Eric Curran leads three hours into Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R. Both Mazdas briefly ran up front during green-flag pit stops, and racing continued under green-flag conditions for the second straight hour.
Curran led Jordan Taylor’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R by .776s, followed by Nicolas Lapierre in the No. 22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi, 2.77 seconds back.
Alessandro Pier Guidi led in GTLM in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, followed by Ryan Briscoe in Gianmaria Bruni in the No. 912 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR and Frederic Makowiecki in the No. 911 RSR.
In GTD, Sheldon van der Linde leads in the No. 29 Montaplast Audi R8 LMS GT3, followed by Corey Lewis in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and Kyle Marcelli in the No. 14 Team 3GT Lexus RCF GT3.
Team Joest continues to show superior fuel mileage while also holding on with the lead Prototypes. Spencer Pigot led briefly midway through the hour before turning the No. 55 Mazda RT-24-P over to Harry Tincknell, with Oliver Jarvis then leading a lap in the No. 77 before pitting in favor of Tristan Nunez.
Jordan Taylor had a scare when he exited the pit at the 2h45m mark. Taylor had been leaving when he pitted in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, which was spewing steam during the stop. On his pit exit, Taylor had contact with Andy Lally’s No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3, with both cars continuing.
Here’s Lally’s explanation after his stint:
This was a wild moment. Just perfect (worst) timing as the P cars excel so hard as they come out of the pits to blend in. I lifted but at that point, especially with the bumps there was no avoiding him. @jordan10taylor made a huge save! Sorry buddy! https://t.co/agU7x0tNXt
— Andy Lally (@AndyLally) March 17, 2018
Kuno Wittmer was served a stop-and-go penalty for an unsafe pit exact for contact with Gustavo Yacaman in the No. 52 AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier JSP217.
The hour also saw Jan Magnussen take the defending GTLM race-winning No. 3 Corvette Racing C7.R to the garage for the second time with alternator problems, with the car remaining in the paddock at the end of the hour.