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No. 31 Action Express Corvette DP Catches Fire in Hour 15

Dane Cameron bails out of Action Express Corvette after fire…

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The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa leads the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona with 15 hours complete, following drama for the sister No. 31 car, which caught fire in the pits.

Dane Cameron bailed from the race-contending No. 31 Corvette DP when it caught fire while refueling. Cameron was uninjured and the team managed to get the car back on track without losing a lap.

Ryan Hunter-Reay runs second in the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP, with Brendon Hartley third in the No. 01 Ford Chip Ganassi Riley-Ford DP.

Tequila Patron ESM’s Johannes van Overbeek led prior to his pit stop and driver change to Scott Sharp, in the sole-remaining P2 car in contention for the race.

Corvette Racing leads GT Le Mans, after what’s largely been a Porsche 1-2 affair in recent hours.

A suspected brake disc failure caused Lucas Luhr to crash hard into the Turn 1 wall in the 13th hour, bringing out the 15th full-course caution of the race. Luhr was uninjured but it marked retirement for the debuting No. 100 BMW M6 GTLM.

Despite Luhr’s exit, eight cars remain on the lead lap in the class.

It’s been a challenging race for Prototype Challenge, with the class-leading No. 85 JDC Miller Motorsports Oreca FLM09 the latest to hit trouble just at the 15-hour mark.

Kenton Koch, who had an 18-lap lead over the nearest competitor, suffered an accident, damaging the nose and suspension. Koch limped the car back to the pits and is currently still listed as the leader, but his lead dwindling.

The No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Markus Palttala is out front in GT Daytona, ahead of the No. 540 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and No. 98 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

There’s been a further two cautions, one for the pole-sitting No. 37 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR01 Nissan of Nic Minassian stopping on track and another for a clash between the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and the No. 21 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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