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Lieb Leads at Halfway Mark in Fuji

Marc Lieb out front in 6H Fuji at halfway mark…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Porsche leads at the halfway mark of the Six Hours of Fuji, with rain continuing to be a threat in the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Marc Lieb holds a 52-second lead over the No. 7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, with the Porsche 919 Hybrid excelling in the drying conditions at Fuji Speedway.

The No. 18 Porsche of Roman Dumas passed Marcel Fassler for the lead early in the third hour and extended his margin prior to s driver change to Lieb.

Porsche’s No. 17 entry runs third in the hands of Brendon Hartley, with light rain beginning to fall again.

The pair of Toyota TS040 Hybrids have had a challenging race, with contact with a GT car resulting in cooling damage for the No. 2 car, which is now in the garage, and the No. 1 car getting multiple pit lane infractions.

LMP2 is being led by the No. 47 KCMG Oreca 05 Nissan of Nick Tandy, after a turbulent start to the race for the class championship leaders.

While the No. 92 Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR led through the rain in GTE-Pro, the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari of Toni Vilander is out front in the class at the moment.

Marco Seefried, meanwhile, paces GTE-Am, with a one-lap lead in his No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche thanks to a mega stint in changing conditions.

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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