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Aside from a pitlane rushing penalty, the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura of Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Louis Deletraz had a seemingly comfy race till a sequence of late restarts embroiled them in a battle with the #6 Porsche Penske Motorsport automotive of Mathieu Jaminet, Nick Tandy and Dane Cameron.

Albuquerque and Jaminet have been battling for the win within the darkness once they got here throughout GTD visitors within the closing minutes, they usually took one another out – with the second Penske Porsche of Felipe Nasr piling into the accident and eradicating the highest three vehicles straight away.

That left the door open for the #31 AXR Cadillac of Pipo Derani, Alexander Sims and Jack Aitken to steal the victory, Derani taking his fourth general win at Sebring.


In a race of fluctuating fortunes, the lead had ebbed and flowed within the early levels between the Cadillacs of Action Express Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing, and the Acura of WTR with Andretti Autosport for a lot of the occasion – with all placing some type of drama.

The #31 AXR automotive needed to bounce again from an early collision with an LMP3 automotive, which required a number of pitstops to repair the nostril part and left-side mirror. The #01 CGR entry suffered two spins, which handed the benefit to the WTR Acura.

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Taylor acquired a drive-through penalty for rushing within the pitlane with simply over 4 hours to go, which meant all three of the quickest vehicles have been despatched to the tail of the sector in some unspecified time in the future.

With three hours to go, Sebastien Bourdais pitted from the lead together with his CGR Cadillac on hearth. One other frontrunner, the Rolex 24 Hours-winning Meyer Shank Racing Acura, was within the combine going into the final couple of hours till a left-rear wheel parted firm when Tom Blomqvist was aboard.

With 75 minutes to go, the most important challenger to WTR instantly turned the pair of Porsche 963s of Nasr and Jaminet, the latter passing the AXR Caddy of Aitken, which had been affected by a refuelling subject, quickly after a restart for third.

The #7 Porsche loved the cleanest race of all of the GTP vehicles till it was struck by a late penalty for the group engaged on the automotive exterior of its pit field, whereas the #6 automotive bounced again from hitting a GTD automotive, getting smashed by an LMP3 automotive below yellow and one other weird subject early on that induced steam to fill the cockpit.

At a restart with below an hour to go, Jaminet handed Nasr for second after which attacked Albuquerque for the lead. Jaminet handed him with a wild transfer that noticed them rub wheels, just for Albuquerque to lunge and barge him off the observe a number of corners later to reclaim the highest spot.

Aitken stayed out to choose up the lead with 32 minutes to go, forward of Jaminet – who beat Albuquerque out of the pits. Jaminet repeated his transfer from earlier, this time to take the lead from Aitken, whereas Albuquerque biffed Aitken broad. Albuquerque, Nasr and Aitken ran three-wide to Flip 1, with Albuquerque forcing his method into second.

Jaminet leapt forward by 1.2 seconds however because the leaders hit a knot of visitors, the delayed Jaminet and Albuquerque collided, with the WTR automotive slamming into the barrier on the within and rejoining the observe, uncontrolled, at Flip 3, ramming Jaminet who was concurrently colliding with a GTD automotive. Nasr then arrived and slammed into Albuquerque and Jaminet, flying excessive of his team-mate. All drivers have been unharmed.

Aitken wended his method via the chaos, taking the lead forward of the #25 BMW of Nick Yelloly, Sheldon van der Linde and Connor de Phillippi – the only remaining GTP automotive.

The race restarted with 4 minutes to go, with Aitken cruising house forward of Yelloly.

#8 Tower Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07: John Farano, Scott McLaughlin, Kyffin Simpson

Picture by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images


Ben Keating (PR1 Mathiasen ORECA) starred within the opening levels, however his #52 automotive fell again because the #04 Crowdstrike by APR machine surged to the entrance. After its heartache over dropping a Rolex 24 win within the remaining yards, issues regarded grim for that automotive when George Kurtz induced the second yellow of the race with a spin, and Ben Hanley suffered an extra scare when he spun at Sundown Bend a number of hours later.

One among its chief rivals, the #8 Tower Motorsports automotive of Scott McLaughlin, John Farano and Kyffin Simpson suffered a blow when the latter shunted on the exit of Flip 1. Simpson was in a position to drag it again to the pits, holding it within the hunt for victory.

