Trouble befell the Rolex 24 GT Daytona class pole-sitting No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in the 16th hour when the Dennis Olsen was forced to pull the car behind the wall with an apparent mechanical issue.
The Canadian outfit dominated the early stages of the race and made frequent appearances in the top five overnight until the misfortune struck.
Renger van der Zande continues to lead overall in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R with fellow Cadillac runners Sebastien Bourdais and Felipe Nasr running 2-3 for JDC-Miller Motorsports and Action Express Racing, respectively.
Gabriel Aubry holds the lead in LMP2 for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports in the No. 52 entry that has dominated the class to date. Ben Hanley in the No. 81 DragonSpeed Oreca 07 Gibson is the only other driver on Aubry’s lap, with Ryan Lewis running a distant third some 10 laps adrift for Era Motorsport.
GT Le Mans continues to be the closest of the four classes with a three-way battle unfolding at the front between the No. 912 and 911 Porsches and the No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE.
A few minutes before two-thirds distance, Krohn planted his BMW up the inside of Vanthoor’s Porsche on the infield to take the category lead.
Nick Tandy is currently running third in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR-19, ahead of Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R which is also on the lead lap.
Lamborghini has risen to the top of the GT Daytona standings with the No. 44 Magnus Team GRT Huracan GT3 Evo of Spencer Pumpelly holding a 23-second edge over Andrea Caldarelli in the No. 48 for Paul Miller Racing.
Lamborghini-turned-Audi factory ace Mirko Bortolotti holds third for WRT Speedstar in the No. 88 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo, followed by the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 of Jeff Westphal and Jens Klingmann in Turner’s BMW M6 GT3.