Honda Racing Thunderhill 25H hour six report

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A quick update at the 6-hour mark of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, as there have been major changes in the E3 class. Sage Marie lost control and crashed the leading ...

A quick update at the 6-hour mark of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, as there have been major changes in the E3 class.

Sage Marie lost control and crashed the leading #93 CR-Z on Lap 113, while nearing the end of this second stint and holding a one-lap lead over the #2 Miata Cage Racing Mazda Miata. The Honda snapped sideways exiting Turn 2 and rolled to the inside approaching Turn 3. Marie was not injured, but the crash resulted in an full-course caution. The #93 was brought back to the paddock area by a wrecker, and repair work to the roof, windshield and front valence continues on the CR-Z at this hour.

After being delayed twice in the early hours with refueling issues, resulting in two 5-minute "stop-and-wait" penalties, the #19 CR-Z continues it's recovery effort. With Chad Gilsinger driving, the Honda has been making up a lap an hour on the E3 class leaders and is currently sixth in the E3 class, 3 laps down to the leading #29 Mazda Miata. Lawson Aschenbach, originally assigned to the #93 car, has just taken over driving duties on the #19 CR-Z as HPD adjusts the driver lineup to maximize our chances for the class win.

Meanwhile, the Team Honda Reseach "B-Spec" Fit continues to have an untroubled run. The #15 car is running eighth in E3, more than three laps ahead of the quickest of two other "B-Spec" Mazda2s in the field as Scott Nicol drives.

Night has fallen at Thunderhill, and there are occasional light showers.

-source: honda racing

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