After passing both Helio Castroneves and Christian Fittipaldi on track, Mike Conway took the lead in moments later on Lando Norris’ pit stop to highlight the sixth hour of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The hour began with an unexpected rain shower. Several competitors opted to stay out on slick tires – thinking the shower would pass – but most of them opted to pit when the precipitation turned to a downpour.
Norris worked his way from sixth to third in the No.23 United Autosports Ligier JSP217, and then inherited the lead on the stops for Castroneves and Fittipaldi. Castroneves had taken the lead in the No.7 Acura ARX-05 by passing Fittipaldi’s No.5 Cadillac midway through the hour, with Fittipaldi regaining the position on the pit stops. Nevertheless, Conway passed both cars in the No.31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac.
At the one-quarter distance, Conway led Castroneves by 7.705 seconds, with Fittipaldi another second back. Jordan Taylor – who had fallen back due to puncture – had gone to rain tires and rebounded to take fourth in the No.10 Konica Minolta Cadillac.
In GTLM, Patrick Pilet remained on slick tires in the No.911 Porsche 911 RSR, working his way to take the class lead over the Fords of Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon.
Sheldon van der Linde retained the GTD lead in the No.29 Montaplast Audi, followed by Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No.33 Mercedes.
Bill Auberlen cut a right-front tire in Turn 2 at the 5h42m mark, and while the veteran managed to keep the No.25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTLM from hitting the SAFER Barrier, the right-front bodywork was damaged in the incident and Auberlen was forced to take the car to the garage.
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