On their debut around the famous upstate track the open top LMP2 chassis took the top two spots in the first practice session for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Ryan Dalziel took the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b around the 15-turn, 3.4 mile long Watkins Glen circuit in 1:39.918 to comfortably top the hour long practice session that starts the weekend that comprises the third event of the 2014 Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. His lap in the car he shares with Scott Sharp was more than half a second faster than Alex Brundle’s in the OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan.
The Briton who will share the driving with Gustavo Yacaman and Ho-Pin Tung set a best lap of 1:40.457.
Spirit of Daytona Racing, with drivers Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante, led the Daytona Prototype teams more familiar with The Glen, their best of 1:40.620 a fraction ahead of the Action Express Racing team of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Burt Frisselle, Frisselle one of several drivers added to team’s rosters for the longer race.
The Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Sage Karam completed the top five.
Championship leaders Ricky and Jordan Taylor, joined by Max Angelelli for the weekend, were only ninth fastest.
Tom Kimber-Smith was the fastest man in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class in the #25 8Star Motorsports in the car he will share with Sean Rayhall and Eric Lux. Tenth fastest overall Kimber-Smith was six tenths faster than the best lap set by the CORE Autosport team that lead the class points.
BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE were both fastest and second fastest in GT Le Mans, Andy Priaulx – another debutant at the track – setting the pace with a best lap of 1:45.652. Priaulx and Bill Auberlen will share driving duties in the #55 while John Edwards and Dirk Muller will split the #56 entry that set a best lap just four hundredths slower than their stablemates.
The Porsche North America team’s pair of 911 RSR were third and fifth fastest, either side of the #91 Dodge Viper SRT.
Leh Keen was fastest in GT Daytona, setting a lap of 1:50.322 in the #22 WeatherTech sponsored Porsche that will also be driven by Cooper MacNeil and Philipp Frommenwiler. The Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell driven AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 was second fastest in class ahead of Snow Racing’s Porsche and Flying Lizard Motorsports’ #45 Audi R8 LMS.
The Six Hours of The Glen weekend continued with a second practice session at 9:10am (local time) with the third and final practice session back-to-back with qualifying starting a 2:45pm (local time).