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Albuquerque Leads as Rain Arrives

Filipe Albuquerque leads at one-quarter mark in Daytona…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Action Express Racing runs 1-2 in the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona, as rain has arrived at the one-quarter mark and first points-paying segment for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

Filipe Albuquerque holds a 10-second lead over the sister No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R of Mike Conway in second, with both cars, having previously pitted for rain tires.

The ex Audi LMP1 driver took over the lead from Jordan Taylor, who pitted just prior to the six-hour mark for Continental wets due to increasing rain.

The No. 81 DragonSpeed Oreca 07 Gibson, which was running fourth, has dropped down the running order after slowing on track earlier in the hour.

It’s promoted the No. 22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi of Bruno Senna to fourth, behind Taylor.

Trouble has also hit the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca, which briefly stopped on track, also with suspected electrical issues.

GT Le Mans is led by the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet, ahead of Sebastien Bourdais’ No. 66 Ford GT, which along with the majority of the class field, has also pitted for wets.

The No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Shane Van Gisbergen leads GT Daytona, despite two off-course excursions for the Kiwi in the tricky conditions, while on slicks.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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