Priaulx fastest in first Sebring Porsche Carrera Cup North America practice

Sebastian Priaulx continued his pre-season testing form as he topped the time sheet on the first day of the opening race weekend of the 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup North America at Sebring International Raceway.

Priaulx set a time of 2:03.652 to lead the way, with his fastest lap coming on his fourth lap of the 3.74-mile circuit, his nearest challenger Leh Keen in the 311RS Motorsport car was a tenth of a second behind with Priaulx’s Kelly-Moss Racing team-mate Kay van Berlo in third place.

In the Pro-Am class Alan Metni completed 13 laps during the half-hour session and finished fasted in class with a time of 2:05.772, placing him thirteenth overall. His nearest competitor was Thomas Collingwood in the BGB Motorsports car, 0.124 seconds behind.

Kurt Hunt led the way for the Pro-Am 991 class, featuring the previous generation of 911 GT3 Cup cars, the ACI Motorsports driver set a fastest time of 2:06.846 and was ranked eighteenth overall. The Goldcrest Motorsports duo of Matt Halcome and Jeffrey Majkrzak rounded out the top three in class.

The session was almost incident free, with just one interruption when Hutton McKenna lost control of the #88 Wright Motorsports car on turn 16. The car ended up in the wall and McKenna walked away uninjured; The team are currently accessing the damage ahead of further running tomorrow, including the first race of the year.

Thursday will see a 30-minute practice session in the morning followed by a 30-minute qualifying session. The inaugural race of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America will get underway 5:50pm EST.

Pos. Class Driver Team Lap Time Diff
1 Pro Seb Priaulx Kelly-Moss Road and Race 2:03.652
2 Pro Leh Keen 311RS Motorsport 2:03.752 +0.100
3 Pro Kay van Berlo Kelly-Moss Road and Race 2:03.820 +0.168
4 Pro Riley Dickinson Team Hardpoint EBM 2:04.080 +0.428
5 Pro Dylan Murry BGB Motorsports 2:04.094 +0.442
6 Pro Maxwell Root Moorespeed-Wright Motorsports 2:04.143 +0.491
7 Pro Ryan Gates 311RS Motorsport 2:04.520 +0.868
8 Pro TJ Fischer Topp Racing 2:04.798 +1.146
9 Pro Parker Thompson JDX Racing 2:04.926 +1.274
10 Pro Sean McAlister JDX Racing 2:05.013 +1.361
11 Pro Hutton McKenna Wright Motorsports 2:05.475 +1.823
12 Pro Sebastian Carazo Kelly-Moss Road and Race 2:05.594 +1.942
13 Pro-Am Alan Metni iFly/Kelly-Moss 2:05.772 +2.120
14 Pro-Am Thomas Collingwood BGB Motorsports 2:05.896 +2.244
15 Pro-Am Efrin Castro Team Hardpoint EBM 2:06.112 +2.460
16 Pro-Am Rene Robichaud Kelly-Moss Road and Race 2:06.343 +2.691
17 Pro-Am John Goetz Wright Motorsports 2:06.555 +2.903
18 PA 991 Kurt Hunt ACI Motorsports 2:06.846 +3.194
19 PA 991 Matt Halcome Goldcrest Motorsports 2:06.867 +3.215
20 PA 991 Jeffrey Majkrzak Goldcrest Motorsports 2:07.060 +3.408
21 Pro-Am Tim Pappas JDX Racing 2:07.208 +3.556
22 Pro-Am Curt Swearingin ACI Motorsports 2:07.534 +3.882
23 PA 991 Grady Willingham Goldcrest Motorsports 2:07.576 +3.924
24 PA 991 Frank Raso Topp Racing 2:07.903 +4.251
25 Pro-Am Vernon McClure TPC Racing 2:08.266 +4.614
26 PA 991 Phillip Martien Goldcrest Motorsports 2:08.856 +5.204
27 PA 991 Joe Still Goldcrest Motorsports 2:09.286 +5.634
28 PA 991 Joseph Lombardo Kelly-Moss Road and Race 2:10.338 +6.686
29 Pro-Am Bill Smith Topp Racing 2:10.913 +7.261
30 PA 991 Craig Conway Irish Mike’s Racing 2:11.585 +7.933
31 PA 991 Tom Balames Kelly-Moss Road and Race 2:12.575 +8.923
32 PA 991 Ted Giovanis ACI Motorsports 2:17.274 +13.622
33 Pro Erik Johansson MRS GT Racing No Time
34 Pro Jeff Kingsley MRS GT Racing No Time

Live timing and scoring of every session, a direct link to the live video feed, and more information on North America’s first Porsche Carrera Cup can be found at

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