Sebring 12 Hour 9: Nasr retains lead, van der Zande up to second

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Sebring 12 Hour 9: Nasr retains lead, van der Zande up to second

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Sebring 12 Hour 9: Nasr retains lead, van der Zande up to second

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Suspense continues to build with three hours remaining at Sebring, as Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelen Cadillac leads Renger van der Zande in the No. 10 Konica Minolta/Wayne Taylor Racing entry and Brendon Hartley in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac — the only cars on the lead lap.

Richard Westbrook led GTLM in the No. 67 Ford GT (pictured), followed by the No. 3 Corvette now driven by Antonio Garcia. The No. 66 Ford had a long run in second before losing several positions early in the hour. This was due to that car switching to a harder Michelin compound; it didn’t work, and they went back to the softer compound and held third with Sebastien Bourdais at the wheel.

Pole winner Trent Hindman regained the lead in GTD in the No. 86 Shank Acura, followed by Felipe Fraga in the No. 33 Mercedes and Toni Vilander in the No. 63 Ferrari.

Andrew Evans increased Performance Tech’s LMP2 lead to 20 laps.

After beginning the race under caution for 21 minutes behind the pace car, there have been only two caution periods — both for incidents involving Mazdas — adding 24 addition minutes of yellow.

It’s also been relatively dry. There a few sprinkles around 5 p.m., and while heavy rain had been forecast after 9 p.m., the forecast is changing for the better, with possible showers in the final hour.

The pole-winning No. 6 now driven by Juan Pablo Montoya is ninth, but nine laps behind due to lengthy stops for electrical issues.

The No. 4 Corvette had a lengthy stop early in the race due to a broken alternator belt.

HOUR 9 STANDINGS

 

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