24 Hours of Daytona: Albuquerque Holds WTR Lead Half Distance | IMSA SportsCar News – Motorsports

Wayne Taylor Racing Acura held a slight advantage at the midpoint of the 24 Hours of Daytona, while Filipari Bukerk slightly cleared Mike Rockenfeller’s Action Express Racing Cadillac.

Ricky Taylor remained in the lead after taking over from the Portuguese driver in the # 10 car.

Following a period of Cadillac domination favored by Action Express and Chip Ganassi Racing, the 11th hour full-course attention period (as a result of Frankie Montecarb’s Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 stopping at the bus stop chicane) leads the lead battle. I finished it.

At the start of the 10th hour, when Renger van der Zande jumped NASCAR’s legendary Jimmie Johnson in the pit stop phase, Ganassi effectively took the lead from AXR’s # 48 machine.

At the same time, the JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac was effectively eliminated from the competition when Tristan Vautier came into contact with the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R on Turn 1.

Van der Zande was good in about eight seconds when he pitted in to hand over to former Formula 1 star and IMSA Debutante Kevin Magnussen at the end of the hour, but Dane’s advantage was lost with the onset of attention.

When the yellow flag flew, all the top five pitted in, but at the restart, after taking over WTR Acura from Alexander Rossi, Albuquerque, who had risen to second place before the warning, swooped outside Magnussen to lead. did.

Albuquerque kept the lead until it stopped at the start of the 12th hour, and after pressure from Simon Pagenaud at the # 48 AXR Cadillac, it was past 3:40 am local time, leaving Rockenfeller slightly. It exceeded.

Magnussen was third and 12 seconds behind the leader, and NASCAR champion Chase Elliott was a Wellen Engineering-sponsored # 31 AXR Cadillac, 35 seconds ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya of Meyer Shank Racing Acura. I did.

The only Mazda returned to the lead lap thanks to caution, but had to pit in a new rear deck when the rear lights stopped working.

As a result, the RT24-P shared by Harry Tinknel, Jonathan Bomarito and Oliver Jarvis had three laps down and the JDC Mirror Cadillac had 46 laps down.

In LMP2, Setilla Racing Dallara led Oreca’s pinnacle of Starworks Car Tower Motorsport.

Matthieu Vaxiviere gained a Taworker advantage with Steven Thomas’ WIN Autosport Oreca pass, but was overridden by a vigilance period. This allowed Dallara, driven by Giorgio Sernagiotto, to take the lead.

Sernagiot handed over to Roberto La Corte at the end of 12 hours, but the Italians were still 25 seconds away from Vaxiviere at the midpoint. Christopher Mies was third in the only remaining DragonSpeed ​​car, one lap behind.

In LMP3, # 74 Riley Motorsport Ligier controlled Scott Andrews, leading # 6 Müllner Motorsport Duquene over three laps.

Sean Kulich Motorsport Ligier, who participated in the mix, was also three laps behind the lead after Wayne Boyd had to grab the steering wheel and go behind the wall.

Corvette Racing maintained 1-2 in the GT Le Mans class, and Nick Tandy on the # 4 car was about 6 seconds away from his sister, Jordan Taylor on the # 3 C8.R.

Tandy gained an advantage after taking over from Tommy Milner in the 10th hour. Taylor initially stayed within seconds of the Corvette rookie, but slowed down as the stint progressed, returning to third-placed Jesse clone BMW M8 GTE. ..

Rishi Compezizione’s Ferrari 488 GTE was careful to fall to 4th place in the class, following Corvette’s 3rd place long spell, while Philipp Eng’s second BMW was 5th.

In GT Daytona, HTP Winward Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 Maro Engel led Daniel Serra’s AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE by 23 seconds at the midpoint.

Prior to the warning, Ferrari in Simon Mann’s hands was good for more than 20 seconds, but the warning shuffled the order considerably and Michael Grunier rushed into the lead of the Sun Energy 1 Mercedes.

After moving up to second place, Engel made a Mercedes 1-2 before taking the lead in the second half of the 11 hours. Mann also passed Glenier before handing it over to factory Ferrari driver Sera.

Grenier ran in 3rd place ahead of Zachary Robition in Darren Turner and Puff Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R at Aston Martin in Heart of Racing.

Two of the class’s main candidates dropped as Paul Mirror Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 lost ground due to a brake change and the only surviving Vasser Sullivan Lexus lost five laps due to a reported water system problem. It was.

– Motorsports

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