Thursday, 28 January 2016

Shank pace wet opening sessions at Daytona

Michael Shank Racing set the fastest time in the opening practice sessions for this weekend's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona as only two prototypes made it into the top 10 in each of the two sessions.

The team's Ligier-Honda JSP2 lapped the Florida circuit in one minute, 54.807 seconds as the weather played havoc with the order.

Oswaldo Negri Jr, who claimed pole position for last year's race, set the pacesetting time in the first free practice of the weekend, with the SMP Racing Nissan-powered car the second fastest prototype down in tenth overall.

In free practice one, it was the Risi Competizione Ferrari and Porsche North America GT entries that completed the top three, ahead of the SMP Ferrari and Rahal Letterman Lanigan's new BMW M6.

Second practice was topped by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and their popular new GT.

After managing eighth place in the opening session, they were quicker than Risi, SMP and both Corvette GT entries later in the day.

SMP were the quickest prototype in practice two but could only manage sixth fastest overall while the Visit Florida Racing squad were the second fastest prototype down in eighth - the first time a Daytona Prototype set a top ten time.

Image: Daytona International Speedway

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