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Cadillac 1-2 As The Sun Rises Over Daytona

The rain is still coming down, but has been back green again aside from a minor blip since sunrise. Leading the race is the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac of Ricky Taylor, after the top three continued to shuffle during pit stops, though Taylor’s lead is now almost a minute over the #5 Action Express Caddy of Joao Barbosa and a lap over the #90 Visit Florida Riley.

The Riley, which had spent much of the night climbing the order had to serve a drive through for corner cutting which cost it a position on the lead lap.

Currently the #2 ESM Nissan after it too was penalised for corner cutting, is the only other Prototype in contention sitting fourth with Scott Sharp driving. The fifth place car is the recovering #55 Mazda which is climbing the GTLM standings and is circulating down in seventh overall, Jonathon Bomarito now six laps down.

The leaders in GTLM are now firmly in the top 10, with the leading #911 Porsche sitting fifth. Patrick Pilet’s teammate Richard Lietz did headline a Porsche 1-2 as the sun came up but the #912 dropped back after briefly stopping out on track.

As a result the #911 leads GTLM, with the #66 Ford GT second just a handful of seconds back. The #4 Corvette is still lurking in third, and has led recently, as has the Risi Ferrari which is now down to fifth after a slow lap in which the car was seen running extremely slowly, lost the team some time.

In GTD, it’s Acura to the fore once again, with the two Michael Shank NSX GT3s holding a 1-2; Ryan Hunter-Reay in the #86 leading Graham Rahal in the #93. It’s still extremely tight though, with the top four in the class on the lead lap. Third place is the #57 Stevenson Audi which continues its strong run and the #33 Riley Mercedes of Jeroen Bleekemolen.

LMPC continues to be all about the #38 Performance Tech Oreca, which now leads by 14 laps over the rest of the pack which have all hit trouble at various points.