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Jani Sets Fastest Lap At Night In Opening Petit Le Mans Practice
Neel Jani
Rebellion Racing waited until dark to set the fastest lap of the opening day of practice for Saturday’s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta. Neel Jani led the session with a lap of 1:20.360 (113.788 mph) in the No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Lola B12/60-Toyota shared by Nico Prost and Nick Heidfeld.

Running on a damp but drying track, Jani’s time was the fastest of Thursday’s three sessions, with both the morning and afternoon practice run in the rain. A fourth one-hour practice will be held Friday beginning at 10:20 a.m., with qualifying at 1:45 p.m.

“I’ve never driven in the rain at night, so this was a premier for me,” Jani said. “It was not at all easy with the spray and puddles, but I got a feel for it. We were far off from risking anything. It’s only Thursday, but if it was Saturday, it’s a different story. We have seen many times where we were very quick compared to the Muscle Milk team, but they have a very good racecraft that we are not underestimating.”

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing led both of the daytime sessions, with Klaus Graf turning a lap of 1:22.875 (110.335 mph) to run second in the evening session in the No. 6 HPD ARX-03c shared by Lucas Luhr and Romain Dumas.

Wolf Henzler led GT competitors with a lap of 1:28.933 (102.819 mph) in the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR co-driven by Bryan Sellers and Nick Tandy.

“We have a good car, and it’s very comfortable to drive,” Henzler said. “The Falken rain tires are very good. Tomorrow when the track is dry we will have different conditions, and we have no idea of what it will be like for the race on Saturday.”

Other class leaders: P2, Ryan Briscoe, 1:23.490 (109.522 mph) in the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b co-driven by Scott Tucker and Marino Franchitti; Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire, Tristan Nunez, 1:31.422 (100.020 mph) in the No. 18 Komplete Meal/Dash Neighborhood Stores/Phillips 66 ORECA FLM09 co-driven by Charlie Shears (set in the morning session); and GTC, Jan Heylen, 1:36.590 (94.668 mph) in the No. 11 Hertz Porsche 911 GT3 Cup co-driven by Mike Hedlund and Jon Fogarty for JDX Racing.

Practice 3 Results

Pos ClP Cl No Drivers Time Speed Diff Laps Make
1 1 P1 12 Heidfeld/Jani/Prost 1:20.360 113.788 -.--- 33 Lola B12/60
2 2 P1 6 Graf/Luhr/Dumas 1:22.875 110.335 2.515 11 HPD ARX-03c
3 1 P2 551 Tucker/Briscoe/Franchitti 1:23.490 109.522 3.130 30 HPD ARX-03b
4 2 P2 01 Sharp/Lazzaro/Brabham 1:24.269 108.510 3.909 18 HPD ARX-03b
5 3 P1 0 Meyrick/Legge 1:26.917 105.204 6.557 19 DeltaWing DWC13
6 3 P2 552 Cosmo/Kane/Dumbrek 1:27.454 104.558 7.094 22 HPD ARX-03b
7 4 P2 02 Brown/van Overbeek/Bell 1:27.650 104.324 7.290 8 HPD ARX-03b
8 4 P1 16 Dyson/Burgess/McMurry 1:28.020 103.885 7.660 10 Lola B12/60
9 1 GT 17 Henzler/Sellers/Tandy 1:28.933 102.819 8.573 15 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
10 2 GT 48 Miller/Holzer/Collard 1:28.941 102.810 8.581 34 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
11 3 GT 93 Bomarito/Wittmer/Kendall 1:28.957 102.791 8.597 28 SRT Viper GTS-R
12 4 GT 4 Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 1:29.363 102.324 9.003 26 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
13 5 GT 3 Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 1:29.364 102.323 9.004 27 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
14 6 GT 62 Beretta/Malucelli/Liddell 1:29.427 102.251 9.067 20 Ferrari F458 Italia
15 7 GT 56 Müller/Edwards/Auberlen 1:31.064 100.413 10.704 16 BMW Z4 GTE
16 8 GT 06 Long/Braun/Christensen 1:31.226 100.235 10.866 17 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
17 9 GT 91 Farnbacher/Goossens/Dalziel 1:31.566 99.862 11.206 15 SRT Viper GTS-R
18 1 PC 25 Rayhall/Negri 1:31.783 99.626 11.423 16 ORECA FLM09
19 2 PC 18 Nunez/Shears 1:32.310 99.058 11.950 16 ORECA FLM09
20 3 PC 9 Junqueira/Ende/Menezes 1:32.468 98.888 12.108 16 ORECA FLM09
21 10 GT 23 Sweedler/Keen/Mowlem 1:33.905 97.375 13.545 8 Ferrari F458 Italia
22 4 PC 05 Bennett/Kimber-Smith/Wilkins 1:35.524 95.725 15.164 17 ORECA FLM09
23 11 GT 55 Alzen/Martin/Müller 1:35.796 95.453 15.436 9 BMW Z4 GTE
24 1 GTC 11 Hedlund/Heylen/Fogarty 1:36.590 94.668 16.230 22 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
25 2 GTC 22 MacNeil/Bleekemolen/Bleekemolen 1:36.791 94.472 16.431 12 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
26 3 GTC 27 Dempsey/Lally/Foster 1:37.169 94.104 16.809 26 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
27 4 GTC 45 Canache, Jr./Pumpelly/Snow 1:38.047 93.261 17.687 17 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
28 5 GTC 10 Putman/Espenlaub/Law 1:38.331 92.992 17.971 34 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
29 5 PC 52 Guasch/Cheng/Cameron 1:38.606 92.733 18.246 9 ORECA FLM09
30 6 GTC 44 Neiman/von Moltke/Sandberg 1:39.294 92.090 18.934 10 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
31 7 GTC 31 Armindo/Nielsen/Benitez, Jr. 1:39.977 91.461 19.617 11 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
32 6 PC 7 Drissi/Mitchell/French 1:40.039 91.404 19.679 8 ORECA FLM09
33 8 GTC 66 Keating/Faulkner/Stanton 1:40.363 91.109 20.003 11 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
34 7 PC 8 Marcelli/Cumming/Johansson 1:42.633 89.094 22.273 13 ORECA FLM09

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