Garcia tops charts Friday at VIR

August 17, 2018

Garcia tops charts Friday at VIR

August 17, 2018

Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen’s quest for a third consecutive Michelin GT Challenge victory got off to a good start in Friday’s practice sessions.

The Spaniard, dubbed the “King of Spain,” set Friday’s fastest lap time in the GT Le Mans class. Garcia clocked a best lap of 1:41.743 at the 3.27-mile VIRginia International Raceway circuit.

Garcia and Magnussen enter four points behind the championship-leading pair from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. They’ve done so on the strength of consistency with five consecutive podium finishes, albeit no wins yet.

Richard Westbrook topped the first session in the No. 67 Ford GT and he and teammate Ryan Briscoe clocked in second in the afternoon, at 1:42.262. However this car stopped on track at pit out right near the end of the session.

The second Corvette, featuring Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, was third in the second session.

The Porsches and BMWs were slightly further behind in Friday’s sessions.

In GT Daytona, 3GT Racing Lexus and Riley Mercedes-AMG split the two sessions up front. Jeroen Bleekemolen’s time of 1:44.865 in the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the second session was fastest in this class.

GTD class points leaders Paul Miller Racing stripped its Lamborghini in the VIR paddock after a mechanical issue took that car off track in the first session. Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow won here in 2016 and enter this weekend with an 18-point lead over Katherine Legge. She drives one of the Meyer Shank Racing Acuras.

Saturday’s third practice goes green at 8:35 a.m. Qualifying occurs at 12:25 p.m. for GTD and 12:50 p.m., for GTLM.

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