Bourdais Fastest Under The Daytona Lights


On track, Bourdais was quick in the #5 (Courtesy of IMSA)

Sebastien Bourdais led four Chevrolet Corvette DPs to the top of the times in the only night practice session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Aboard the #5 Action Express Racing entry the Frenchman set the pace early in the 90-minute session with a lap time of 1:38.964 that would leave him atop the time sheets by nearly a second over the time set my Michael Valiante in the Spirit of Daytona Racing #90.

Wayne Taylor Racing and the second car from the Action Express stable completed the Corvette quartet ahead of the OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan, once again the best of the LMP2 chassis with Extreme Speed Motorsports’ #02 sixth fastest overall.

Sam Bird became the first man to get the better of Colin Braun and CORE Autosport, beating the class pole winner to the best time in the session by nine tenths with a 1:46.623 in the #8 Starworks Motorsport car.

Rob Bell further confirmed the pace of the SRT Motorsports Vipers around Daytona International Speedway, putting the #93 fastest in the GTLM class. The sister car, which will start from the pole position in class was fourth fastest as less than a second covered the top six, encompassing each of the five manufacturers represented in the class at Daytona.

With a best lap of 1:47.259 Alessandro Pier Guidi was fastest in GTD for Level 5 Motorsports. Ferrari’s took five of the top six places, with both the Spirit of Race cars, as well as the second Level 5 machine and the ESM/SMP example all crowding around the #94 Turner Motorsports BMW, fourth fastest in class.