Rolex 24: Racing Resumes at Daytona
UPDATE: Taylor, Bourdais to the Fore
Ricky Taylor returned the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing to the overall lead of the Rolex 24 within a few laps of the green flag flying at 7 a.m. and at 8 a.m. was firmly ensconced at the head of the field where he and his team mates had since the fourth hour of the race.
In GTLM, Patrick Pilet in the #911 Porsche passed Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette for the lead, but held only a lap before Sebastien Bourdais in the #66 Ford GT, where he and his co-drivers had spent most of the race.
Overnight rain twice forced race officials to suspend racing—standing water on the track, particularly at the Bus Stop, made high-speed driving unreasonably unsafe.
Finally, at 7 a.m. with the heavy layer of clouds just starting to lighten, the green flag waved once again, starting the final seven hours of the 24-hour race.
Felipe Albuquerque in the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac held the lead when the green flag waved, but he soon had to hand it over to the irrepressible Ricky Taylor in the #10 WTR Cadillac, who maneuvered past Albuquerque through the Western Horseshoe.
Corvette Leads GTLM
Mike Rockenfeller in the #3 Corvette Racing C7.R led in GT Le Mans when racing resumed, leading Giancarlo Fisichella in the 62 RisI Ferrari 488 and Fred Makowiecki in the #911 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR.
IndyCar star Grahan Rahal in the #93 Acura NSX GT3 ran first in GT Daytona ahead of another IndyCar driver, series champion and Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay in the #86 Acura.
James French led Prototype Challenge in the #38 Performance Tech Oreca FLM09.