Sebring 12hr, Hour 9 – Close battles at the front of each class

As the Sebring classic moves into its final quarter, a strong favorite has yet to emerge in any of the classes, with only Joao Barbosa showing consistent pace up front.

Eric Curran spun the #31 Corvette DP out of second place chasing its Action Express Racing teammate on a restart, dropping to fifth in class. Soon after, Johannes van Overbeek spun the Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier-Honda out of third although that #2 car, winner of the Rolex 24, is now back up to third, split from the leader by IndyCar’s 2012 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay who has the #90 VisitFlorida Corvette DP in second.

Lucas Luhr spun the #100 BMW M6 out of second in class after a clash with a PC car, again while chasing its teammate, the #25 of Bill Auberlen.

That has allowed Giancarlo Fisichella to move the Ferrari 488 of Risi Competizione into second, chased by Frederic Makowiecki in the #912 Porsche and Oliver Gavin in the #4 Corvette.

Down in GTD, Markus Palttala made a decisive pass on Robin Liddell in the Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 to put the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 into second and stalk the #16 Lamborghini Huracan piloted by Corey Lewis.

The sad loss was the #73 Park Place Motorsports car, which expired at pit-out with Jan Heylen at the wheel. 

In PC, Jose Gutierrez had just moved into the class lead on a restart when he spun the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport car in reaction to van Overbeek’s indiscretion. Currently Mark Wilkins leads for CORE autosport with Tom Kimber-Smith now behind the wheel of #52 in second.

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