Kamui Kobayashi placed the No. 48 Ally Cadillac Racing Cadillac DPi on top of the rate graphes Friday at Daytona Int’l Speedway (IMSA Photo)

DAYTONA COASTLINE, Fla. – It wasn’t as much concerning driving quickly as it had to do with acquainted region.

Two-time safeguarding Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Kamui Kobayashi opened up the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship period with the fastest lap Friday throughout the very first day of screening at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

His lap of 1 min, 35.312 secs (134.463 miles per hour) around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile DIS roadway training course in the No. 48 Action Express Racing Ally Cadillac DPi V.R was .385 secs much faster than the closest rival.

But the excitement for Kobayashi wasn’t being atop the rate graph. It was remaining in an acquainted vehicle on an acquainted track once again. The previous Formula One vehicle driver went back to a Cadillac DPi, in which he won the Rolex 24 the previous 2 periods with Wayne Taylor Racing.

“I’m very happy to be returning to the Daytona 24 again,” Kobayashi claimed. “Being back in the same car and same engine but a different team, I still feel the car is great. I fit quite well with this package. When I got in the car, I felt really comfortable.”

Kobayashi will certainly share the vehicle with Jimmie Johnson, Simon Pagenaud and also Mike Rockenfeller for the 59th Rolex 24 on Jan. 30-31. The group will certainly try to place the vehicle on the lead in Sunday’s Motul Pole Award 100, a 100-minute race that will certainly establish the beginning schedule for the Rolex 24.

Ricky Taylor was 2nd fastest in the Daytona Prototype worldwide (DPi) course, videotaping a lap of 1:35.697 (133.922 miles per hour) in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05. Felipe Nasr was 3rd in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Whelen Engineering Cadillac.

Nicolas Lapierre videotaped the fastest lap in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) course at 1:37.741 in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07. James Calado was quickest in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) course with a lap of 1:43.680 in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE.

Moritz Kranz had the fastest lap of the day in the brand-new Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) course at 1:43.500 in the No. 6 Muehlner Motorsports America Duqueine M30-D08. Christina Nielsen was fastest in GT Daytona (GTD) at 1:46.194 in the No. 88 Team Hardpoint EBM Porsche 911 GT3R.

The new-look IMSA Prototype Challenge debuted with technique Friday in advance of the season-opening race, the Scouts of America 145, on Saturday. Nineteen entrances divided in between 2 courses joined a set of 45-minute methods for the Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) entrances, with Steven McAleer covering the combined-session time graph.

Driving the No. 43 Robillard Racing Duqueine M30-D08 he showed to Joe Robillard, McAleer placed in a finest lap of 1 min, 42.986 secs (124.444 miles per hour) around the 3.56-mile Daytona roadway training course throughout the early morning technique. McAleer and also Robillard teamed to end up 10th in 2014 in the Prototype Challenge champion standings, regardless of missing out on one race. Their entrance is amongst 16 in the LMP3-1 course for new-generation cars and trucks.

Tonis Kasemets, in the No. 60 Wulver Racing Ligier JS P3, fasted amongst the LMP3-2 rivals with a lap of 1:45.930 (120.985 miles per hour) throughout the mid-day session.

Spencer Pumpelly placed the No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 atop the moment graph adhering to the opening day of IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge screening at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The experienced IMSA racer transformed a lap of 1:54.130 (112.293 miles per hour) in the very first of 2 sessions, bordering Bill Auberlen in the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 by 0.337 secs in the Grand Sport (GS) course.

Jon Morley established the speed in the Touring Car (TCR) department, uploading a finest lap of 2:00.194 (106.627 miles per hour), additionally in the opening session, in the No. 61 Road Shagger Racing Audi RS3 LMS DSG. It was a little 0.023 secs much better than Tim Lewis in the No. 5 KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR.

Pilot Challenge groups and also vehicle drivers have 3 even more examination sessions this weekend break, 2 on Saturday and also an additional on Sunday.

Source speedsport.com