IMSA Laguna Seca: Mazda moves to the top in FP2

Mazda’s Oliver Jarvis produced the fastest lap of second practice at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to claim top spot ahead of Dane Cameron’s Acura.

On the only practice day before the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Jarvis sent his Mazda RT24-P around the 2.238-mile course in just 1min15.692.

That was around 0.15sec faster than the best time of the morning session, and a similar margin over Cameron’s Acura Team Penske ARX-05 this afternoon.

In third was Jonathan Bomarito in the second Mazda, about 0.1sec quicker than the best of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs – the championship leading Wayne Taylor Racing entry of Ryan Briscoe.

Tristan Vautier’s JDC-Miller Caddy was a hair quicker than Action Express Racing’s best from Felipe Nasr, while Matheus Leist spun the second JDC car bringing out the session’s only red flag.

However, strangest incident was when Nasr came out of the pits into the path of Helio Castroneves, moved to driver right of the track to let his compatriot through and was then dragged off the track by the #7 Acura. Given how these two entries ended Petit Le Mans, it appears the rivalry isn’t over. It served only to hurt Acura Team Penske, its the title-contending entry that Castroneves shares with Ricky Taylor, did not complete a lap.

The #3 Corvette C8.R remained fastest of the GT Le Mans field, Jordan Taylor lapping three-tenths faster than Connor De Phillippi in the #25 BMW M8.

Nick Tandy was third for Porsche, almost four-tenths back.

Robby Foley proved his teammate Bill Auberlen’s pace in this morning’s session was no fluke, as he again kept Turner Motorsports’ BMW M6 over half a tenth clear of the opposition, which was led by Spencer Pumpelly’s Audi R8.

Aaron Telitz (AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC F) and Matt McMurry (Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX) were next up ahead of their respective teammates.

Qualifying gets underway tomorrow at 8.30am local/11.30am ET, with the race to follow at 1.05pm local/4.05pm ET.

ClaNumDriverClassChassisLapsTimeGap
177 Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez
DPiMazda DPi251’15.692 
26 Juan Pablo Montoya
Dane Cameron
DPiAcura DPi251’15.8770.185
355 Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell
DPiMazda DPi271’16.0370.345
410 Renger van der Zande
Ryan Briscoe
DPiCadillac DPi271’16.1420.450
55 Sébastien Bourdais
Tristan Vautier
DPiCadillac DPi321’16.4960.804
631 Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani
DPiCadillac DPi221’16.5090.817
785 Matheus Leist
Stephen Simpson
DPiCadillac DPi221’16.9141.222
83 Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor
GTLMCorvette C8.R331’22.2796.587
925 Bruno Spengler
Connor de Phillippi
GTLMBMW M8 GTE271’22.5836.891
10911 Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR – 19311’22.9637.271
1124 Jesse Krohn
John Edwards
GTLMBMW M8 GTE301’23.2287.536
124 Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
GTLMCorvette C8.R311’23.4017.709
13912 Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR – 19321’23.5307.838
1496 Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
GTDBMW M6 GT3311’24.8069.114
1530 Rob Ferriol
Spencer Pumpelly
GTDAudi R8 LMS GT3311’25.3889.696
1614 Jack Hawksworth
Aaron Telitz
GTDLexus RC F GT3241’25.4449.752
1786 Mario Farnbacher
Matt McMurry
GTDAcura NSX GT3271’25.6429.950
1812 Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell
GTDLexus RC F GT3281’25.6429.950
1957 Alvaro Parente
Mikhail Goikhberg
GTDAcura NSX GT3281’25.70110.009
2063 Cooper MacNeil
Alessandro Balzan
GTDFerrari 488 GT3251’25.74310.051
2123 Ian James
Roman De Angelis
GTDAston Martin Vantage GT3291’25.89410.202
2276Jeff Kingsley
Paul Holton
GTDMcLaren 720S GT3331’26.27210.580
2316 Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long
GTDPorsche 911 GT3 R311’26.33910.647
2422 Till Bechtolsheimer
Marc Miller
GTDAcura NSX GT3231’26.71511.023
2574 Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach
GTDMercedes-AMG GT3271’26.92211.230
2644 Andy Lally
John Potter
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT3281’27.25211.560
277 Helio Castroneves
Ricky Taylor
DPiAcura DPi3  
2852 Patrick Kelly
Simon Trummer
LMP2ORECA LMP2 070  
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