WeatherTech teams hit Sebring for practice


SEBRING, Florida: As a result of Wednesday’s (Thursday in Manila) rainy weather, some teams cut their testing short at Sebring International Raceway, as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and Mazda Prototype Lites teams wrapped up their two-day test and will now yield the track to the WeatherTech teams on Thursday and Friday (Friday and Saturday in Manila).

With action on the track at a minimum, a lot of the activity was taking place in the paddock area, where the WeatherTech teams were setting up shop, while trying to stay dry and beat the high winds. DragonSpeed showed up with the team’s Oreca 05 Nissan Prototype, which is expected to make its debut during the test, while Sebring fans will also be the first to get to see the Ferrari 488 GT3 in action.

One of Ferrari’s competitors in the GTD class, Lamborghini, will see each of its Huracan GT3 cars pick up an additional 88 pounds for the test, a result of penalties slapped on the Huracans by the International Motor Sports Association.

The Prototype Lites were able to beat the majority of the wet weather on Wednesday and as a result, six of the 18 drivers were able to turn in their best lap of the three testing sessions. JDC Motorsports led the way, with the two fastest times over the two days, as Austin Versteeg turned in a lap of 2:00.569 on Wednesday to lead the field and team-mate Clark Toppe was right behind with 2:00.579, which he also set on Wednesday.

Performance Tech Motorsports driver Kyle Masson, from Windermere, broke the JDC Motorsports stranglehold at the top of the charts with the third-fastest-time, which he set on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) with a lap of 2:00.827. The three were the only ones to break the 2:01 barrier.

Drivers in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge weren’t as fortunate with the weather, as much of Wednesday’s session was held in the rain, making it no surprise that none of the 22 drivers turned in their fast lap of the two days on Wednesday and the top eight drivers overall were never able to beat their time from the opening session.

Lucas Catania’s first-session time of 2:06.319 was the fastest of the two days that he set in his New York Spine & Wellness Center NGT Motorsports Porsche. McKay Snow posted the second-fastest time of the two days with a lap of 2:06.950 in his Wright Motorsports Porsche, while Eric Foss was third with a 2:07.032 in his Mosing Motorcars Topp Racing Porsche.



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