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Colin Braun, Tom Blomqvist, Nick Tandy Top WeatherTech ROAR Day No. 2 Sessions

Colin Braun in the pits at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, 7/1/2022 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Saturday dawned dreary but dry at Daytona International Speedway. That allowed the 61 teams in attendance to get more time in on-track. In the afternoon, rains moved in. Before the rains fell, Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian’s Colin Braun turned in the fastest lap of the weekend at 134.851 mph.

Session No. 3

During the early test session, all the best laps were turned in during the first 10 minutes of the session. BMW M Team RLL’s Connor de Phillippi and Cadillac’s Sebastien Bourdais were quick early on, but Tom Blomqvist set the fastest time of the session at 134.392 mph.

Braun’s lap was .130 seconds quicker than Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport’s Louis Deletraz. Porsche Penske Motorsports teammates Nick Tandy and Felipe Nasr were third and fourth, while Bourdais was fifth.

LMP2 was topped by PR1 Mathaisen Motorsports’ Nicolas Lapierre with a lap at 129.616 mph, good enough for 10th overall. Lapierre’s lap was a quarter of a second faster than TDS Racing’s Mikkel Jensen. AF Corse’s Nicklas Nielsen was third, then High Class Racing’s Ed Jones. Era Motorsport’s Ryan Dalziel was fifth.

The 90-minute session had one red flag. Proton Competition’s Fred Poordad stopped in turn 7 and had to be removed from the track. After a 30-minute stint in the garage, the ORECA 07-Gibson returned to finish the session.

Andretti Autosport’s Dakota Dickerson was fastest in LMP3 with a lap at 124.848 mph, good for 19th overall. Dickerson’s lap was .613 seconds faster than Andrew Wojteczko Autosport’s Matt Bell. Sean Creech Motorsports’ Nico Pino was third, then Performance Tech Motorsports’ Cameron Shields. MRS GT-Racing’s Guilherme de Oliveira was fifth.

In the GT ranks, Inception Racing’s Frederic Schandorff turned in the fastest GT lap of the weekend at 119.953 mph (29th overall) to lead the GTD class. Schandorff was a half-second faster than Team Korthoff Motorsports’ Kenton Koch. Magnus Racing’s Spencer Pumpelly was third, then VasserSullivan’s Kyle Kirkwood and Racers Edge Motorsports with WTR’s Ryan Briscoe.

GTD Pro was led by TeamTGM’s Owen Trinkler with a lap at 119.375 mph, good for 31st overall, but over a half-second slower than Schandorff. Trinkler was just .025 seconds quicker than The Heart of Racing’s Ross Gunn. VasserSullivan’s Mike Conway was third in his Lexus, then WeatherTech Racing’s Jules Gounon. Iron Lynx’s Andrea Caldarelli was fifth in the best of…

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