Daytona 24 Hours: Kobayashi tops final practice in WTR Cadillac

Charles Bradley
Autosport
Kobayashi tops final Daytona practice session
Kobayashi tops final Daytona practice session

Wayne Taylor Racing's ex-Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi dominated the final IMSA SportsCar Championship practice session before the Daytona 24 Hours.

Kobayashi rattled off a series of strong laps in the #10 Cadillac, ending with a 1m35.340s before he pitted.

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Helio Castroneves was second fastest in the #7 Pekse Acura that Ricky Taylor crashed at the Bus Stop in Thursday's qualifying session, working down to within four tenths of the fastest time.

Sebastien Bourdais was third fastest in the #5 JDC Miller MotorSports Cadillac, ahead of Mike Conway in the similar #31 Action Express Racing entry.

Nicolas Lapierre set the pace in LMP2 for Tower Motorsport by Starworks, his ORECA lapping eighth fastest overall.

Although this session is primarily for teams to make final preparations ahead of the 24 Hours, there were two red flags for incidents.

The first stoppage was for the #47 Precision Performance Lamborghini of Mark Kvamme spinning at the Bus Stop, which caused some anxious avoidances as he came to a halt in the middle of the track.

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The second red flag, which ended the session prematurely, was for the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA LMP2 machine.

Don Yount spun the car, which ended up on its side on the inside of Turn 6. He scrambled out unhurt.

In the GTLM class, the new Chevrolet C8.R set a searing pace in Antonio Garcia's hands. He lapped in 1m42.962s, seven tenths clear of Nick Tandy's #911 Porsche.

Laurens Vanthoor was next up in the sister Porsche, ahead of Bruno Spengler's BMW M8.

Former Toyota F1 tester Franck Perera topped GTD in the #11 GRT Grasser Lamborghini Huracan, ahead of the #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 of Toni Vilander.

Final practice times

Pos

Class

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

DPi

R.van der Zande, R.Briscoe, S.Dixon, K.Kobayashi

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

Cadillac

1m35.340s

-

2

DPi

R.Taylor, H.Castroneves, A.Rossi

Acura Team Penske

Acura

1m35.733s

0.393s

3

DPi

S.Bourdais, L.Duval, J.Barbosa

JDC-Mustang Sampling Racing

Cadillac

1m36.031s

0.691s

4

DPi

M.Conway, P.Derani, F.Albuquerque, F.Nasr

Whelen Engineering Racing

Cadillac

1m36.668s

1.328s

5

DPi

J.Piedrahita, M.Leist, C.Miller, T.Vautier

JDC-Miller Motorsports

Cadillac

1m36.940s

1.600s

6

DPi

O.Jarvis, T.Nunez, O.Pla

Mazda Team Joest

Mazda

1m37.076s

1.736s

7

DPi

J.Bomarito, H.Tincknell, R.H.-Reay

Mazda Team Joest

Mazda

1m37.152s

1.812s

8

LMP2

R.Dalziel, D.H.Hansson, J.Farano, N.Lapierre

Tower Motorsport by Starworks

ORECA/Gibson

1m37.230s

1.890s

9

LMP2

B.Keating, S.Trummer, N.Boulle, G.Aubry

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports

ORECA/Gibson

1m37.249s

1.909s

10

DPi

D.Cameron, S.Pagenaud, J.P.Montoya

Acura Team Penske

Acura

1m37.276s

1.936s

11

LMP2

B.Hanley, H.Hedman, C.Braun, H.Newey

DragonSpeed

ORECA/Gibson

1m38.283s

2.943s

12

LMP2

C.Cassels, R.Masson, K.Masson, D.Yount

Performance Tech Motorsports

ORECA/Gibson

1m40.847s

5.507s

13

GTLM

A.Garcia, J.Taylor, N.Catsburg

Corvette Racing

Chevrolet

1m42.962s

7.622s

14

GTLM

M.Campbell, N.Tandy, F.Makowiecki

Porsche GT Team

Porsche

1m43.629s

8.289s

15

GTLM

L.Vanthoor, E.Bamber, M.Jaminet

Porsche GT Team

Porsche

1m43.756s

8.416s

16

GTLM

C.De Phillippi, P.Eng, B.Spengler, C.Herta

BMW Team RLL

BMW

1m44.348s

9.008s

17

GTLM

O.Gavin, T.Milner, M.Fassler

Corvette Racing

Chevrolet

1m44.558s

9.218s

18

GTLM

J.M.Edwards, A.Farfus, C.Mostert, J.Krohn

BMW Team RLL

BMW

1m44.737s

9.397s

19

GTLM

J.Calado, A.P.Guidi, D.Serra, D.Rigon

Risi Competizione

Ferrari

1m44.803s

9.463s

20

GTD

R.Heistand, S.Schothorst, F.Perera, A.Costa

GRT Grasser Racing Team

Lamborghini

1m46.308s

10.968s

21

GTD

C.MacNeil, T.Vilander, J.Westphal, A.Balzan

Scuderia Corsa

Ferrari

1m46.430s

11.090s

22

GTD

T.Pappas, J.Bleekemolen, S.Muller, T.Estep

Black Swan Racing

Porsche

1m46.467s

11.127s

23

GTD

M.Bortolotti, R.Ineichen, D.Morad, D.Vanthoor

WRT Speedstar Audi Sport

Audi

1m46.889s

11.549s

24

GTD

M.Snow, B.Sellers, C.Lewis, A.Caldarelli

Paul Miller Racing

Lamborghini

1m47.094s

11.754s

25

GTD

J.Potter, A.Lally, S.Pumpelly, M.Mapelli

GRT Magnus Racing Team

Lamborghini

1m47.293s

11.953s

26

GTD

P.Chase, J.Hawksworth, M.De Quesada, K.Busch

AIM Vasser Sullivan

Lexus

1m47.310s

11.970s

27

GTD

R.Foley, J.Klingmann, B.Auberlen, D.Machavern

Turner Motorsport

BMW

1m47.320s

11.980s

28

GTD

C.Nielsen, K.Legge, T.Calderon, R.Frey

GEAR Racing powered by GRT Grasser

Lamborghini

1m47.337s

11.997s

29

GTD

I.James, N.Thiim, R.De Angelis, A.Riberas

Heart of Racing Team

Aston Martin

1m47.519s

12.179s

30

GTD

B.Gdovic, E.Lux, M.Kvamme, J.Hoggard

Precision Performance Motorsports

Lamborghini

1m47.647s

12.307s

31

GTD

F.Montecalvo, S.Gisbergen, A.Telitz, T.Bell

AIM Vasser Sullivan

Lexus

1m47.722s

12.382s

32

GTD

R.Hardwick, P.Long, A.Imperato, K.Bachler

Wright Motorsports

Porsche

1m47.799s

12.459s

33

GTD

L.Aschenbach, B.Keating, G.Robinson, F.Fraga

Riley Motorsports

Mercedes

1m47.995s

12.655s

34

GTD

P.Lamy, R.Gunn, M.Lauda, A.Watson

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin

1m49.227s

13.887s

35

GTD

D.Olsen, Z.Robichon, L.Kern, P.Pilet

Pfaff Motorsports

Porsche

-

-

36

LMP2

K.Tilley, D.Merriman, R.Lewis, N.Minassian

Era Motorsports

ORECA/Gibson

-

-

37

GTD

A.Parente, M.Goikhberg, T.Hindman, A.Allmendinger

Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing

Acura

-

-

38

GTD

M.Farnbacher, M.McMurry, S.Michimi, J.Gounon

Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian

Acura

-

-


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