Laurens Vanthoor leads Porsche 1-2 in opening practice at VIR

Laurens Vanthoor set the fastest time in a Porsche one-two in opening practice for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, with Nick Tandy in second place.

The Belgian set a time of 01:41:296 in the #912 Porsche 911 RSR, 0.139s clear of Tandy in the #911. Vanthoor's fastest time came despite an off-track excursion in the final right-hander.

The GTLM teams would sort themselves nice in groups of two down the rest of the timing sheets, with the #67 and #66 Fords of Ryan Briscoe and Dirk Müller third and fourth respectively, ahead of the #3 and #4 Corvettes of Jan Magnussen and Tommy Milner.

The #24 BMW of John Edwards was less than a second behind Vanthoor in seventh, while Connor de Philippi was the only driver to post a gap over a second, setting a 01:43:019 to finish eighth in class.

GT Daytona would prove close, with the top ten separated by a second, with the top five consisting of five different manufacturers, Newly announced WEC debutant Ben Keating was quickest in the #33 Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3, his 01:44:336 putting him some three-tenths clear of Patrick Long in the #73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Andy Lally was third in the #44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, with Jack Hawksworth fourth in the #14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3. The top five was rounded out by Toni Vilander in the #63 Weathertech-branded Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3, with his 01:44:835 leaving him half a second behind Keating.