VIR IMSA: Vanthoor beats Tandy in all-Porsche FP3 duel

Laurens Vanthoor was fastest in the final practice session for this weekend’s GT-only round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Virginia International Raceway.

After overnight thunderstorms, the track was wet for the start of this hour-long third practice session of the weekend on Saturday morning. Proving how tricky conditions were, the Corvette of Jan Magnussen went off at Turn 15 on his out lap.

Nick Tandy set the pace by over a second early on in the #911 Porsche 911 RSR, before returning to the pits with the front end of his car coated in grass. Vanthoor then bested him by three tenths on 2m00.631s before the rain intensified once again.

Tandy went out for more runs, but failed to improve on any of them and suffered a couple more grassy offs, as did Vanthoor.

Joey Hand was third quickest in the first of the Ganassi-run Ford GTs, six tenths off the pace but almost a second clear of Connor de Phillippi’s RLL-run BMW M8 GTE. Magnussen recovered to set the fifth-fastest time, ahead of the BMW of John Edwards, who went off at Turn 4.

Oliver Gavin was seventh in the second Chevy, with Ryan Briscoe rounding out of GTLM class, having suffered an off at Turn 14.

#33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, GTD: Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen

Photo by: Scott R LePage / LAT Images

In GT Daytona, Jeroen Bleekemolen was one of the few to improve in the closing stages of the session in his #33 Riley Motorsports-run Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Andy Lally had set the pace for the majority of the session in his #44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 – bouncing back from a troubled Friday which ended prematurely when he went off at the final corner. After teammate John Potter took over today, he had an off of his own at the same turn.

Richard Heistand was third fastest in class in his AIM-Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F.

Sunday’s weather forecast predicts a mainly dry event.

Session results:

1912 Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR2’00.631 
2911 Patrick Pilet
Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR2’00.9380.307
366 Joey Hand
Dirk Muller
Ford GT2’01.2620.631
425 Tom Blomqvist
Connor de Phillippi
BMW M8 GTE2’02.2581.627
53 Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia
Corvette C7.R2’02.4681.837
624 Jesse Krohn
John Edwards
BMW M8 GTE2’02.6191.988
74 Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Corvette C7.R2’02.6602.029
867 Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
Ford GT2’03.1972.566
933 Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen
Mercedes-AMG GT32’03.5442.913
1044 John Potter
Andy Lally
Lamborghini Huracan GT32’03.7843.153
1114 Richard Heistand
Jack Hawksworth
Lexus RC F GT32’04.7324.101
1263 Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GT32’04.9684.337
1348 Bryan Sellers
Corey Lewis
Lamborghini Huracan GT32’05.0574.426
1496 Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
BMW M6 GT32’05.5844.953
159 Scott Hargrove
Zacharie Robichon
Porsche 911 GT3 R2’06.2355.604
1612 Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell
Lexus RC F GT32’06.2515.620
1776 Paul Holton
Matt Plumb
McLaren 720S GT32’06.5835.952
1857 Katherine Legge
Alice Powell
Acura NSX GT32’07.2416.610
1986 Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman
Acura NSX GT32’08.0057.374
2074 Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach

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