As always at this point in an endurance race, the stories of the past three hours have been attrition and exciting racing for the GT lead. We've yet to see a failure as spectacular as that of the Deltawing, but we've still seen some major dramas for some of the top cars since hour 3.
(image via Trevor Andrusko, Track9 Media)
In LMP1, Audi is still dominant. They've had some small issues (they even hit each other at one point!) and some penalties, but they've both still got 2 laps on 3rd, and they aren't yet concerned. However, the race for 3rd has heated up, and Nicholas Prost's Rebellion Lola is struggling to hold back the Muscle Milk HPD at the moment. The big news over the last 3 hours in this class? One of the ALMS championship contenders, the 16 Mazda-Lola of Dyson, has officially retired with an electrical issue. They will start the 2013 season in a big hole.
In LMP2, the story has been issues for both of ESM's new HPDs. Both have fallen out of contention, and now it's down to the two Level 5 cars and the one Greaves car. Currently, the 551 Level 5 racer leads the 552 car and the 41 Greaves Zytek.
In LMPC, five cars remain on the class's lead lap, but they are split by the majority of the GT field. The 8 of Kyle Marcelli is the leader with the 52 PR1 car trailing.
In GT, the battle has been fierce and long. Over the last 3 hours, BMW, SRT, Corvette, Falken Tires (Porsche) and Risi Competizione (Ferrari) have ALL lead laps, but right now the Ferrari leads the pack. The Corvette #4 had an issue that left it a lap down, but it's made that lap back up and the early race dominator is back in the game.
In GTC, the field is competitive as ever. The JDX 11 and the NGT 31 are the only two cars on the lead lap right now, but they're also the only two cars yet to pit, and soon the rest of the field will catch up to them.
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