VIR IMSA: Vanthoor tops first practice for Porsche

Charles Bradley
Motorsport

The session was run in hot and dry conditions, but rain is predicted for this afternoon’s session.

The #912 Porsche had a grassy off in Vanthoor’s hands after a handful of laps. After a pitstop to clean it up he lapped in 1m41.529s, which he soon lowered to 1m41.296s to top the times.

“My first run felt pretty good, but obviously we still have a lot more homework to do,” said Vanthoor.

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Nick Tandy made it a Porsche 1-2 in the sister #911 car, while the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs of Ryan Briscoe and Dirk Muller were third and fourth respectively, ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs of Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin.

The BMW M8s of John Edwards and Connor de Phillippi rounded out the GTLM runners.

In GT Daytona, the order was much more dynamic and top spot changed hands a number of times.

Jeroen Bleekemolen set the fastest time in his Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG-GT3, a tenth clear of Patrick Long’s Park Place Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R.

There was trouble for the points-leading #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3, which failed to join the session at the green light due to a technical issue. Once remedied, Mario Farnbacher lapped only ninth-fastest.

Session results:

1

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor

Belgium
Belgium

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR

1'41.296

2

911

France
France

Patrick Pilet
Nick Tandy

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR

1'41.435

0.139

3

67

Australia
Australia

Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTLM

Ford GT

1'41.478

0.182

4

66

United States
United States

Joey Hand
Dirk Muller

Germany
Germany

GTLM

Ford GT

1'41.626

0.330

5

3

Denmark
Denmark

Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia

Spain
Spain

GTLM

Corvette C7.R

1'41.662

0.366

6

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner

United States
United States

GTLM

Corvette C7.R

1'41.878

0.582

7

24

Finland
Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards

United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'42.232

0.936

8

25

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tom Blomqvist
Connor de Phillippi

United States
United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

1'43.019

1.723

9

33

United States
United States

Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen

Netherlands
Netherlands

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

1'44.336

3.040

10

73

United States
United States

Patrick Lindsey
Patrick Long

United States
United States

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

1'44.677

3.381

11

44

United States
United States

John Potter
Andy Lally

United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

1'44.733

3.437

12

14

United States
United States

Richard Heistand
Jack Hawksworth

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'44.778

3.482

13

63

United States
United States

Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander

Finland
Finland

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

1'44.835

3.539

14

48

United States
United States

Bryan Sellers
Corey Lewis

United States
United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

1'44.961

3.665

15

96

United States
United States

Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley

United States
United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

1'45.123

3.827

16

76

United States
United States

Paul Holton
Matt Plumb

United States
United States

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

1'45.280

3.984

17

86

Germany
Germany

Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman

United States
United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'45.305

4.009

18

74

United States
United States

Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach

United States
United States

GTD

Mercedes-AMG

1'45.370

4.074

19

57

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Katherine Legge
Alice Powell

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

1'45.486

4.190

20

12

United States
United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell

United States
United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

1'45.741

4.445

21

9

Canada
Canada

Scott Hargrove
Zacharie Robichon

Canada
Canada

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

1'45.789

4.493

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