The ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto led the way Friday morning as American Le Mans Series teams had their first practice session on the Miami Downtown Street Circuit for Saturday's Grand Prix Americas presented by Sportsbook.com.

Herbert was in the Champion Audi when it was clocked at 50.731 seconds around the 1.15-mile temporary circuit that includes portions of Bayfront Park and Biscayne Boulevard. His fast lap was just ahead of the 50.748s turned by the Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 of Frank Biela and Marco Werner. Third fastest overall and in the LMP 900 class was the #10 Panoz of Olivier Beretta and David Saelens at 52.412s.

JML Team Panoz suffered a double setback though when both of its cars were damaged in separate incidents. The #11 Panoz LMP01 driven by Gunnar Jeannette received the most damage when it spun and impacted a barrier in turn four, while the #10 car's rear wing had minor damage from an on-track altercation.

"I got into the turn and decided to downshift to second from third, and the rear end stepped out," said Jeannette. "I got into the wet and the car kept sliding and sliding and sliding. There was no time to correct it and the car hit the wall. I hope we have the parts to fix it, since the other car hit the wall too."

Leading the LMP 675 class was the Dyson Racing Lola EX257-MG of James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger at 53.012s, fourth overall. Second-fastest in class was the Dyson team car driven by Chris Dyson and Andy Wallace at 53.875s, followed by the Intersport Lola-MG of Jon Field and Duncan Dayton at 55.301s.

Fastest in the GTS class was the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R of Oliver Gavin and Kelly Collins at 53.318s, followed by the Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello of Tomas Enge and Peter Kox at 53.851s. The Team Olive Garden Ferrari of Mimmo Schiattarella and Emanuele Naspetti was third in class at 54.045s.

The GT class was led by the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen at 54.979s, followed by the Orbit Racing Porsche of Peter Baron and Marc Lieb at 55.246s. Third in class was the Risi Competizione Ferrari 360 Modena of Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro at 55.366s.

ALMS cars will return to the track at 12.40 pm [local time].

 

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