland
Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards

United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'22.729

7.232

19

911

France
France

Patrick Pilet
Nick Tandy

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR

1'22.839

7.342

20

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor

Belgium
Belgium

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR

1'23.058

7.561

21

96

United States
United States

Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley

United States
United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

1'24.523

9.026

22

48

United States
United States

Bryan Sellers
Corey Lewis

United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

1'24.720

9.223

23

44

United States
United States

John Potter
Andy Lally

United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

1'24.960

9.463

24

86

Germany
Germany

Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman

United States
United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'25.061

9.564

25

33

United States
United States

Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen

Netherlands
Netherlands

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

1'25.070

9.573

26

12

United States
United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell

United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'25.127

9.630

27

9

Canada
Canada

Scott Hargrove
Zacharie Robichon

Canada
Canada

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

1'25.159

9.662

28

63

United States
United States

Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander

Finland
Finland

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

1'25.210

9.713

29

14

United States
United States

Richard Heistand
Jack Hawksworth

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'25.285

9.788

30

76

United States
United States

Paul Holton
Matt Plumb

United States
United States

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

1'25.344

9.847

31

57

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Katherine Legge
Christina Nielsen

Denmark
Denmark

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'25.434

9.937

32

73

United States
United States

Patrick Lindsey
Patrick Long

United States
United States

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

0.000

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