Mancinelli, Ferrari Quickest in Friday 2nd SprintX Practice
95-degree heat makes racing surface slick in SprintX afternoon session
AUSTIN, Texas – Two-time SprintX race winner Daniel Mancinelli of Italy paced the second SprintX practice session in the Friday afternoon heat at the Circuit of the Americas in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Texas tripleheader weekend.
Mancinelli, who won SprintX events at VIR and Utah earlier this year, drove the No. 31 TR3 Racing/The Collection Ferrari 488 GT3 to a quick time of two minutes, 6.411 seconds for an average speed of 97.70 miles per hour in 95-degree heat in the Texas capitol city of Austin. The track surface temperature was recorded at 134 degrees on the state-of-the-art 3.247-mile, 20-turn road circuit.
Niccolo Schiro also of Italy, who won with Mancinelli last month at Utah, will again be Mancinelli’s co-driver this weekend.
The racing surface wasn’t as hot for Friday morning’s first SprintX practice when France’s Mathieu Jaminet clocked a 2:05.886 for 98.11 m.p.h. Jaminet has been impressive at COTA in the past after winning both Porsche Super Cup races last year during the Formula One weekend as well winning the pole position in the IMSA race this Spring.
“COTA is one of my favorite tracks,” said Jaminet. “I seem to have a good driving style for this year and I like the rhythm of the turns as well. I look forward to the races this weekend at COTA.”
Second in the afternoon in the SprintX practice was the Dallas-based team of GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing “Red Dragon” Porsche 911 GT3 R with drivers Jon Fogarty and Wolf Henzler. Fogarty was the driver of record with the afternoon time of 2:07.002 (97.24 m.p.h.).
Rounding out the top-three in the Friday second SprintX practice round was 20-year-old Ben Barnicoat of England in the No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S at 2:07.232 (97.07 m.p.h.).
In the Pro/Am GT division, Jeroen Bleekemolen of Monaco piloted the No. 54 Black Swan Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 to the time of 2:07.625 (96.77 m.p.h.), while Henrique Cisceros of Miami, Fla., topped the Am/Am GT class at 2:12.120 (94.19 m.p.h.) in the No. 30 MOMO/NGT Motorsports Ferrari 458 GT3.