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TUSCC: Circuit of the Americas, Free Practice 3 Report

Alex Brundle was once again the quickest driver in the final, hour-long practice session leading up to Tudor Championship qualifying.

A native of King’s Lynn, U.K., whose father, F1-driver-turned-commentator Martin Brundle, should quite possibly be called “the father of Alex Brundle” instead of the other way around, set a 1:59.701, just a shade off his morning’s best.

Brundle lead a pair of Corvette DP’s in the #90 Spirit of Daytona entry, recovering after front end damage in the morning session, and the #5 Action Express Racing car in third. Spirit of Daytona driver Richard Westbrook was able to narrow the gap to the leading Brundle as the GM factory driver managed a 2:00.218, only .517 seconds off the lead.

It was an RSR 1-2 in PC, with Jack Hawksworth pacing the field in the #08 ORECA FLM09, setting a 2:01.304. His Brazilian teammate, Bruno Junqueira, placed a close second. The #25 8Star Motorsports entry of Luis Diaz and Sean Rayhall rounded out the top three with a 2:01.465.

Porsche North America continued to dominate the GTLM division, taking honors in three out of the three practice sessions. The #910 Porsche 911 RSR, a one-off entry with two French pilots in Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki, continued (slightly alarmingly!) to blitz its full-season teammates. Pilet’s 2:03.626 was good enough to lead the second-placed #912 sister car of Patrick Long and Michael Christensen by .474 seconds, while the #911 entry went fourth with Jörg Bergmeister and Nick Tandy behind the wheel. As with practice 2, a sole interloper split up a potential Porsche top three lockout: the #93 Dodge Viper SRT of Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito.

In GTD, it was the #33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT of Jeroen Bleekemolen that went quickest, setting a 2:09.440. Trailing the lead by .185 seconds, the #23 Team Seattle/AJR Porsche 911 GT America took second with Mario Farnbacher at the wheel. Kuba Giermaziak pedaled his #30 NGT Motorsports Porsche to third.

Beck Duggleby