The level of drama and tension at Road Atlanta is rising just as the sun heads down in the race’s final two hours.
In Prototype, Jordan Taylor has continued the charge of Renger Van Der Zande and moved the #10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. to the overall lead.
Second in that class is the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R. now with Felipe Nasr in the car. The #31 Cadillac has been consistently at the front for much of the race, rarely dropping out of the top five.
The #77 Mazda RT-24P has Lucas Di Grassi at the wheel in third place. It’s been a similarly strong day for Mazda and Team Joest who have been getting continually stronger throughout the season.
The only Prototype retirement remains the #38 Performance Tech Oreca 07 after a suspension failure in the fifth hour of the race.
In GT Le Mans, Porsche has the #911 Porsche 911 RSR of Frederic Makowiecki in the lead of the class. Makowiecki inherited the lead after his teammate, Earl Bamber, in the #912 Porsche 911 RSR made contact with a GT Daytona car, sending it spinning. Bamber was given a drive-through penalty and dropped down the order.
Second is the #67 Ford GT is currently driven by Richard Westbrook. Their chances of a championship still remain intact, aided by the faltering of the #3 Corvette C7.R.
The #3 Corvette was being driven by Antonia Garcia when he made contact with the wall after spinning at pit exit under a Full Course Yellow. The car was nursed back and brought directly into the garage where the Corvette mechanics began furious work.
A new front body panel was put onto the car, in addition to small repairs on the front right suspension area. The car was sent back out, but not before it lost three laps off the class leader.
The only other drama in the class came when the #62 Risi Competizione spun into the gravel at Turn Six. The car was pulled out and continued after losing two laps from its class leader.
In GT Daytona, the longtime leading #33 Team Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 fell down the ladder after being penalized for an improper wave-by procedure under Full Course Yellow.
This promoted the #58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 to the lead of the class, the first time all day that that car has been at the point in GTD.
Running second and fourth are the GTD team championship hopefuls in the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan and the #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3.
Madison Snow is in the #48 Lamborghini, eight seconds behind the class leader. Meanwhile, Katherine Legge is in the #86 Acura which is roughly two seconds behind the third-placed #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 of Daniel Serra.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Taylor Racing/Cadillac