Porsche Carrera Cup North America

Priaulx on top ahead of Carrera Cup North America qualifying

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Seb Priaulx - Porsche Carrera Cup North America
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Sebastian Priaulx is showing no signs of letting up as he finished at the top of the times sheets for the second practice session for the Porsche Carrera North America at the Sebring International Raceway.

The Guernsey native has topped pre-season testing at Sebring, yesterdays first practice session of the opening race weekend and now the final practice session before qualifying, finishing the with a fastest lap time of 2:02.230, putting the Kelly-Moss Road and Race driver 0.138 seconds ahead of Leh Keen in the 311RS Motorsport car.

This weekend marks the first official race weekend of the new 992-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, with a total of 23 new cars on track with an additional eleven previous-generation cup cars, making up an impressive grid of 34 cars.

Maxwell Root made it in to the top three in the Moorespeed-Wright Motorsports car ahead of Priaulx’s team-mate Kay van Berlo.

After missing the first practice session of the weekend the two MRS GT Racing cars of Erik Johansson and Jeff Kingsley made it out to complete a total of 24 laps between the two drivers.

Porsche Carrera Cup North America
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In the Pro-Am category Alan Metni was once again fastest, setting the eleventh overall best time of 2:03.844 in the iFly/Kelly-Moss car. His nearest rival was Efrin Castro was just under one second off of the pace of the class leader with Thomas Collingwood making up the top three Pro-Am cars.

Matt Halcome was fastest of the previous generation cars in the Pro-Am 991 class, he set a time of 2:06.218 for the twentieth overall time. Kurt Hunt and Frank Raso rounded out the top three in class.

Pos.ClassDriverTeamFast Lap TimeGap
1ProSeb Priaulx(J)Kelly-Moss Road and Race2:02.230
2ProLeh Keen311RS Motorsport2:02.368+0.138
3ProMaxwell Root (J)Moorespeed-Wright Motorsports2:02.662+0.432
4ProKay van Berlo (J)Kelly-Moss Road and Race2:02.783+0.553
5ProRiley Dickinson (J)Team Hardpoint EBM2:03.101+0.871
6ProDylan Murry (J)BGB Motorsports2:03.445+1.215
7ProParker Thompson (J)JDX Racing2:03.587+1.357
8ProTJ FischerTopp Racing2:03.589+1.359
9ProSean McAlister (J)JDX Racing2:03.598+1.368
10ProRyan Gates311RS Motorsport2:03.743+1.513
11Pro-AmAlan MetniiFly/Kelly-Moss2:03.844+1.614
12ProErik JohanssonMRS GT Racing2:03.980+1.750
13ProSebastian Carazo (J)Kelly-Moss Road and Race2:04.347+2.117
14Pro-AmEfrin CastroTeam Hardpoint EBM2:04.773+2.543
15ProJeff KingsleyMRS GT Racing2:04.850+2.620
16ProHutton McKennaWright Motorsports2:05.061+2.831
17Pro-AmThomas CollingwoodBGB Motorsports2:05.674+3.444
18Pro-AmTim PappasJDX Racing2:05.691+3.461
19Pro-AmJohn GoetzWright Motorsports2:05.888+3.658
20PA 991Matt HalcomeGoldcrest Motorsports2:06.218+3.988
21Pro-AmCurt SwearinginACI Motorsports2:06.243+4.013
22PA 991Kurt HuntACI Motorsports2:06.437+4.207
23Pro-AmRene RobichaudKelly-Moss Road and Race2:06.483+4.253
24Pro-AmVernon McClureTPC Racing2:06.926+4.696
25PA 991Frank RasoTopp Racing2:07.231+5.001
26PA 991Jeffrey MajkrzakGoldcrest Motorsports2:07.289+5.059
27PA 991Grady WillinghamGoldcrest Motorsports2:07.379+5.149
28PA 991Phillip MartienGoldcrest Motorsports2:07.560+5.330
29Pro-AmBill SmithTopp Racing2:07.577+5.347
30PA 991Joseph LombardoKelly-Moss Road and Race2:09.470+7.240
31PA 991Craig ConwayIrish Mike’s Racing2:11.611+9.381
32PA 991Tom BalamesKelly-Moss Road and Race2:11.633+9.403
33PA 991Ted GiovanisACI Motorsports2:13.823+11.593
34PA 991Joe StillGoldcrest Motorsports2:14.546+12.316

Competitors will now head back to the paddock and evaluate their practice data ahead of qualifying later today at 12:25 EST (16:25 GMT).

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