Oliver Jarvis breaks Daytona lap record

Mazda lead the way in opening practice.

British driver Oliver Jarvis led the way in the opening session at the 2019 Roar Before the Rolex 24, leading the 10 DPi cars that took part in the session. Jarvis posted a best lap of 1:35.989 in the #77 Mazda. His team mate Olivier Pla in the sister #77 car finished third on the time sheets with a time of 1:36.449. Jarvis went quicker than the lap record set by Renger van der Zande last year in the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac during qualifying in 2018.

Cadillac held five of the top seven spots with Jordan Taylor leading the Cadillac entrants with a time of 1:36.407 in the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Fernando Alonso ran six laps in the first session, posting a time of 1:36.984, half a second slower than his team mate Jordan Taylor. Felipe Nasr was fourth in the #31 Whelen Engineering car with Filipe Albuquerque rounding out the top five in the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac with a time of 1:36.872. Ricky Taylor was the fastest of the two Penske Acura's with a time of 1:37.825 in the #7 car whilst the #54 CORE Autosport Nissan did not take part in the session.

In the LMP2 ranks, only two cars made it out, neither DragonSpeed ORECA setting times in the opening session. The fastest of the two was the #51 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA thanks to a 1:39.828 by Gabriel Aubry. The sister #52 car was a little slower with a time of 1:40.694.

Porsche finished 1-2 in GTLM with Patrick Pilet setting the fastest time in the #911 Porsche 911RSR, a time of 1:44.866 enough to put him at the top of the time sheets ahead of team mate Earl Bamber who posted a time of 1:45.028 in the #912 Porsche 911RSR.

Jeroen Bleekemolen went fastest in GT Daytona, the #33 Wynn's Mercedes AMG GT3 setting a time of 1:47.188.

All images courtesy of IMSA