The GTE-Pro class leader in 24 Hours has changed hands as both Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs are having issues with eight hours finish and dark hours in full flow.
Both Corvette Racing entries, including the leading number 63 car, experienced mechanical problems in the span of less than an hour that plunged them into the back of the GTE-Pro.
First, Nick Tandy brought car No. 64 to the garage to clear debris from the wheel arch, followed by a brake change, which knocked him off the podium.
Not long after, Antonio Garcia brought the Corvette No. The 63 fronted into the garage after suffering a left-rear suspension failure and has remained there ever since, with the car undergoing lengthy repairs.
With both cars spending time in the box, the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 from Michael Christensen takes the lead in the class.
Porsche’s sister Gianmaria Bruni moved up to second, with Alessandro Pier Guidi third at No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo. Tommy Milner brought the Corvette No. 64 got back on track and sat fourth after eight hours.
AF Corse’s No 52 Ferrari dropped to fifth after Miguel Molina suffered a stab to the front right.
In the battle for overall lead, No. 7 The Toyota GR010 Hybrid moved backwards in front of its sister car after losing the lead to a slow stop at the seventh hour.
Sebastien Buemi was able to take the lead after taking over from Ryo Hirakawa when the Toyota No. 7 experienced a slower-than-usual tire change when Kamui Kobayashi stepped in to hand over Mike Conway.
Buemi briefly led the field in front of Conway, before the Briton was able to close and outperform his team-mate at Daytona Chicane.
With 16 hours remaining, Conway has a narrow lead over Buemi, with two cars still in the lead.
Glickenhaus also experienced drama as the squad’s best car spun into the Tertre Rouge exit barrier with Olivier Pla at the helm. It was also taken to the garage to undergo repairs, but has since rejoined the race.
It makes No. The 709 Glickenhaus 007 Pipo became the team’s highest-placed American car, finishing third overall in the hands of Franck Mailleux but one lap behind Toyota.
JOTA continues to lead the LMP2 category, with Antonio Felix da Costa ahead with No. 38 Oreca 07 Gibson.
The Portuguese star took the lead from Prema Oreca No. The 9 belonged to Robert Kubica, with the JOTA brother car driven by Jonathan Aberdein in third.
Fabio Scherer finished fourth for the Inter Europol Competition with Team No. 31 WRT Oreca of Rene Rast finished fifth and counterattacked after securing a penalty in the opening hours of the race.
GTE-Am saw No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche continues to lead with Julien Andlauer at the helm, leading over the No. 77 Dempsey-Proton from Sebastian Priaulx.
Henrique Chaves of TF Sport was third ahead of David Pittard for NorthWest AMR while Absolute Racing Porsche No. 99 from Alessio Picariello round out the top five.
While three of the Porsches operated by Proton Competition were in the first five positions in their class, the German team’s number 93 car driven by Michael Fassbender was in the garage after the crash around the corner before Indianapolis.
Hollywood movie star was in contact with No. 61 AF Corse Ferrari from Vincent Abril, which caused the Porsche to go off course and hit the barrier.
Abril was given a one-minute stop-and-go penalty for causing the collision.