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Porsche Leads Opening Hour in Mexico

Brendon Hartley leads over Nick Tandy in opening hour in Mexico…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Porsche holds control of the Six Hours of Mexico after a dominant opening hour by the German manufacturer.

The No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Brendon Hartley holds a one-second gap over teammate Nick Tandy, following the first round of fuel-only pit stops for the LMP1 hybrids.

The pair of Porsches extended to a 30-plus second lead over the Toyota TS050 Hybrids prior to the stops.

LMP2 is led by the No. 31 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07 Gibson of Nico Prost, which enjoyed a 30-plus second class lead in the hands of Bruno Senna prior to a driver and tire change.

The No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca of Alex Lynn, who took fuel only, runs two seconds behind in second.

The No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE of Sam Bird and Pedro Lamy’s No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE paces GTE-Pro and GTE-Am, respectively.

Contact between the No. 61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari of Mok Weng Sun and Michael Christensen’s No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR, resulted in a drive-through penalty and subsequent second penalty for speeding in the pit lane for the Singapore driver. 

Brake trouble, meanwhile, halted the No. 97 Aston Martin’s charge, with Darren Turner losing more than 15 laps in the garage in the opening 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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