Bourdais leads Roar 24 night session; Taylor ends Saturday fastest
IndyCar ace Sebastien Bourdais took the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP to the fastest time for the second straight session of the day in the night session for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test.
However, Bourdais’s best time of 1:39.310 was unable to unseat the sister No. 10 Corvette DP fielded by Wayne Taylor Racing, and driven by son Jordan, who set Saturday’s fastest time of 1:39.181 in the morning session.
Night leaders included Bourdais, Colin Braun in Prototype Challenge, Pedro Lamy in GT Le Mans and Christopher Zoechling in GT Daytona, but none of the fours’ times in this session ended as fastest in their respective classes on the day.
Taylor led the P class, with Braun’s session three time of 1:41.769 best of the day in PC in the No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09.
"Yesterday we did a lot of work that wasn’t going to show lap time, but it was things we needed to get through," Taylor said. "Today we could actually work on the car on setup things. We have always had a pretty good car at Daytona. We were quick this morning which was nice to see over one lap. From there we have been working on long run stuff for 24 hours."
New Porsche factory driver Earl Bamber’s time in the late afternoon session (session five) of 1:44.316 in the No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR led a tightly packed GTLM field.
Meanwhile the returning Dodge Viper GT3-Rs showed solid form in GTD, with Marc Goossens taking the No. 33 Riley Motorsports entry to a best time of 1:47.373 in the late afternoon session.
The one and a half-hour night session itself actually went without a single red flag interruption, in contrast to the three day sessions.
The TUDOR Championship will have two final sessions on Sunday, with the first set to go green at 10:20 a.m. ET and local time.
RESULTS: Saturday Test Session 6