Class Battles Continue As Patrón Endurance Cup Enters Final Hours At Mobil 1 Twelve Hours Of Sebring
Saturday, March 18, 2017

As the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida approaches the evening hours, so does a potential rematch between the top two finishers in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup standings.   

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, which won the IMSA WeatherTech Championship season-opening Rolex 24, leads the Rolex 24 runner-up No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R with four hours remaining. By leading at the second of three four-hour points-paying segments in the Patrón Endurance Cup, the No. 10 team with driver Alex Lynn in the cockpit opened up a two-point lead, 27-25, over the No. 5 team.

The battle in GT Le Mans (GTLM) continues to tighten with seven cars from five different manufacturers sitting within two laps of the race-leading No. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Billy Johnson. Of the Patrón Endurance Cup contenders, Frédéric Makowiecki and the No. 911 Porsche GT Team finished second at the end of the second segment, scoring four points and breaking a tie atop the Patrón Endurance Cup class standings, 24-22, over the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, which runs fourth.

Leading at the end of each of the two Patrón Endurance Cup segments at Sebring, the No. 33 Riley Motorsports-Team AMG Mercedes-AMG GT3 has moved from fifth to first in the GT Daytona (GTD) standings. The No. 86 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 team – which entered the race atop the Patrón Endurance Cup standings – sits in a tie for second with the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3, two points back (20-18), after scoring the minimum two points in each of the two segments.

The No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09 remains perfect in the Patrón Endurance Cup standings in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class. After leading all four segments en route to victory in the Rolex 24, the team has led each of two segments so far at Sebring. Consequently, the No. 38 team has a widened its Patrón Endurance Cup points lead to 10 points, 30-20, over the No. 26 BAR1 Motorsports entry that was running third at the end of the eight-hour mark.

The final hours of the Twelve Hours of Sebring can be seen live on FS1.

View full results via Al Kamel Systems at Results.IMSA.com.

NOTEBOOK

  • The No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM of Nicky Catsburg suffered damage after contact with the Turn 1 tires shortly before the race’s halfway point. The car was taken back to the paddock and later returned to the track, currently running ninth, 84 laps down.
     
  • The TOTAL Pole Award-winning No. 13 Rebellion Racing ORECA raced its way back to within a lap of the lead lap, after losing two laps earlier in the race with an engine starter wire issue. That progress was stunted, however, after the car had to go back to the paddock for an alternator change.
     
  • Attrition has been the story in the Prototype class. In addition to the Rebellion entry going behind the wall, both the No. 2 and No. 22 Tequila Patrón Nissan DPi have retired with mechanical issues. The No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Multimatic/Riley LM P2 and No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier have also spent time behind the wall. 

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