IndyCar star McLaughlin then tore his method to the entrance on the remaining restart, beating Jensen house by simply 0.834s, forward of the #18 Era Motorsport automotive of Christian Rasmussen, Ryan Dalziel and Dwight Merriman, the #52 introduced house by Paul-Loup Chatain, whereas the #04 Crowdstrike automotive slumped to fifth for but extra late-race disappointment.


This class began with a bang as Lance Willsey spun his #33 LMP3 Ligier at Flip 1 and had 28 GTD vehicles keep away from him as he sat stranded in the midst of the observe. Glenn van Barlo (#36 Andretti Autosport) led initially, earlier than the #85 JDC Miller Motorsport of Dan Goldburg took over.

Because the race wore on, the #30 JR III Ligier of Dakota Dickerson, Ari Balough and Garett Grist took command of the category, forward of the #74 Riley automotive of Gar Robinson, Felipe Fraga and Josh Burdon. However the #30 was agonizingly taken out by a wheel that flew off Pietro Fittipaldi’s P2 automotive with simply 75 minutes to go.

That allowed the #74 automotive free passage to the victory, and it received by a lap.

#9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R: Klaus Bachler, Patrick Pilet, Laurens Vanthoor

#9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R: Klaus Bachler, Patrick Pilet, Laurens Vanthoor

Picture by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

GTD / GTD Professional

After the chaos of Flip 1, the place the pack discovered Willsey’s automotive stranded in the midst of the circuit on the racing line, GTD Professional started as a duel between the manufacturing facility driver-stacked #3 Corvette Racing C8.R of Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Tommy Milner, and #79 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes of Daniel Juncadella, Jules Gounon and Maro Engel.

However with slightly below 4 hours remaining, the Corvette suffered a left-rear damper subject which took it out of the lead and put it a lap down.

That opened the door for the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche group, whose 911 was shunted in qualifying by Sebring novice Klaus Bachler. After an all-nighter, and a near-miss with the spinning LMP3 automotive which nearly ended its race on the first nook, Bachler and Laurens Vanthoor and Patrick Pilet stormed via the sector to get in entrance of the Mercedes.

The #14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus was all the time within the combine, and because of the sequence of late cautions, Garcia was instantly again in rivalry having acquired his lap again – till he was taken out within the chaotic GTP crash close to the end.

Pilet pulled away within the closing levels, ending forward of Jack Hawksworth’s Lexus by 2.7s and Juncadella within the Merc.

The non-Professional GTD class was received by the #1 Paul Miller Racing BMW of Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow and Corey Lewis, which was chased house by the #96 model of Patrick Gallagher, Robby Foley and Michael Dinan.

