Depending on the series, ties can be broken in a variety of ways. In the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, being first claims the spoils.
CJ Wilson Racing’s Damien Faulkner and Bodymotion Racing’s Trent Hindman both turned in the same time (56.320 seconds, 97.798 mph) in CTSC Happy Hour. However, since Faulkner turned in the lap first, he is considered fastest.
At first, everything was going well for CJ Wilson Racing’s No. 35. Unfortunately, the team ran into issues later in the session. The car mysteriously shut off on teammate Russell Ward later in the session. Ward coasted to a halt on the No Name Straight, drawing a red flag. The team will diagnose the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport ahead of qualifying.
Faulkner and Hindman were less than two-hundredths of a second faster than Marc Miller in the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche. C360R’s Matt Plumb was fourth quickest, while Stevenson Motorsports’ Matt Bell rounded out the top five.
In Street Tuner, Murillo Racing’s Christian Szymczak was quickest in the No. 34 Mazda MX-5. Szymczak’s lap of 59.195 seconds (93.048 mph) was half a tenth faster than CRG-I Do Borrow’s Owen Trinkler in the Nissan Altima Coupe. MINI JCW Team’s Mat Pombo was third fastest, followed by Justin Piscitell in Murillo Racing’s No. 65 Porsche Cayman. Following a mechanical issue ending the first practice, Eric Foss was able to turn the fifth fastest time in the No. 56 Porsche.
Qualifying for Saturday’s Lime Rock Park 120 is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. this afternoon. Street Tuner teams will get 15 minutes to set their time, then the Grand Sport teams will get 15 minutes.
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