Rolex 24 Hour 8: Acura in front; DragonSpeed leads LMP2

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Rolex 24 Hour 8: Acura in front; DragonSpeed leads LMP2


Rolex 24 Hour 8: Acura in front; DragonSpeed leads LMP2


After the shock exit of the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest DPi, the green flag waved following the fifth caution one minute into the eighth hour, and remained green for the next 59 minutes.

At the race’s 7h15s mark, Milos Pavlovic spun in the No. 47 Precision Performance Motorsports Lamborghini after contact with Paul Dalla Lana in the No. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari. The latter was issued a drive-through penalty for his part in the incident.


Kamui Kobayashi led in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac up until his pit stop at 7h24m, with the team installing Renger van der Zande behind the wheel. Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron were credited with the lead in the No. 6 Penske Acura. Jon Bennett then took the lead for two laps before pitting, turning the No. 54 CORE autosport Nissan DPi over to Colin Braun.

The two Team Penske Acuras ran 1-2 following Bennett’s stop, with Cameron leading the No. 7 of Ricky Taylor.

In GTLM, James Calado in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari passed Nick Tandy’s No. 911 Porsche for the lead, with seven of the nine cars still on the lead lap in the class.

Matt Campbell cut the left-rear tire in the chicane and took to the run-off area to limp back in the pits in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche.

With 16 hours remaining, Cameron led Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac by 13.510 seconds, followed by Ricky Taylor and van der Zande.

DragonSpeed’s Ryan Cullen continued to lead in LMP2, Alessandro Pier Guidi held the GTLM lead in the Risi Ferrari and Ben Keating helmed the GTD-leading No. 33 Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3.