THE HEART OF RACING BACK ON THE LEAD LAP WITH PFAFF MOTORSPORTS HITS PROBLEMS AND SUNENERGY1 RACING GOING STRONG
Pfaff Motorsports took advantage of a recent full course yellow to complete repair to the front left of the car and managed to stay on the lead lap and are in … with 4 hours to go.
SunEnergy1 Racing (Mikaël Grenier) has turned up the rhythm and have been running in the top three for the last couple of hours with Raffaele Marciallo maintaining the gap within just over one second form the leaders.
The two front runners in GTD #57 Mercedes AMG GT3 and #21 Ferrari 488 GT3 made contact just after their pitstops as they completed their first lap. Coming under braking at corner 1, Ferrari driver Matteo Cressoni leading at the time looked like not leaving enough room for the #57 and made contact. Sending the Ferrari spinning and hitting the tire wall, damaging the rear suspension. #57 Mercedes AMG GT3 driver Philip Ellis was able to continue maintaining the lead.
This gave Luca Stolz second place 1.5 seconds behind the leader and third is Patrick Long in the #16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R a further 17 seconds behind.
Pfaff Motorsports had just completed a pit stop and driver change. As Zach Robichon took over from Laurens Vanthoor, Robichon seemed to have pulled off the track.
*update information form Pfaff as they seem to have significant damage to the front suspension and also looking at the rear of the car.
Roman De Angelis is at the wheel of #23 The Heart of Racing and currently sits in fifth place just over 1 minutes from the lead.
Alegra Motorsports is in 10th with 2 laps down with Mike Skeen behind the wheel.
Hour 20 results here
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