Four hours are left to run in the 2020 IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona, with all four class victories up for grabs. Night has come and gone, and the sun is shining on Daytona International Speedway. Who will come out on top once the clock strikes “24:00?”
A duo of Cadillac DPi machines lead a duo of Mazda DPi cars, with the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac driven by Ryan Briscoe leads the No. 5 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac of Joao Barbosa. The No. 10 WTR Cadillac suffered a penalty during the 19th hour as Ryan Briscoe excited pit lane while the red light was on, resulting in a stop and hold for sixty seconds. This relegated the No. 10 one lap down to leaders, but the team has fought over the last hour to regain the lead. Olivier Jarvis holds onto third in the No. 77 Mazda, while the teammate No. 55 driven by Johnathan Bomarito runs fourth with an apparent exhaust leak limiting their charge to the front.
The battle for the LMP2 class win has returned as the No. 81 DragonSpeed Oreca machine driven currently by Colin Braun holds a 25 second lead over the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Oreca driven by Simon Trummer. The PR1/Mathiasen team has overcome a multi lap disadvantage to rally to within 30 seconds of the the No. 81.
The battle between the No. 24 Rahal Letterman-Lanigan BMW M8 and the two Porsche 911 RSR machines has been one of the best battles throughout the 24-hour race. Mathieu Jaminet holds the lead in class in the No. 912 Porsche, with the No. 24 BMW M8 driven by John Edwards sitting right behind the Porsche. In fact, the two have traded the lead back and forth for the past hour, with neither car showing a clear advantage. The No. 62 Ferrari F88 GTE of Alessandro Pier Guidi holds onto the fourth position for Risi Competizione, while the No. 3 Corvette Racing C8.R of Nicky Catsburg holds onto fifth. All of the top five cars in class are on the same lap.
Lamborghini has held strong in the GTD as two Lamborghini Huracan GT3 machines hold the top two spots in the class. The No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini driven by Bryan Sellers leads the No. 44 GRT Magnus Lamborghini driven by Marco Mapelli. The lead the No. 48 holds over the No. 44 is a mere four seconds, with the No. 88 WRT Speedstar Audi Sport Audi R8 LMS Evo running in third in the hands of Dries Vanthoor.
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