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Friday’s IMSA practice report from Road Atlanta

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Final Practice

Oliver Jarvis set the fastest time of 1:10.786 in the No. 1 Mazda Team Joest Prototype.

Filipe Albuquerque’s 1:10.801 was just .015 seconds slower in the Mustang Sampling Racing Prototype.

GT Le Mans was led by Tommy Milner with a time of 1:17.341 in the No. 4 Corvette.

GT Daytona was led by Sheldon Van Der Linde with a time of 1:17.929 in the Montaplast No. 29.

Third Practice

Norman Nato in the Tequila Patron Nissan No. 2 was fastest at 1:11.457.

Teammate Pipo Derani in the No. 22 (1:11.547) was second best, .090 seconds behind.

Ricky Taylor (1:11.663) in the No. 7 Team Penske entry was third.

GT Le Mans was led by Tommy Milner (1:17.847) in the No. 4 Corvette

GT Daytona was led by Felipe Fraga (1:20.452) in the P1 Motosports Mercedes.

Second Practice

Colin Braun set the fastest time of 1:11.669 in the No. 54 CORE Autosport entry.

Tristan Vautier 1:11.806 was .137 seconds slower in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Prototype. 

Juan Pablo Montoya landed third among the Prototypes at 1:11.950 in an Team Penske Acura.

GT Le Mans was led by Jan Magnussen (1:18.300) in the No. 3 Corvette.

GT Daytona was led by Jeroen Bleekemolen (1:20.506) in the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley.

First Practice

The No. 5 posted the fastest lap in the first practice session of the session with a speed of 1:11.878 with Filipe Albuquerque behind the wheel.

They beat Whelen Engineering’s No. 31 and Felipe Nasr by .274 seconds.

Chip Ganassi’s No. 66 posted the fastest lap in the GT Le Mans division with a time of 1:18.381 for Dirk Mueller.

Montaplast’s No. 29 was fastest in GT Daytona with a speed of 1:20.283. Christopher Mies was behind the wheel.

 

Dan Ticktum wins crash-marred FIA F3 World Cup in Macau

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Overshadowed by a horrific crash involving Sophia Floersch was the fact that 19-year-old Dan Ticktum dominated and won the Macau Grand Prix – a victory that puts him closer to earning the superlicence required to allow him to race with Formula 1, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Ticktum won Macau’s qualification race as well as the Grand Prix, starting first in both events. For his victories, he earned 10 points, which combined with 25 for his runner-up finish in the European F3 Championship leaves him just five below the 40 needed for the license.

This was Ticktum’s second Macau Grand Prix victory.

“It was a dominant performance that I was preparing for,” Ticktum said on his web site. “I don’t think I’ve ever prepared as hard as I did for this race and it all worked out. In the final race a lot of variables were thrown at me but I handled them.”

On his way to victory lane, Ticktum had to survive several restarts including the lengthy red flag period following Floersch’s accident to repair the barrier.

“I can’t count how many safety car restarts we had to do,” Ticktum said. “It puts a lot of pressure on a driver here with such a long run down to the first corner. I can’t remember a weekend when I’ve put it all together so well.

“The car was absolutely perfect all weekend, it was so good and I can’t thank Motopark enough for that. I’ve never been so involved in the set-up, felt so at one with the car as I did this weekend.”