Wednesday’s second CTSC practice session at Daytona International Speedway saw Rennsport One’s Dillon Machavern continue to show the speed that put them on top of the charts during the Roar Before the 24. However, the day was not completely perfect for the team.
Machavern was fastest overall with a lap of 115.894 seconds (110.584 mph) in his No. 28 Porsche. The lap was not the fastest of the day as Andrew Davis‘ time from the first session was three-hundredths of a second faster.
Overall, Machavern was very pleased with his Porsche.
“The RS1 Cayman GT4 was awesome all day,” Machavern told Frontstretch after the session. “Right out of the box, we have great speed. The car was great at the Roar as well, which I think is a testament to all the hard work that the RS1 team has done last year and over the off-season.”
In the final 15 minutes of the session, Rennsport One put low fuel in the No. 28 so that Machavern could see how far they could stretch their tank. The good news is that they found their limit. The bad news is that Machavern coasted to a halt in the International Horseshoe and brought out a brief red flag.
Also of note, Machavern is partnered up this weekend with Spencer Pumpelly. Pumpelly is entered in both the team’s Nos. 18 and 28 Porsches. According to Machavern, the current plan is for Pumpelly to start the No. 28, then slide over into the No. 18 after Daniel Morad finishes his first stint.
Machavern’s lap was three-tenths of a second faster than Automatic Racing’s Al Carter. Bodymotion Racing’s Stevan McAleer was third quickest, followed by Cameron Lawrence in GMG Racing’s No. 13 Audi. KohR Motorsports’ Kyle Marcelli was fifth in the best of the Ford Mustang GT4s.
DXDT Racing’s Aaron Povoledo was sixth fastest, best of the Mercedes entries. James Clay was seventh in his BMW M4 GT4, followed by Austin Cindric and Damien Faulkner. Chad McCumbee was tenth.
Machavern was not the only driver to find trouble during the session. After the red flag was withdrawn, Ramsey Racing owner/driver Mark Ramsey slid off the road at the International Horseshoe. He did not hit anything with his Mercedes, but he had to wait a bit before rejoining the circuit.
Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport’s No. 3 Mercedes did not venture onto the track during the session. The repairs are ongoing on the Stor-IT Mercedes following Craig Lyons‘ crash.
In TCR, C360R’s Pierre Kleinubing turned in the quickest TCR lap of the day with a time of 120.404 seconds (106.442 mph), good enough for 30th quickest overall. Kleinubing’s lap was more than half a second faster than teammate Britt Casey Jr. in the No. 77 Audi. Lee Carpentier was third fastest in the eEuroparts.com Audi.
A notable absence from the time sheets on Wednesday was C360R’s No. 74 Audi for Rodrigo Sales and Kuno Wittmer. The car did go out on track a couple of times during the day, but failed to set a time in either session.
Street Tuner saw BimmerWorld Racing’s Devin Jones top the chart with a lap of 125.021 seconds (102.511 mph). That lap was six-tenths of a second faster than Nate Norenberg in MINI JCW Team’s No. 37. Mat Pombo, who turned the fastest ST lap of the day in the first practice, was third.
Results of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona Practice No. 2
CTSC teams have only a short 15 minute warm-up session Thursday at 11:40 a.m. After a short track check-up, the teams will qualify for Friday’s BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona starting at 12:05 p.m.
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