Antonio Garcia and Frederic Makowiecki put Corvette and Porsche respectively at the head of the GTLM pack chased by the three Ford GTs and James Calado’s Ferrari as a late yellow-flag pitstop scrambled the order.
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The three Fords didn’t stop at the previous yellow and ran 1-2-3 but Garcia and Makowiecki passed them and pulled away.
However, a breakdown for the CORE Autosport GTD Porsche sent everyone scurrying for the pits, where Porsche’s wheelgun failed while changing the right-rear on the #911 Porsche, which Patrick Pilet had taken over from Makowiecki, dropping it from second to fifth.
The Corvette retained its lead, with Joey Hand and Richard Westbrook second and third in the #66 and #67 Fords, Calado fourth, Pilet fifth and Mucke sixth in the third Ford.
WTR’s Ricky Taylor and Joao Barbosa (Action Express) pitted their Cadillacs without issue, the yellow having compressed them to 3sec apart.
Jeroen Bleekemolen had a 28sec lead in the #33 Mercedes AMG GT3 when the yellow flew, allowing Christian Engelhart’s Grasser Racing Lamborghini to close up in second, chased by Tristan Vautier’s recovering SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes into third, ahead of Alessandro Balzan (Scuderia Corsa Ferrari), Christopher Mies (Land Motorsport Audi) and Bryan Sellers (Paul Miller Lamborghini).
However, Balzan did a fuel only stop to get ahead of Bleekemolen for the restart.