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Fittipaldi Out Front With Eight Hours to Go

Action Express Racing out front with eight hours to go…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Action Express Racing is out front with eight hours remaining in what’s been an action-packed 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Christian Fittipaldi holds a narrow 1.7-second lead over the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP of Ryan Hunter-Reay in second and the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing entry making it a Corvette DP 1-2-3.

The No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda is fifth in the hands of Scott Sharp and on the tail end of the lead lap, as the lone-remaining P2 contender for overall honors following an attrition-filled race.

More trouble hit the No. 02 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford DP, which lost a further five laps after making a second trip to the garage and dropping outside of the top-10 overall.

GT Le Mans continues to be led by the No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin, with the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR in second and No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM making it three different manufacturers in the top-three.

Trouble hit the No. 62 Risi Competizone Ferrari 488 GTE, which lost four laps after mechanical issues.

Rene Rast leads the way in GT Daytona, with the German’s No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS holding a five-second advantage over the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 in second.

Prototype Challenge continues to be led by JDC Miller Motorsports, despite an accident for Kenton Koch, who lost nine of his 19-lap lead following suspension and bodywork repairs to their Oreca FLM09.

There’s been a total of nine retirements, including the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin and No. 21 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini, which both collided in the 15th hour.

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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