Rolex 24 Hour 23: Distance record broken entering final hour

Rolex 24 Hour 23: Distance record broken entering final hour

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Rolex 24 Hour 23: Distance record broken entering final hour

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Action Express Racing continued to run 1-2 as the clock struck the 23rd hour of the Rolex 24.

Filipe Albuquerque completed 774 laps with an hour remaining in the No.5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. – breaking the all-time mark for laps run (762 in 1992) – and was within two circuits of also breaking the 1982 all-time mileage record.

Mike Conway ran second in the No.31 Action Express team car – two laps down – pressured by Colin Braun in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA. Complicating matters is a drive time issue for Stuart Middleton, who is just minutes shy of meeting the requirement, forcing the team to make a driver change in the final hour. 

Bruno Senna was fourth in the No.32 United Autosports Ligier, followed by Antonio Felix da Costa in the No.78 Jackie Chan DCR ORECA.

“It’s been a difficult one,” said David Cheng, who manages the DCR team. “Not just us, but up and down the grid a lot of punctures, a lot of ripped up bodywork. We’re looking good right now. Not much has happened since the night – something to do with the temperatures. But we’re on our last tail, last nose.

“We’ve had a difficult race. But we have one car fighting between third and fifth, and a bit unfortunate for the other car – it suffered a lot of damage coming in from one of the punctures. Otherwise, it was running quite good. Now, it’s coming down to sprinting time – while still trying to protect the car.”

In GTLM, the Ford team is looking to give Chip Ganassi his 200th victory. The Ford GTs continue to run 1-2, with Ryan Briscoe in the No.67 leading Joey Hand in the No.66 by 4.269 seconds.

The No. 11 GRT Lamborghini Huracan GT3 continues to run up front in GTD with Mirko Bortolotti at the wheel. Second, 38.618 seconds back, was Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No.33 Mercedes, followed by Alvaro Parente in the No.86 Acura and Andrea Caldarelli in the No.48 Lamborghini.

 

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