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Joao Barbosa on Top in Final Petit Le Mans Practice

October 2, 2015

Final practice for all four categories of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship began under overcast skies with a slight mist falling on the track. Teams had one final chance to get their cars dialed in ahead of qualifying in the afternoon. The mist intensified throughout the session, and with the race looking increasingly to be run under soggy conditions on Saturday, every lap was extremely valuable. Despite the conditions, the session was run incident free, with the entire hour remaining under green flag conditions.

The fastest Prototype was the #5 Action Express Chevroley Corvette Daytona Prototype, with Joao Barbosa setting a best time of 1:23.232. Next was Scott Pruett in the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost Riley Daytona Prototype, four tenths off Barbosa. Rounding out the top 3 was the #90 Racing Corvette DP driven by Richard Westbrook, a half second behind Pruett.

Jack Hawksworth had the fastest lap in the Prototype Challenge category in the #11 for RSR Racing, setting a time of 1:24.198. The #85 machine for JDC/Miller Motorsports, piloted by Chris Miller, was second fastest, two seconds behind Hawksworth. Third quick was Tom Kimber-Smith, another four tenths behind running in the #52 for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports.

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The #911 Porsche North America 911 RSR was the fastest car in the GT Le Mans category, with Nick Tandy setting the fastest time of 1:24.015. Earl Bamber was next in the sister #912, seven tenths behind Tandy. Lucas Luhr was third fastest in the #24 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE, more than two seconds off Bamber.

Last but certainly not least is the GT Daytona category, with Kuno Wittmer leading the way in the #007 TRG-AMR V12 Vantage, with a fastest lap of 1:28.376. Spencer Pumpelly was three tenths off Wittmer in the #73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America. Third fastest was Daniel Serra in the #64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari F458 Italia, one second behind Pumpelly.

Disparity was yet again the main story from practice. The only things that appear to be constant are the strengths of the Corvette DP, as well as the Porsche 911s being run by Porsche North America.

Practice 4 Results

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