Sunday morning — or at least really, really early Sunday morning — saw drama for the No.8 Toyota as the car was dealt a 60-second stop-and-hold penalty for speeding in a slow zone. Sebastien Buemi served the penalty and emerged a full two minutes down on the sister car with Mike Conway at the wheel of the No.7 Toyota.
The major news of the hour was trouble for the No.81 BMW Team MTEK M8 GTE of Phillip Eng. The car was in the garage with frontal damage after contact out on circuit, and the subsequent repair cost three laps to the leading Porsches, the ‘Pink Pig’-liveried No.92 of Kevin Estre still 90 seconds clear of the sister ‘Rothmans’-liveried No.91 of Richard Lietz in the lead of the class.
That allowed the No.68 Ford Chip Ganassi USA Ford GT of Joey Hand up into third place in class, a minute down on the No.91
The Core Autosport-run No.94 Porsche was finally posted as an official retirement after earlier chassis and suspension damage for the brand-new car eventually forced Porsche’s hand.
There was little movement in the leading runners. The No.26 G-Drive Racing edged away from the pursuing No.36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470.
The WeatherTech-liveried No.84 JMW Ferrari of Cooper MacNeil continued its distant chase of the leading No.77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche with Matt Campbell at the wheel, with team co-owner Patrick Dempsey watching from the garage.
In third was the No.85 Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione Ferrari of Luca Stolz, 40 seconds back from the No.84.