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Jan Heylen Quickest in Mid-Ohio Michelin Pilot Challenge Practice

Wright Motorsports was originally scheduled to debut their Porsche Cayman GT4 MR in Daytona back in January.  However, Ryan Hardwick‘s practice crash prevented that from happening.  With a repaired chassis and the team’s planned driving duo in the car for the first time this year, Jan Heylen was quickest in both IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice sessions Friday (May 14) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Heylen’s lap at 93.254 mph in the afternoon session was the fastest practice lap of the day.

Practice No. 1

In the morning session, Heylen’s lap at 91.978 mph was fastest overall.  The lap was nearly two-thirds’ of a second faster than the Aston Martin of Archangel Motorsports’ Trent Hindman.  The McLaren of Andrew Wojteczko Autosport’s Kuno Wittmer was third fastest, followed by TeamTGM’s No. 46 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R for Hugh Plumb.  Turner Motorsport’s Bill Auberlen was fifth in his BMW.

Riley Motorsports’ second Toyota GR Supra GT4 for Scott Andrews was sixth quickest, followed by the second Turner BMW of Robby Foley.  Motorsports In Action’s Sheena Monk was eighth, then McCann Racing’s Andrew Davis and Murillo Racing’s Eric Foss rounded out the top 10.

In TCR, Bryan Herta Autosport’s Michael Lewis was fastest with a lap at 89.105 mph, good for 15th overall.  Lewis’ lap was eight-hundredths of a second faster than the similar car of CB Motorsports’ Trenton Estep.  LA Honda World Racing’s Mike LaMarra was third in his Honda Civic Type-R TCR, followed by Copeland Motorsports’ Tyler MaxsonMark Wilkins was fifth in the quicker of Bryan Herta Autosport’s Hyundai Elantra N TCRs.


Practice No. 2

During the afternoon session, Heylen was able to pick up the pace.  He set the quickest lap of the day with 10 minutes remaining in the session.  The lap was more than a full second faster than he was in the morning.

Heylen’s lap was nearly a half-second faster than Hindman’s Aston Martin.  Andrews was third in his Supra, followed by Motorsports In Action’s Spencer Pigot.  Wittmer was fifth.

Matt Plumb was sixth in his TeamTGM Chevrolet, followed by teammate Owen Trinkler in the No. 64 Chevrolet.  Rebel Rock Racing’s Robin Liddell was eighth in his Chevrolet, while Foss was ninth.  HTP Winward Motorsport’s Indy Dontje was 10th quickest.

In TCR, LA Honda World Racing’s Mat Pombo was fastest with a lap at 90.872 mph, good for 18th overall.  This lap was two-sevenths of a second faster than the similar Honda of Atlanta Speedwerks’ Ryan Eversley.  JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Mikey Taylor was third in his sequential gearbox Audi, while Brian Henderson was fourth in the second Atlanta Speedwerks Honda.  Parker Chase was fifth in Bryan Herta Autosport’s No. 98 Elantra.


Qualifying for the Mid-Ohio 120 is scheduled for 5:50 p.m. Friday.  We’ll have a recap of the happenings during the session here at Frontstretch.


About the author

Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor.

Outside of Frontstretch, Phil is the press officer for Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He covers all the action on the high-banked dirt track from regular DIRTcar Modified racing to occasional visits from touring series such as the Super DIRTcar Series.

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