LIVE: 6 Hours of Watkins Glen


It feels like much more than two weeks since Le Mans, but fans of sportscar racing can finally relax, as today the first major endurance race after the French classic will take place, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

The 6 hour challenge on New York’s historic Watkins Glen circuit is not only the sixth round of the 2015 Tudor United SportsCar Championship, but also the third event in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, which features rounds at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk will keep you up to date for the entire race with this liveblog coverage.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201514:51

Hello, and welcome to #TeamTCF’s live coverage of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen!

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201514:54

Your hosts today are myself and Dan Lloyd.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201514:56

The grid for today’s race will be determined by the current championship positions, after qualifying was cancelled yesterday due to heavy rain.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201514:59

The latest weather reports are showing a 57% chance of precipitation at 13:00 local time.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:01

Murky skies over New York at the moment – yesterday’s weather system hasn’t left the area just yet.

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GRID TOP FIVE: #5 Action Express Racing Corvette; #90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette; #31 Action Express Racing Corvette; #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette; #60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:05

Christian Fittipaldi will start from pole in the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette than won at Sebring in March.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:05

CLASS POLE SITTERS: Prototype: #5 Action Express Racing Corvette

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Prototype Challenge: #54 CORE Autosport ORECA FLM09

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GTLM: #3 Corvette Racing C7.R

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GTD: #48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:08

The rain is continuing to fall as the cars begin the second formation lap.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:09

The #58 Wright Motorsports GTD Porsche is in the pits. The team opts to start the race on wet tyres.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:10

The field is bunching up before the green flag…

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GREEN FLAG!

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:11

And the GT cars are underway.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:12

The #911 Porsche takes the GTLM class lead from the #3 Corvette on the back straight.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:14

INCIDENT: Bill Auberlen (#25 BMW Z4) is stationary after spinning in front of Earl Bamber (#912 Porsche 911). Only a slight contact but that will drop the two cars down the order.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:14

Christian Fittipaldi has developed a 2.5 second lead on the first lap.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:15

Meanwhile, Ozz Negri Jr has moved the Michael Shank Racing Ligier up to fourth overall.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:16

Richard Westbrook (VisitFlorida.com Corvette) went wide at turn one and is now chasing Dane Cameron (#31 Action Express Corvette) for second.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:17

Christopher Haase leads the GTD field, but only by half a second. The #007 Aston Martin of Kuno Wittmer is doing the chasing.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:18

SPIN for the #4 Corvette of Oliver Gavin. Slight contact made with the left-hand wall heading towards Heel.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:20

Remember the #58 Wright Motorsports Porsche that pitted before the green flag? Madison Snow has brought it through the slick-shod field to take the lead in the GTD class, after starting from the back of the field.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:21

Dane Cameron takes half a second out of Fittipaldi’s lead, and is now 1.3s behind.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:25

Conor Daly is running his own race at the head of the PC field! The occasional IndyCar campaigner has developed a 40 second lead over Mike Hedlund in the #8 Starworks machine.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:25

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Cameron has brought the lead gap down to one second.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:27

Christopher Haase tries to drag past Madison Snow in the GTD lead battle, but Snow shuts the door at turn one.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:27

….but Haase out-brakes Snow into the chicane and regains the GTD class lead.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:28

The Prototype leaders are now working through the GTD leaders.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:28

Cameron is stuck behind two PC cars, which is allowing Fittipaldi some breathing room at the front.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:29

Fittipaldi now has a 1.7 second cushion over Cameron.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:30

Change of position: Westbrook makes a move on the inside of Cameron at the heel of the boot to take second place overall.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:31

After ten laps, Conor Daly has manufactured a 58 second lead over Hedlund in the PC class – mesmerising stuff from the 23 year old!

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:33

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Second pit-stop for the #17 Falken Tires Porsche. Bryan Sellers remains at the wheel.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:35

The lap times are tumbling as the dry line starts to emerge. Fittipaldi has just recorded his quickest of the race so far with a 1:45.716s.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:36

PC leader Daly is only 40 seconds off the overall pace.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:39

INCIDENT: Bruno Junqueira (#11 RSR Racing PC) hits the wall to driver’s right after receiving a tap from Ozz Negri Jr in the #60 Ligier.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:40

Thumbs up from Junqueira after a forceful move from his fellow Brazilian.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:41

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The cars are collecting behind the safety car.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:44

Westbrook and Cameron opt not to pit under yellow.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:45

Fuel-only stops for the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette and the #01 Chip Ganassi Ford.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:46

Ozz Negri Jr brings the Michael Shank Ligier into the pits, but receives no special attention from the mechanics after its altercation with the PC car.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:46

Conor Daly chooses not to pit, which means the PC leader is now running third overall.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:47

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:47

Most of the GTD runners are into the pits.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:49

Driver change for the GTD leading #48 Paul Miller Racing Audi. Christopher Haase makes way for Bryce Miller.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:49

The two GTLM Porsches appear to be on the same strategy as both complete fuel-only stops during the caution period.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:50

Both GTLM Corvettes also came in for fuel.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:52

GREEN FLAG!

