Rolex 24 Hour 13: More drama in GTD; Cadillacs running 1-2

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Rolex 24 Hour 13: More drama in GTD; Cadillacs running 1-2

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Rolex 24 Hour 13: More drama in GTD; Cadillacs running 1-2

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The No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 driven by Justin Marks was penalized for passing under the yellow that opened the hour, which dropped him from second place in GT Daytona to 11th.

Calling back to the close of the previous hour where Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia ran out of fuel while leading GT Le Mans, the team spent a considerable amount of time getting the C7.R to re-fire after its tank was filled. A driver change was also completed, and with its prolonged stop complete, Mike Rockenfeller returned to the track nine laps down to the leader.

Up front, the lead block of Jordan Taylor, who controlled the race with ease as he built a gap of 10 seconds in his Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R over Acura Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 6 ARX-05, the No. 7 Acura with Alexander Rossi, and the Action Express Racing No. 31 Cadillac, pitted with 17 minutes left in the hour. Taylor held his lead after the stop, but both Acuras were beaten out by Nasr who claimed second.

Results

The Acura tandem of Rossi and Montoya saw the Colombian chase the American into Turn 1, attempt a pass around the outside, fail, and surrender third as slower cars blocked his path.

Continuing the rhythm of the race at the top of the field, the two Cadillac DPis of Taylor and Nasr led at the end of the hour, and the Acura duo held third and fourth; the No. 55 Mazda in fifth was the first car circulating off the lead lap.

In what’s beginning to feel like a cut-and-paste entry for yet another hour, DragonSpeed was in total command of LMP2 with its 1-2, and in GTLM, the Porsche GT Team was untroubled as its cars ran 1-2. Ford’s No. 66 GT was third.

With the No. 86 MSR Acura out of the leading GTD cluster, the No. 29 Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 was unpressured as a lead of 11 seconds to the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 and the No. 11 GRT Grasser Lamborghini Huracan GT3 stood, but with a pit stop looming, the Ferrari was set to inherit the lead.

Brake changes were a common sight throughout the hour, and the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche GTD team lost time tending to its lack of functional headlights.

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