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Hinchcliffe tops disrupted final practice

  • Published on 06 Apr 2019 18:36
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

James Hinchliffe has topped the final practice session of the weekend in Barber, starting where he left off on Friday - on top of the timesheets. 

The Canadian's best lap was a 1:08.735, which was set right at the end of the session, as drivers managed one final lap following a red due to an off from Graham Rahal.

Rahal wasn't the only driver that found trouble, as Marcus Ericsson, Hinchcliffe's teammate, hit the barrier at Turn 2 after he drifted out wide. Moments before Ericsson's off, Ryan Hunter-Reay ventured off at the same corner, taking the grass path back onto the race track.

Sebastien Bourdais was second ahead of Scott Dixon in third, as the reigning champion sets his eyes on a strong qualifying as he aims to take his first win at the Alabama circuit.

Colton Herta was fourth, leading Takuma Sato, who was one of many drivers to find the grass at some point during the session.

Spencer Pigot was sixth in the ECR car, heading Barber's 2016 race winner Simon Pagenaud. 

As he looks to continue his strong start to IndyCar, Felix Rosenqvist was eighth. Max Chilton was ninth, while Alexander Rossi rounded out the top ten as the leading Andretti car.

The other two Penske's of Will Power and Josef Newgarden were down in 15th and 17th respectively, and will both be looking for a leap in pace for qualifying as they boast five Barber wins between them. 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1:08.7351       -
2. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 1:09.0351 +0.3000
3. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:09.2334 +0.4983
4. Colton Herta Harding Racing 1:09.2444 +0.5093
5. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Racing
1:09.2692 +0.5341
6. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 1:09.2784 +0.5433
7. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 1:09.2837 +0.5486
8. Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 1:09.2884 +0.5533
9. Max Chilton Carlin 1:09.3113 +0.5762
10. Alexander Rossi  Andretti Autosport 1:09.3481 +0.6130
11. Patricio O'Ward Carlin 1:09.4272 +0.6921
12. Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing 1:09.4540 +0.7189
13. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 1:09.4794 +0.7443
14. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 1:09.5282 +0.7931
15. Will Power Team Penske 1:09.5959 +0.8608
16. Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:09.6287 +0.8936
17. Josef Newgarden Team Penske 1:09.7409 +1.0058
18. Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:09.8630 +1.1279
19. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Racing
1:09.9723 +1.2372
20. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 1:10.0384 +1.3033
21. Marcus Ericsson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1:10.1552 +1.4201
22. Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing 1:10.5587 +1.8236
23. Ben Hanley DragonSpeed 1:10.9123 +2.1772
24. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 1:11.0864 +2.3513

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