Race updates from the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

BY foxsports • October 1, 2016

Hour 8:

Michael Shank Racing remains in control of the Petit Le Mans with two hours remaining.

The No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda of Ozz Negri currently holds a 35-second lead over the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Ricky Taylor, which has been close in pursuit from the remaining Mazda of Spencer Pigot.

Simon Pagenaud runs fourth overall in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, which will be enough for his teammates Eric Curran and Simon Pagenaud to take the Prototype championship.

A left-rear puncture for the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP of Filipe Albuquerque put the car nearly two laps behind, and out of the championship battle with three hours and 45 minutes to go.

The No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09 of Jose Gutierrez leads Prototype Challenge ahead of Kenton Koch's No. 38 Performance Tech entry in second.

GTLM continues to be led by the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, in what's turned into another Ford vs. Ferrari battle in an endurance race, with the Le Mans class-winning No. 66 Ford GT of Dirk Muelller in second.

The No. 33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R, in its final race, leads GTD, although Marco Seefried's No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS, which has dominated the class, is close behind. 

Halfway:

Joao Barbosa has restarted the Petit Le Mans from the lead, after an hour-long yellow for track repairs. The race has now entered its second half, with four hours, 52 minutes remaining.

Eric Curran is chasing down his Action Express teammate after the restart, while Max Angelelli is third for Wayne Taylor Racing.

A timing chain took the DeltaWing out of the race during the yellow flag period.

James French is out front in Prototype Challenge, with Robert Alon second. Just three Oreca FLM09s are ahead of the GT Le Mans field.

Toni Vilander takes the GTLM field to the restart in his Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, while Marcel Fassler is second in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R.

Long-time GT Daytona leaders Magnus Racing are still at the front of their class, and Marco Seefried is at the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS.

Hour 5:

The 19th annual Petit Le Mans is under its third full course caution, for track repairs, in the fifth hour with 175 laps complete.

Chunks of asphalt have come up in Turn 3, prompting track officials to make repairs to the circuit, following another incident in the corner just moments prior to the yellow.

The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa leads the way following the latest round of pit stops, ahead of the sister No. 31 entry of Eric Curran and Max Angelelli in third in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP.

While Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan have clinched the GTD title by reaching the three-hour mark, there's been trouble for the championship-elect No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09, which has gone behind the wall with brake issues.

PC is currently being led by the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports entry of Tom Kimber-Smith.

The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE of Toni Vilander leads GTLM, while the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Bret Curtis is out front in GTD with five hours and 45 minutes remaining. 

Hour 3:

Both the pole-sitting No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda and race-contending No. 55 Mazda Prototype have hit trouble in the third hour of the Petit Le Mans.

An unidentified issue with the left-rear of Ligier Honda resulted in a slow first stop. Olivier Pla then briefly slowed on track, which lost further ground.

Moments later, the No. 55 Mazda stopped on track with Tristan Nunez at the wheel with a misfire. It remains in the pits undergoing an ECU change.

The No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP, meanwhile, has also faded with electrical issues.

Up front, the No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Eric Curran leads, ahead of teammate Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 entry.

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (PC), Risi Competizione (GTLM) and Magnus Racing (GTD) lead their respective classes.

The race has seen only one full-course caution, when Tomy Drissi spun and beached his No. 20 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 into the gravel with 80 minutes complete.

Hour 1:

Dane Cameron is leading after the first hour of Petit Le Mans, as the No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP inherited the lead in the first round of pit stops.

Polesitter Olivier Pla was leading until he pitted, but a slow stop for the Michael Shank Racing crew dropped the No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda down the order to seventh as John Pew took over.

Tristan Nunez is second for Mazda Motorsports, just over seven seconds behind the leader, while teammate Joel Miller is third.

Kenton Koch is the leader for Performance Tech Motorsports in Prototype Challenge, having passed Robert Alon just before the hour mark.

Risi Competizione benefitted from the round of pit stops, and Giancarlo Fisichella is the current GT Le Mans leader. Richard Westbrook had led the class in his No. 67 Ford GT, but dropped to ninth after the stops.

Jeroen Bleekemolen pulled away to create an impressive lead in GT Daytona, and the Riley Motorsports crew maintained that in the stops. Ben Keating currently has a 25-second lead over Matt McMurry.


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