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Derani Leads at Halfway as Second Mazda DPi Hits Trouble

Mazda crash brings out caution period as 12H Sebring hits halfway…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

The No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R continues to lead the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Pipo Derani taking the Whelen Engineering-backed car through the halfway point.

The race entered its second half under Full Course Caution conditions after Jonathan Bomarito slid off track in the No. 55 Team Joest Mazda RT24-P DPi while running second.

Bomarito appeared to have been circulating with his left-side door open shortly before the accident happened on the approach to the Turn 13 right-hander.

The American driver managed to get the Mazda moving again and was able to return to the pits where the Joest mechanics started on repairs to the front-end damage.

This incident promoted the No. 5 Action Express Cadillac DPi up to second, while the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac progressed to third as the field went into a round of pit stops under caution.

Derani and his co-drivers Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr have led large parts of the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship so far, with their time at the front only interrupted by the DPi contenders that are running on alternate pit strategies.

The No. 84 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac is also in contention, while the two Team Penske Acura ARX-05 DPi cars are both outside the lead lap after early issues.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing controlled the first half of the GTLM class race with the No. 67 and No. 66 Ford GTs setting a fierce pace at the head of the field.

Scott Dixon and Joey Hans led the pack into the Full Course Caution pit stops as the Fords lost their 30-second plus advantage over the No. 63 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.

In GT Daytona, GRT Grasser Racing’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 led from the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Pfaff Motorsports with the top nine runners all jostling for position on the lead lap.

Performance Tech Motorsports’ Oreca 07 Gibson was streets ahead of the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca at halfway in LMP2.

Positions After 6 Hours

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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