TUDOR United SportsCar

TUSCC: Day One Practice Sessions Have GTLM, GTD Class Cars Jockeying For Position


With three practices under the belts of the GTLM and GTD classes for the 63rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, not too many catastrophic incidents marred any of the Thursday sessions. With air temps appearing to remain similar to todayís 85 degrees Fahrenheit, for both Friday and Saturday, track conditions for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship should serve as solid building blocks in prepping for the endurance race on Saturday.

For the opening practice session, GTLM class No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 driver Dirk Werner led GTD class No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America driver Mario Farnbacher.

In practice session two, GTLM class BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 again led the leader boards, but this time it was No. 24 IHG Rewards Club driver John Edwards who posted a lap of 1:59.859. Leading the GTD in practice session two was No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 GT America driver Andrew Davis who posted a 2:04.840.

For the final, nighttime session for Thursday, Corvette Racing proved to be team consistency by steadily improving each practice session during the day leading into the night practice. Continuing their efforts of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, GTLM class driverís Ryan Briscoe in the No. 3 and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 took the top two spots by driving the twin Corvette C7.Rís with a lap of 1:59.313 on the 3.74 mile course.

For the GTD class of cars, Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing came on strong in the evening practice session with No. 23 Porsche 911 GT America driver Mario Farnbacher posting the best lap in class with a 2:03.159, beating an earlier time posted in practice 1 of 2:03.455.

The night practice stopped three times due to incidents on the course. One incident involved PC class No. 16 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA FLM09 driver Tomy Drissi who contacted the barrier between turns 14 and 15 early on. The second occurring in turn 3 involving No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2/Honda driver Ozz Negri when he could not get the car restarted after spinning. With 20 minutes left in the 1.5 hour practice, the final incident of the evening occurred when No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America driver Jan Heylen contacted the barrier in turn 6. In all incidents, turn workers reported back to race control that the drivers were ok.

Qualifying for the 63rd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida gets underway at 4:20 p.m. eastern time on Friday and can be followed on the IMSA app or on radiolemans.com. For race day on Saturday March 21, coverage begins on FOXSports1 at 10:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., then switches to FOXSports2 at 12:30pm through 7:00 p.m., then IMSA.TV from 7:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m., and then back to FOXSports2 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (all times eastern).

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