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Action Express Quickest In Daytona Pre-Season Test

Cadillac manages record-setting pace in first IMSA-sanctioned test appearance

Dane Cameron managed the fastest time of the two-day IMSA pre-season test at Daytona on the second day of action in the #31 Action Express racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cameron’s best time was a 1:37.797, 0.359 ahead of the team’s sister #5 Caddy of Joao Barbosa, who also set his best time on Wednesday.

The 1:37.797 reeled off by Cameron was significant; half a second quicker than the current Daytona Prototype/LMP2 qualifying record. The #31 Cadillac managed just 84 laps over the four sessions after electrical issues interrupted its running on Day 1.

The most laps completed in the Prototype class was 155 by the #5 Action Express Cadillac which saw Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi share driving duties alongside Barbosa.

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Third fastest overall was the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac of Ricky Taylor, making it a 1-2-3 for the new car in its public testing debut.

The quickest non-Cadillac in the five-car strong Prototype field present at the test was the #55 Mazda Motorsports DPi of Tristan Nunez. Nunez’s best time came in the final session on Day 2 and was 1.8 seconds off Cameron’s quickest tour.

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Fifth was the #90 VisitFlorida Racing Riley of Marc Goossens, a further two tenths back with a 1:39.804.

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In GTLM Ford led the way, with Richard Westbrook’s 1:45.405 in the #67 GT the quickest of the eight cars in the hotly-contested class. Westbrook’s teammate in the same car Ryan Briscoe ran second fastest in the session, just 0.0025 back after his time in Session 3.

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The #3 Corvette Racing C7.R ended up being the second quickest car on the road though, with Spaniard Antonio Garcia’s 1:45.442 from Day 1 stacking up against the times set in the third and fourth sessions. Dirk Muller rounded out the top three in the test with a 1:45.549.

Further down the timing sheets were the two new Porsche 911 RSRs, sevenths and eighth in the class. The quickest time of the pair was set by Patrick Pilet, who completed a 1:45.759 in the #911 during final session of the two days.

And finally GTD was topped by Land Motorsport’s Audi R8, the GT Masters and VLN stalwarts running three tenths ahead of the rest of the field after Chris Mies’ 1:46.612 set in Wednesday’s morning session.

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Lawrence DeGeorge ended up second fastest in Dream Racing’s Lamborghini, ahead of Stevenson Motorsports’ Matt Bell. Both drivers’ times were set on Tuesday.

Of the new cars in the class, Andy Lally toured the Speedway in 1:47.713 in the #93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 to go sixth and Jack Hawksworth ended up 11th in the 3GT Racing Lexus RCF GT3 after his 1:47.952 lap set on Tuesday.

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The next official test for the IMSA teams is the Roar Before the Rolex 24 on January 6-8.

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Ford GT image courtesy of Ford Performance