Austin, Texas – Patrick Long, Martin Fuentes and Alec Udell led morning practice in GT, GTA and GT Cup respectively at the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas brought to you by VP Racing Fuels at the Circuit of the Americas.
Setting the pace early, Michael Cooper, in the No. 8 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R., went fastest in GT with a lap of 2:06.826 ahead of Cadillac teammate Johnny O’Connell.
In GTA, it was Martin Fuentes, driving the No. 07 Scuderia Corsa Hublot Underarmour Ferrari 458 Italia, at the top of the time sheets early with a lap of 2:09.111, and in GT Cup, Core Fergus, in the No. 00 Motorsports Promotions Byers Porsche, US LED, Motul Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, set the early pace at 2:12.308.
At the 15-minute mark, Patrick Long, in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3, went to the top with a lap of 2:06.127 and Michael Scheinn, in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3-R, had taken over the top spot in GTA with a lap of 2:08.797.
Long’s teammate Michael Lewis, in the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3, would then go fastest in GT at 2:05.702 ahead of his teammate, while in GTA, Fuentes re-assumed the top spot over Scheinn and Fergus continued to hold the fastest time in GT Cup ahead of Alec Udell, in the No. 17 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Long would re-assume the top practice time a bit later, however, with a lap in his Porsche at 2:05.574, to put him ahead of Lewis and the third place time of JD Davison, in the No. 33 AE Replay XD Nissan GT Academy Nissan GTR GT3 and fourth place Colin Thompson, driving the No. 13 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S.
With 20 minutes to go in the hour-long session, Fuentes lowered his time to 2:06.114 for first in GTA, and Udell eclipsed Fergus for the fast lap in GT Cup with a time of 2:11.543.
Long’s fast lap of 2:05.574 would stand as the best in the session, ahead of Lewis and Davison. The hour-long session ran without stoppage under near-perfect weather conditions in Austin, cloudless, at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
GT, GTA and GT Cup drivers and teams next get on track at COTA at 2:45 p.m. Central time for their final practice session of the day. Live timing and scoring is available on www.world-challenge.com.