On Friday afternoon, Tequila Patron ESM’s Ryan Dalziel turned the fastest lap of the day at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Dalziel’s lap of 68.993 seconds (128.306 mph) was more than four-tenths of a second faster than Jordan Taylor‘s fastest lap in the morning.
In session No. 2, Dalziel’s lap was six-hundredths of a second faster than Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. Pipo Derani, making his debut in Tequila Patron ESM’s No. 22, was third quickest, one-tenth slower than his teammate. However, that speed did not come without problems. Derani’s teammate, Johannes van Overbeek spun in turn 3 and drew a red flag after having an issue with the left rear wheel.
Action Express Racing’s Dane Cameron was fourth quickest in the session, another quarter of a second back. JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Misha Goikhberg was fifth quickest in the fastest of the LMP2 prototypes.
In Prototype Challenge, Performance Tech Motorsports’ dominance remained unbroken. Patricio O’Ward was once again fastest with a lap of 72.296 seconds (122.446 mph) was 1.5 seconds faster than BAR1 Motorsports’ Ryan Lewis.
In GT Le Mans, the order didn’t complete hold to team form like in the morning, but Porsche continued to dominate. Laurens Vanthoor put the No. 912 Porsche on top once again with a lap of 74.753 seconds (118.421 mph). Vanthoor’s lap was a full half-second and change quicker than teammate Patrick Pilet in the No. 911. BMW Team RLL’s John Edwards was third quickest, followed by teammate Bill Auberlen. Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia was fifth.
Finally, GT Daytona saw 3GT Racing’s Sage Karam top the charts with a lap of 77.135 seconds (114.764 mph). The lap was a quarter of a second faster than Stevenson Motorsports’ Andrew Davis in the sole Audi R8 LMS GT3. Scuderia Corsa’s Christina Nielsen was third fastest, followed by Change Racing’s Jeroen Mul. SunEnergy1 Racing’s Tristan Vautier was fifth fastest.
Alegra Motorsports’ No. 28 Porsche was 14th quickest with Daniel Morad at the controls. However, it was with Michael de Quesada at the wheel that things went wrong. Right at the end of the session, de Quesada spun off course at turn 3 and crashed into the tire barriers. De Quesada walked away from the crash, but was none too pleased with the situation. The team has not commented on the damage to the Porsche 911 GT3 R, but they’ll likely have a lot of work ahead of them.
Two cars did not set times during the session. One was the No. 26 PC entry for Garret Grist and James Vance, which did venture out for an out lap. The other was the No. 50 Mercedes-AMG GT3 for WeatherTech Racing. The team spent the entire session repairing the No. 50 after the crash in the first session, caused by contact with the No. 26.
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams have one more practice scheduled for 9:20 a.m. on Saturday prior to qualifying.
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