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Toyota Leads Hour 1, Trouble For #38 JCDC ORECA At Sebring

Plenty of action in the opening hour of the 1000 Miles of Sebring

Hour 1 is in the books for the 1000 Miles of Sebring and Toyota currently holds on to the lead of the race.

The #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 with Sebastian Buemi has a seven-second lead over his teammate Jose Marie Lopez in the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050. The two cars have completed their first pitstops and appear set to double-stint their drivers and tyres for the rest of the race.

The best of the Privateer LMP1 entries is the #17 BR Engineering BR1 with Stephan Sarrazin at the helm. He has a two-second lead on Gustavo Menezes in the #3 Rebellion R13.

One car has hit trouble so far in LMP1, that being the #1 Rebellion R13, which spent a handful of minutes in the pits with a gearbox actuator issue in the race’s first half. They are back on track now and Bruno Senna has the car in 32nd.

The refreshed line-up in the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07 has the lead of the LMP2 class. David Heinemeier-Hansson is at the controls of the car.

Nick De Vries is on a hard-charge from starting last on the grid and now has the #29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217 and is now in the third position after their pitstops. Notably, it’s the North American racing debut for the Dallara chassis.

Third in the class is the #36 Signatech Alpine A470 with Piere Thiriet on board, trying to chase down the #28 Dallara which is nine seconds ahead of them.

In LMP2, two cars have run into early-race problems. One of them was the #31 DragonSpeed ORECA 07 which had to pit early to address a tyre issue.

The more serious of the gremlins involved the championship-leading #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07 though, which spent much of the first hour in and out of the pits with electrical and transmission problems. It is now behind the wall and in its garage.

Harry Tincknell started the #67 Ford GT and came in for his first stop just before the end of the first hour. The crew in the pits did an excellent job getting the car out which meant once Andy Priaulx went out for his first lap, he was in the lead.

He is being chased down by the #82 BMW M8 GTE which has Bruno Spengler on board, he currently sits three seconds off the lead heading into the second hour.

The #92 Porsche 911 RSR led for much of the first hour of the race but lost time in the pits. It is now in third place in class with Michael Christensen at the helm.

Leading GTE AM is the #56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR. It has been an incredibly busy weekend for that team which had its first chassis written off in a testing fire, forcing the team to have another one flown in from Germany. It was shaken down by the team in FP2 and Egidio Perfetti now has it in the lead of the class with a nearly two-second lead, the crew rewarded for its efforts.

Paul Dalla Lana is in control of the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage. He is being chased by the two Dempsey Proton Racing Porsches, with the #77 Porsche 911 RSR leading their teammates in the #88 Porsche 911 RSR.

All cars have completed their first pitstops and some teams are looking towards weather radars and the sky as rain is beginning to near the circuit, and is predicted to arrive near sundown.