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California 8 Hours Free Practice & Pre-Qualifying Notes

Porsche and Audi lead early sessions

Friday saw 90 minute Free Practice and Pre-Qualifying sessions at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca ahead of Sunday’s California 8 Hours, season finale of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

At the end of the first of those sessions, cut short by just under ten minutes, after a red flag-situation caused by the #88 BMW, both Porsche cars competing in the Intercontinental GT Challenge were on top of the standings with 30 of the 32 listed runners taking to the track.

Quickest was the #911 Wright Motorsport machine in the hands of Fred Makowiecki, a lap in 1:24.174, just 0.082 secs clear of the #54 Black Swan Racing 911 GT3 R in the very capable hands of Pat Long.

Next up were the Strakka Racing AMG GT3s, with the #42 machine fastest of the Pro-Am cars.

The #10 PF Racing Mustang was fastest in GT4 and the #98 Bryan Herta Hyundai in the TCR class, the i30N pair the only runners in TCR.


Pre Qualifying on Friday afternoon saw all but the #2 GMG Audi R8 LMS GT4 out on track.

Whilst one Audi sat it out, two others dominated the timing screens with Christopher Mies logging a 1:24.347 in the #29 Audi Sport Team Land R8 LMS, Haase, one of four competitors vying for the drivers’ championship.

“We finished our Pre-Qualifying as a P1 result, which is a good result for our car of the Audi Sport Team Land,” said Haase. “This is a really good place. Now we are looking forward to tomorrow, which is Qualifying and Superpole. The sun is shining, and it looks good!”

The #19 Audi Sport Team WRT R8 LMS was second fastest in the session, seven tenths off the Land car with the #9 K-Pax Bentley third in the order.

Derek Deboer led the GT4 group, clocking a 1.31:623 in the #66 TRG Porsche Cayman Clubsport, edging out the PF Motorsport Mustang.


SRO have produced a helpful guide to following the action, and keeping abreast of the Championship positions HERE >>>

With thanks to SRO and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Photos courtesy of SRO, Porsche, Audi and Bentley