Alex Brundle Fastest in Final TUDOR Championship COTA Practice

by James Broomhead
Brundle kept the OAK Racing Ligier atop the times in the final practuce session (Courtesy of IMSA)

Alex Brundle continued a Friday of form at the Circuit of the Americas, repeating his morning feat to lead the final practice for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Lone Star Le Mans event at the Circuit of the Americas.

Brundle’s lap of 1:59.701 was slower than his morning effort but was still sufficient to lead the session ahead of the Visit sponsored Chevrolet Corvette DP shared between Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook. The duo were half a second slower than Brundle around a lap of the 3.4 mile Grand Prix venue at the head of a trio of the Corvette Prototypes with the Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing entries third a fourth fastest just a tenth slower than the Spirit of Daytona Racing run machine.

Jack Hawksworth, something of a star in the Prototype Challenge ranks since he joined RSR Racing mid-season, was fastest in the class in the #08 machine he shares with Chris Cumming. The sister car of Duncan Ende and Bruno Junquiera was second fastest with the 8Star Motorsports entry third fastest in class a little over half a second down on the class pace.

The #910 Porsche 911 RSR completed a sweep of GT Le Mans class topping performances in practice. However, unlike the first two sessions when Fred Makowiecki was at the wheel for the top time it was Patrick Pilet. He completed a lap of 2:03.626 as the Porsche North America team continue to show the way around Austin as the #912 of Patrick Long and Michael Christensen was second fastest in the class. The third of the works Porsches, in the hands of Joerg Bergmeister and Nick Tandy, was fourth fastest behind Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito’s #93 Dodge Viper.

Jeroen Bleekemolen was the best man in GT Daytona, taking the Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper to the top of the class with a lap of 2:09.440. The fastest dozen cars in the class were covered by a single second. That top twelve included the Turner Motorsports’ BMW Z4, carrying the #300 for the weekend, the Porsches of GB Autosport, Dempsey Racing, Magnus Racing and Park Place Motorsports and Flying Lizard Motorsports’ #45 Audi R8 LMS.

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