Rolex 24 Hour 20: Battle for lead with 4 hours to go

The No. 4 Corvette is chasing down the leading GTLM Porsche 911 RSR
Courtesy of IMSA

We’ve hit the 20-hour mark in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The class of the field currently is Ricky Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette. Taylor holds a 14-second advantage over John Martin in the #9 Action Express Corvette. Martin’s teammate Christian Fittipaldi is less than a second behind in the #5 sister car.

Overall, it’s probably safe to say, the race for the overall win is down to six cars. The three mentioned above are the only cars on the lead lap. Three prototypes are currently one lap off the pace. Tony Kanaan is currently piloting the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford in fourth place. The #6 Muscle Milk Nissan Oreca is quietly putting together a strong race, and sits fifth with Alexander Brundle currently behind the wheel. Michael Valiante has the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette in sixth.

With his teammates now officially retired from the event, Porsche North America’s Richard Lietz continues to lead in GTLM in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. He has a 10.7-second lead over Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette C7R, with BMW Team RLL teammates Graham Rahal (No. 56) and Andy Priaulx (No. 55) third and fourth, one lap down.

Colin Braun leads PC in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09, while Townsend Bell leads GTD as Level 5 Motorsports continues to set the pace in the No. 555 Ferrari 458 Italia.

Look for traffic to play a key factor as we enter the final few hours. Although, the race has been pretty clean, many of the experienced Prototype drivers have noted that the track is very full this year, and that they underestimated how difficult it would be.

