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Albuquerque Leads After Four Hours

Albuquerque holds a comfortable lead after four hours at Sebring…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Filipe Albuquerque holds a comfortable lead over Jordan Taylor after four hours in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, marking the first chance for teams to earn points toward the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

The No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R has led largely unchallenged since the most recent restart, with the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac moving up into second after a fierce duel between Alex Lynn and Chris Miller in the third place No. 85 Oreca 07 Gibson for JDC-Miller Motorsports.

Only the top three cars remain on the lead lap in the Prototype class, with the No. 13 Rebellion Racing Oreca running fourth one lap behind the leaders and the No. 22 ESM Nissan Onroak DPi in fifth two laps off the pace.

Richard Westbrook leads a Ford GT 1-2 in GT Le Mans ahead of Sebastien Bourdais.

The front-running No. 67 entry is on a slightly different fuel strategy than the rest of the GTLM front runners, allowing Bourdais in the No. 66 has worked his way up to the lead for a time during a cycle of pit stops.

Riley Team AMG continues to lead in GT Daytona with Jeroen Bleekemolen holding down the top spot over Alessandro Balzan in the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 for Scuderia Corsa.

The defending GTLM class-winning No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R has been forced to retire after encountering overheating issues that cannot be remedied at the track.

Problems also arose for two Prototype teams, as the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P of Spencer Pigot which was pulled into the garage after a lengthy pit stop that saw the team spend significant time under the engine cowling.

Shortly thereafter, the No. 52 Ligier JS P217 Gibson returned to the garage due to shifting issues.

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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