Extreme Speed Motorsports have at last mounted a challenge on the Action Express Racing Corvette DPs up front, but the drama in the last two hours was a shunt between the #3 Corvette and the #911 Porsche.
Jan Magnussen’s #3 Corvette was in the process of passing a GT Daytona Audi around the outside in Turn 1, having just taken the GTLM lead from Kevin Estre in the #911 Porsche.
Estre, on the wet inside line, was on the inside of both and couldn’t stop in time, and T-boned the Corvette, sending both cars into the tire barrier and out of the race.
That left the #67 Ford GT, currently piloted by IndyCar’s four-time champion Scott Dixon, in charge of the GTLM category despite an earlier left-rear puncture. He’s pursued by the #25 and #100 BMW M6s of Bruno Spengler and John Edwards respectively and the #912 Porsche with Michael Christensen at the wheel.
The #4 Corvette has already been in trouble, as Marcel Fassler went off on slicks in the wet and collected debris on his front grille. It’s currently sixth in class.
Up front Pipo Derani was hunting down the Action Express Chevrolet DP duo, and was on the verge of splitting them at the end of the previous hour when he spun at the final turn.
However, following the yellow flag for the Magnussen/Estre clash, Derani was once more within striking distance, and on the restart passed Joao Barbosa’s #5 AX ’Vette to take second, and started hunting down Pruett. Still, Barbosa remains glued to the back of the ESM machine.
In PC, Colin Braun continued to lead for CORE autosport, followed by Jose Gutierrez in the PR1/Mathiasen car and Maro Engel for Starworks Motorsport.
GT Daytona is currently led by the #73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche of Patrick Lindsey, and he is being chased by the #51 Raffaele Giammaria-driven Spirit of Race Ferrari 458, with Bryan Sellers third in the Lamborghini Huracan run by Paul Miller Racing.