Brian C. reporting for AR1

Hour 20 Standings

Pos Class No. Current Driver Car Laps Behind Gap
1 P 10 Jordan Taylor CORVETTE DP 579 0.000s 0.000s
2 P 9 John Martin CORVETTE DP 579 15.482 15.482
3 P 5 Christian Fittipaldi CORVETTE DP 579 17.088 1.606
4 P 2 Tony Kanaan FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY 578 1 Laps 1 Laps
5 P 6 Alexander Brundle NISSAN ORECA 578 1 Laps 10.345
6 P 90 Michael Valiante CORVETTE DP 577 2 Laps 1 Laps
7 GTLM 911 Richard Lietz PORSCHE 911 RSR 566 13 Laps 11 Laps
8 GTLM 4 Oliver Gavin CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R 566 13 Laps 10.776
9 GTLM 56 Graham Rahal BMW Z4 GTE 565 14 Laps 1 Laps
10 PC 54 Colin Braun ORECA FLM09 564 15 Laps 1 Laps
11 GTLM 55 Bill Auberlen BMW Z4 GTE 563 16 Laps 1 Laps
12 PC 7 Alex Popow ORECA FLM09 562 17 Laps 1 Laps
13 P 42 Gustavo Yacaman NISSAN MORGAN 562 17 Laps 33.494
14 PC 25 Rob Huff ORECA FLM09 561 18 Laps 1 Laps
15 P 2 Anthony Lazzaro HPD ARX-03B 561 18 Laps 51.353
16 GTLM 93 Kuno Wittmer SRT VIPER GTS-R 560 19 Laps 1 Laps
17 GTLM 91 Ryan Hunter-Reay SRT VIPER GTS-R 559 20 Laps 1 Laps
18 PC 38 Julio Campos ORECA FLM09 556 23 Laps 3 Laps
19 PC 52 Gunnar Jeannette ORECA FLM09 551 28 Laps 5 Laps
20 GTD 58 Marco Seefried PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 550 29 Laps 1 Laps
21 GTD 555 Townsend Bell FERRARI 458 ITALIA 549 30 Laps 1 Laps
22 GTD 45 Spencer Pumpelly AUDI R8 LMS 549 30 Laps 44.923
23 GTD 72 Mikhail Aleshin FERRARI 458 ITALIA 549 30 Laps 6.929
24 GTLM 97 Stefan Mucke ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 548 31 Laps 1 Laps
25 GTD 556 Milo Valverde FERRARI 458 ITALIA 547 32 Laps 1 Laps
26 GTD 22 Shane Van Gisbergen PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 547 32 Laps 10.647
27 PC 8 Sam Bird ORECA FLM09 546 33 Laps 1 Laps
28 GTD 35 Dion Von Moltke AUDI R8 LMS 546 33 Laps 20.352
29 GTD 94 Markus Palttala BMW Z4 545 34 Laps 1 Laps
30 P 1 Sage Karam FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY 544 35 Laps 1 Laps
31 GTD 30 Nicki Thiim PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 542 37 Laps 2 Laps
32 GTD 64 John Farano FERRARI 458 ITALIA 538 41 Laps 4 Laps
33 GTD 65 Daniel Serra FERRARI 458 ITALIA 538 41 Laps 130.376
34 GTD 63 Toni Vilander FERRARI 458 ITALIA 534 45 Laps 4 Laps
35 GTD 44 Andy Lally PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 533 46 Laps 1 Laps
36 GTD 73 Jason Hart PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 532 47 Laps 1 Laps
37 P 31 Max Papis CORVETTE DP 530 49 Laps 2 Laps
38 GTD 23 Alex Riberas PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 530 49 Laps 38.319
39 GTD 49 David Rigon FERRARI 458 ITALIA 529 50 Laps 1 Laps
40 P 50 Jim Pace DINAN/RILEY 524 55 Laps 5 Laps
41 GTD 48 Bryce Miller AUDI R8 LMS 522 57 Laps 2 Laps
42 GTLM 57 Andrea Bertolini FERRARI F458 ITALIA 518 61 Laps 4 Laps
43 GTD 28 Christian Englehart PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 517 62 Laps 1 Laps
44 GTD 7 James Davison ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE 508 71 Laps 9 Laps
45 GTD 51 Michele Rugolo FERRARI 458 ITALIA 506 73 Laps 2 Laps
46 GTD 33 Emmanuel Collard SRT VIPER GT3-R 501 78 Laps 5 Laps
47 GTD 19 Robert Gewirtz PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 497 82 Laps 4 Laps
48 GTLM 912 Michael Christensen PORSCHE 911 RSR 489 90 Laps 8 Laps
49 P 60 Oswaldo Negri Jr FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY 483 96 Laps 6 Laps
50 GTD 18 Brad Blum PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 479 100 Laps 4 Laps
51 GTD 27 Joe Foster PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 455 124 Laps 24 Laps
52 GTD 71 Timo Bernhard PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 454 125 Laps 1 Laps
53 GTD 81 Damien Faulkner PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 450 129 Laps 4 Laps
54 P 7 Tristan Nunez MAZDA SKYACTIV-D 430 149 Laps 20 Laps
55 GTD 9 Robert Nimkoff ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE 405 174 Laps 25 Laps
56 P 70 James Hinchcliffe MAZDA SKYACTIV-D 369 210 Laps 36 Laps
57 PC 8 Chris Cumming ORECA FLM09 361 218 Laps 8 Laps
58 P 1 David Brabham HPD ARX-03B 359 220 Laps 2 Laps
59 PC 87 Doug Bielefeld ORECA FLM09 351 228 Laps 8 Laps
60 GTLM 3 Jan Magnussen CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R 329 250 Laps 22 Laps
61 P 0 Katherine Legge DELTAWING DWC13 288 291 Laps 41 Laps
62 P 78 Sebastian Saavedra DINAN/RILEY 238 341 Laps 50 Laps
63 PC 9 Gustavo Menezes ORECA FLM09 177 402 Laps 61 Laps
64 GTD 32 James Sofronas AUDI R8 LMS 151 428 Laps 26 Laps
65 P 99 Memo Gidley CORVETTE DP 92 487 Laps 59 Laps
66 GTLM 62 Matteo Malucelli FERRARI F458 ITALIA 88 491 Laps 4 Laps
67 GTD 46 Charlie Putman AUDI R8 LMS 5 574 Laps 83 Laps

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