Pos  Driver   Automotive / Engine   Laps   Time 
31 Pipo Derani
Alexander Sims
Jack Aitken
Cadillac 322 12:00’53.382
25 C.De Phillippi
Nick Yelloly
S.van der Linde
BMW 322 12:00’56.322
8 John Farano
Scott McLaughlin
Kyffin Simpson
ORECA/Gibson 318 12:01’04.233
11 Steven Thomas
Mikkel Jensen
Scott Huffaker
ORECA/Gibson 318 12:01’05.067
18 Dwight Merriman
Ryan Dalziel
ORECA/Gibson 318 12:01’07.555
52 Ben Keating
Paul-Loup Chatin
Alex Quinn
ORECA/Gibson 318 12:01’10.982
04 George Kurtz
Ben Hanley
Nolan Siegel
ORECA/Gibson 318 12:01’19.724
20 Dennis Andersen
Ed Jones
Anders Fjordbach
ORECA/Gibson 317 12:01’13.412
6 Nick Tandy
Mathieu Jaminet
Dane Cameron
Porsche 315 11:40’32.254
10  10 Ricky Taylor
Louis Delétraz
Acura 315 11:40’32.827
11  7 Matt Campbell
Felipe Nasr
Porsche 315 11:40’33.304
12  74 Gar Robinson
Felipe Fraga
Josh Burdon
Ligier/Nissan 309 12:01’26.055
13  13 Orey Fidani
Matthew Bell
Lars Kern
Duqueine/Nissan 308 12:01’27.656
14  85 T.Bechtolsheimer
T.van der Helm
Daniel Goldburg
Duqueine/Nissan 308 12:01’29.096
15  17 Anthony Mantella
Wayne Boyd
Nico Varrone
Duqueine/Nissan 307 12:01’29.921
16  4 Seth Lucas
Tonis Kasemets
Trenton Estep
Ligier/Nissan 306 12:02’23.809
17  9 Klaus Bachler
Patrick Pilet
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 303 12:01’46.119
18  14 Jack Hawksworth
Ben Barnicoat
Kyle Kirkwood
Lexus 303 12:01’48.825
19  79 D.Juncadella
Jules Gounon
Maro Engel
Mercedes 303 12:01’50.447
20  63 Franck Perera
Jordan Pepper
Romain Grosjean
Lamborghini 303 12:01’52.589
21  3 Antonio García
Jordan Taylor
Tommy Milner
Chevrolet 303 12:01’55.768
22  62 Daniel Serra
Davide Rigon
Ferrari 303 12:01’57.826
23  95 Bill Auberlen
Chandler Hull
John Edwards
BMW 302 12:02’27.555
24  60 Tom Blomqvist
Colin Braun
Acura 301 12:00’57.581
25  1 Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Corey Lewis
BMW 301 12:01’48.387
26  96 P.Gallagher
Robby Foley
Michael Dinan
BMW 301 12:01’49.919
27  92 David Brule Sr.
Alec Udell
Julien Andlauer
Porsche 301 12:01’50.217
28  70 Brendan Iribe
Ollie Millroy
McLaren 301 12:01’50.849
29  12 F.Montecalvo
Aaron Telitz
Parker Thompson
Lexus 301 12:01’51.485
30  16 Ryan Hardwick
Jan Heylen
Porsche 301 12:01’54.341
31  91 Alan Metni
Kay van Berlo
Jaxon Evans
Porsche 301 12:01’54.801
32  77 A.Brynjolfsson
Trent Hindman
Maxwell Root
Porsche 301 12:01’57.393
33  44 John Potter
Andy Lally
Spencer Pumpelly
Aston Martin 301 12:02’01.383
34  32 Mike Skeen
Mikaël Grenier
Kenton Koch
Mercedes 301 12:02’02.164
35  83 Rahel Frey
Sarah Bovy
Michelle Gatting
Lamborghini 300 12:02’03.115
36  66 Sheena Monk
Katherine Legge
Marc Miller
Acura 298 12:02’02.692
37  23 Ross Gunn
Alex Riberas
David Pittard
Aston Martin 297 12:01’57.098
38  21 Simon Mann
Miguel Molina
Ferrari 294 12:01’55.449
39  38 Chris Allen
Robert Mau
Tristan Nunez
Ligier/Nissan 293 12:01’34.981
40  47 Roberto Lacorte
Antonio Fuoco
Ferrari 290 12:01’56.169
41  51 Eric Lux
ORECA/Gibson 289 10:43’57.310
42  27 Roman De Angelis
Marco Sørensen
Ian James
Aston Martin 287 11:28’00.311
43  80 PJ Hyett
Seb Priaulx
Gunnar Jeannette
Porsche 285 12:02’31.197
44  33 Lance Willsey
João Barbosa
Nico Pino
Ligier/Nissan 283 12:01’30.934
45  30 Ari Balogh
Garett Grist
Dakota Dickerson
Ligier/Nissan 282 10:49’16.803
46  78 Misha Goikhberg
Loris Spinelli
Benja Hites
Lamborghini 279 11:04’16.315
47  01 S.Bourdais
R.van der Zande
Scott Dixon
Cadillac 241 8:51’13.123
48  36 Jarett Andretti
Gabby Chaves
Glenn van Berlo
Ligier/Nissan 230 8:51’41.792
49  57 Russell Ward
Philip Ellis
Indy Dontje
Mercedes 198 7:50’23.316
50  93 Ashton Harrison
Danny Formal
Kyle Marcelli
Acura 186 7:23’07.817
51  24 Philipp Eng
Augusto Farfus
Marco Wittmann
BMW 172 6:09’46.607
52  35 François Heriau
G.van der Garde
Josh Pierson
ORECA/Gibson 132 4:50’07.155
53  023 Onofrio Triarsi
Charles Scardina
Alessio Rovera
Ferrari 95 4:47’48.246

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