VIR IMSA: Vanthoor tops first practice for Porsche

Porsche’s Laurens Vanthoor set the pace in the opening practice session for the GT-only round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Virginia International Raceway.

The session was run in hot and dry conditions, but rain is predicted for this afternoon’s session.

The #912 Porsche had a grassy off in Vanthoor’s hands after a handful of laps. After a pitstop to clean it up he lapped in 1m41.529s, which he soon lowered to 1m41.296s to top the times.

“My first run felt pretty good, but obviously we still have a lot more homework to do,” said Vanthoor.

Nick Tandy made it a Porsche 1-2 in the sister #911 car, while the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs of Ryan Briscoe and Dirk Muller were third and fourth respectively, ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs of Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin.

The BMW M8s of John Edwards and Connor de Phillippi rounded out the GTLM runners.

In GT Daytona, the order was much more dynamic and top spot changed hands a number of times.

Jeroen Bleekemolen set the fastest time in his Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG-GT3, a tenth clear of Patrick Long’s Park Place Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R.

There was trouble for the points-leading #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3, which failed to join the session at the green light due to a technical issue. Once remedied, Mario Farnbacher lapped only ninth-fastest.

Session results:

1912 Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR1’41.296 
2911 Patrick Pilet
Nick Tandy
GTLMPorsche 911 RSR1’41.4350.139
367 Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
GTLMFord GT1’41.4780.182
466 Joey Hand
Dirk Muller
GTLMFord GT1’41.6260.330
53 Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia
GTLMCorvette C7.R1’41.6620.366
64 Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
GTLMCorvette C7.R1’41.8780.582
724 Jesse Krohn
John Edwards
GTLMBMW M8 GTE1’42.2320.936
825 Tom Blomqvist
Connor de Phillippi
GTLMBMW M8 GTE1’43.0191.723
933 Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen
GTDMercedes-AMG GT31’44.3363.040
1073 Patrick Lindsey
Patrick Long
GTDPorsche 911 GT3 R1’44.6773.381
1144 John Potter
Andy Lally
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT31’44.7333.437
1214 Richard Heistand
Jack Hawksworth
GTDLexus RC F GT31’44.7783.482
1363 Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander
GTDFerrari 488 GT31’44.8353.539
1448 Bryan Sellers
Corey Lewis
GTDLamborghini Huracan GT31’44.9613.665
1596 Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
GTDBMW M6 GT31’45.1233.827
1676 Paul Holton
Matt Plumb
GTDMcLaren 720S GT31’45.2803.984
1786 Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman
GTDAcura NSX GT31’45.3054.009
1874 Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach
1957 Katherine Legge
Alice Powell
GTDAcura NSX GT31’45.4864.190
2012 Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell
GTDLexus RC F GT31’45.7414.445
219 Scott Hargrove
Zacharie Robichon
GTDPorsche 911 GT3 R1’45.7894.493

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