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Cameron Takes Lead After Second Hour at Road Atlanta

On different pit strategy, Cameron takes lead at Petit Le Mans…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Dane Cameron has taken the lead just past the two-hour mark in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP at Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.

It’s the second time Cameron has led, after also taking the lead just past the one-hour mark. On the first occasion, he pitted just before the second full-course caution, but Richard Westbrook regained the lead 20 minutes later.

Westbrook led Christian Fittipaldi for most of the second hour. Fittipaldi set the fastest lap of the race at 1:28.420 in the No. 5 Action Express Racing car on Lap 53 and closed on Westbrook’s No. 90 Racing entry, but was unable to get past.

Things got worse for Fittipaldi just before the two-hour mark, as Fittipaldi ran wide at the exit of the esses into the gravel.

The third full-course caution flew as this happened, but was actually called due to worsening track conditions as the rain intensified.

Meanwhile Nick Tandy continued his early-race charge in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, getting up to third overall in the GT Le Mans entry, and then second once Fittipaldi ran wide before handing off to points leader Patrick Pilet.

Pilet retains the GTLM lead following the latest pit stop sequence and change of drivers.

Johnny Mowlem led most of Prototype Challenge in the second hour, after taking over from first-hour leader Tom Kimber-Smith, with both entries due to run their Silver-rated drivers later on in the race.

On the pit stop cycle, Alex Popow moved into the lead in the No. 88 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09.

Spencer Pumpelly led GT Daytona in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America for most of the second hour, and relinquished it when he made his first pit stop at the one-hour, 37-minute mark.

Cameron Lawrence, and later Marc Goossens, retook the lead in the No. 93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R.

It was a tough second hour for both Corvette Racing entries.

Oliver Gavin had ran wide off course into Turn 1 in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R while running fifth in class, but reversed back onto the track without any major issues.

Meanwhile the sister No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia pitted to tape the windshield banner down, and also switched out an alternator belt.

The conditions also caught out Jon Bennett, Michael Marsal and Wolf Henzler, but they recovered from each of their spins or off-course excursions to resume.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony


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