WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Denmark’s Michael Christensen drove his No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to the quickest practice time Friday at Watkins Glen Int’l in preparation for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge of Watkins Glen presented by TM Performance, the final doubleheader of the season.
Christensen, a 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner, was the only driver to break the one minute, 44 second barrier Friday with a 1:43.921 and an average speed of 116.81 mph at the famed 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course.
“Practice has been quite good for us today,” said Christensen, currently third in the GT Overall Sprint point standings entering this weekend. “Everything has been straight forward with the car from the first practice. We are now focusing on the details. This is not the first time for me here and we know what to do at this track. I really enjoy driving here. There are a lot of emotions going through the body driving here. There are fast corners, a lot of elevation changes and banked corners. It’s high speed. It’s quite exciting to drive.”
Taking the second-fastest spot in the GT division Friday was former GT champion Alvaro Parente in the No. 9 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3 with a 1:44.119 and 116.59 mph followed by current GT Overall point leader Toni Vilander in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 488 GT3 with a 1:44.206 and 116.49 mph.
Rounding out the top-five in the GT division Friday was young Rodrigo Baptista in the No. 3 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3 at 1:44.325 (116.36 mph) and Mario Farnbacher in the No. 93 HART Acura NSX GT3 at 1:44.370 (116.36 mph).
GT Sprint point leader Scott Hargrove finished sixth Friday in the No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol Porsche 911 GT3 R at 1:44.425 (116.24 mph).
Leading the GTA division in Friday practice was GT SprintX Am-Am champion Martin Fuentes in the No. 07 Squadra Corse Italia Ferrari 488 GT3 at 1:44.990 (115.62 mph) followed by Anthony Imperato in the No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R at 1:46.140 (114.37 mph).