For the final day of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge testing at Sebring International Raceway, just one session was scheduled. After three hours of testing, Multimatic Motorsports’ Patrick Gallagher was fastest with a lap of 134.076 seconds (100.421 mph).
Gallagher’s time was more than four-tenths of a second slower than the best time of the test set by Motorsport in Action’s Jesse Lazare on Tuesday. In addition, Gallagher’s time was nearly 2.5 seconds off the pole for last year’s race at Sebring.
In Wednesday’s session, Gallagher’s time was nearly a quarter of a second faster than BimmerWorld Racing’s Tyler Cooke in the No. 82 BMW M4 GT4. Compass Racing’s Paul Holton was third quickest in his McLaren (Note: The team is not testing the same car from Daytona; instead, they are testing the car that raced as the No. 77 in 2017). DXDT Racing’s Aaron Povoledo was fourth quickest, while VOLT Racing’s Trent Hindman was fifth.
Once again, Chase Briscoe turned all the laps in Multimatic Motorsports’ No. 15 Ford under supervision from co-driver Scott Maxwell. As compared to Tuesday, Briscoe’s pace improved greatly over the test. His best lap on Wednesday was 134.525 seconds (100.085 mph), just three-thousandths of a second out of the top five.
The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge resumes their season with the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 at Sebring. The race is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 16.
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