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Albuquerque Puts Action Express On Top In Night Practice

Porsche continues to pace the GTLM class

Filipe Albuquerque in the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R. topped the times in Free Practice 3, the night session for Rolex 24 competitors. Albuquerque’s best time was a 1:34.914.

The #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. ended the session second quickest, Renger Van Der Zande set that car’s quickest time; a 1:35.246.

Rounding out the top three was Joao Barbosa in the #5 Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. Barbosa’s best time was a 1:35.478.

Most of the quick times in DPi were set early in the session with top times from the top three all being set before they completed six laps.

Neither the #55 Mazda RT24P nor the #77 Mazda RT24P participated in the session. The #55 Mazda spent most of the session having its rear assembly replaced, while the pole-sitting #77 Mazda was undergoing what it appeared to be routine maintenance.

In LMP2, the pole-sitting #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA 07 set the quickest time. Gabriel Aubry set a time of 1:37.084.

Colin Braun in the #81 DragonSpeed ORECA 07 ended the session in second and Ryan Dalziel in the #8 Tower Motorsports ORECA 07 finished the session in third.

The #912 Porsche 911 RSR once again topped the charts in GTLM, this is the third straight practice session that the #912 Porsche has led and the fourth straight session a Porsche has topped when taking into account the qualifying session earlier in the day.

Mathieu Jaminet set the car’s quickest time, a 1:43.301.

The #24 BMW M8 GTE ended the session in second. Augusto Farfus set the quickest time of 1:43.611. The #24 BMW carried the banner for BMW for most of the session while the sister #25 BMW spent much of the session in the garage after undergoing repairs for a broken fuel pump.

The #25 BMW eventually joined the session but ended the session last in class after completing just 11 laps in comparison to the #24 BMW which completed 48 laps.

The #911 Porsche 911 RSR rounded out the top three in GTLM. Frederic Makowiecki was the quickest of the three in that car. His top time was a 1:43.663.

Like in DPi, all of the top times were set early in the session.

The #16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R led a Porsche 1-2 in GTD. Klaus Bachler set the quickest time in that car, a 1:46.128. That car ended the session in the infield, however, after pulling off the circuit and stopping amongst the RVs, it was not clear what the problem was.

The pole-sitting #9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R ended the session in second. Dennis Olsen set a best time of 1:46.203. There was also drama for the #9 Porsche, it coasted into the pits without power and was pushed into the box.

Andrea Caldarelli in the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo rounded out the top three with a time of 1:46.231.

Tomorrow is a quiet day for on-track running, Rolex 24 competitors only have a single, one-hour Free Practice session scheduled.