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:52

Dane Cameron is all over the tail of Richard Westbrook at the head of the field.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:53

Conor Daly has brought the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports PC car into the pits, after the safety car period.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:54

Cameron takes a look through the esses but Westbrook shuts the door…

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:54

…..and race leader Westbrook does the same heading into the bus stop chicane.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:57

A 1:41.701s lap from Cameron is the fastest of the race so far.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:58

INCIDENT: Second placed Dane Cameron makes contact with a PC competitor at the boot.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201515:59

It looks like Cameron has left-rear bodywork damage.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201516:00

The #38 Performance Tech Motorsports PC car (Jerome Mee) made the contact with Cameron.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201516:00

Mee is out of the car and being assisted by the trackside medical team.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201516:02

FULL COURSE CAUTION. The second caution of the day is called to repair the tyre wall following Mee’s contact.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201516:06

Mee’s incident promotes the #16 BAR1 Motorsports entry of Daniel Burkett to the PC class lead.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201516:08

GREEN FLAG

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Joey Hand (#01 Ford) wobbles on the way into turn one and is now under pressure from Ricky Taylor (#10 Corvette).

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:10

1 hour down, 5 to go. Westbrook leads in the #90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:10

Ricky Taylor has just passed Joey Hand for 3rd, behind Fittipaldi.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:11

Westbrook leads Fittipaldi, Taylor, Hand, Negri.

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In PC, the #16  BAR1 car of Burkett leads Hedlund’s #8 Starworks.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:12

GTLM is led by the #911 Porsche of Pilet, with Edwards’ #24 BMW and Magnussen’s #3 Corvette behind.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:12

Finally, GTD leader is Madison Snow’s #58 Porsche, ahead of Wittmer’s #007 Aston and Farnbacher’s #23 Porsche.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:13

Top 5 separated by less than 5 seconds. Lead gap is 0.5s.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:14

#007 Aston of Wittmer has just passed Snow’s #58 Porsche to take GTD lead.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:14

#912 Porsche (Bamber) pits. Damage to the left front. New bumper for that car.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:16

Snow has retaken GTD lead.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:16

That #912 Porsche damage came from contact with the #3 Corvette.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:17

PC leader, Burkett (#16 BAR1) is lapping just 4 seconds off the P pace.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:17

Edwards’ #24 BMW is on the bumper of Pilet’s #911 Porsche for GTLM lead.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:17

#90 Corvette has pitted.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:18

Fittipaldi’s #5 now leads overall, 1.7 seconds clear of Ricky Taylor’s #10.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:20

GTD: #007 Aston leads the #23 and #58 Porsches

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:21

Fantastic move by Bryan Sellers in the #17 Falken Tire Porsche, passing Pierre Kaffer in the #62 Ferrari for GTLM P5.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:22

Taylor is only 0.5 seconds behind leader Fittipaldi.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:23

Joey Hand’s #01 Ford DP is being attacked by the Negri in the #60 Ligier for overall P3.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:24

#58 GTD Porsche is being passed by leaders, but held Taylor up a little, increasing Fittipaldi’s advantage.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:25

Ricky Taylor is now 1.5 seconds off the leader.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:26

#911 and #24 are still battling for GTLM lead. Edwards is very close to Pilet’s bumper.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:28

As a reminder, here are the Prototype standings:

5, 10, 01, 60, 0, 90, 31, 07

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Prototype Challenge standings:

16, 8, 85, 52, 54, 38, 11

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GT Le Mans standings:

911, 24, 3, 25, 17, 62, 4, 912

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GT Daytona standings:

007, 23, 58, 22, 73, 93, 33, 48, 97, 63, 44

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:30

Spin: #38 Performance Tech Motorsports car of Jerome Mee.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:30

No full course caution, as the #38 has got going again.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:32

#23 Porsche of Farnbacher is less than 0.5 seconds behind GTD-leading #007 Aston.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:33

Close P1 battle between Fittipaldi (#5 Action Express), Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing) and Hand (#01 Chip Ganassi).

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:34

Joey Hand has passed Ricky Taylor for 2nd place overall.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:34

With a battle behind him, Fittipaldi has managed to create a 6 second lead over Hand, Taylor and Negri.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:37

Ozz Negri (#60 Michael Shank) has closed up to P3. 

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:37

Taylor has passed Hand for P2. Close battle now between the two, and Negri, who sits 4th.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:38

Problem for the #07 Mazda, with Long at the wheel. No power, it seems.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:39

Full course caution

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:39

#01 Ford of Hand is in the pits. 

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201516:44

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:45

Many cars pitting, some for driver changes.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:45

#10 Wayne Taylor Racing comes out ahead of #5 Action Express.

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Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:50

Scott Pruett takes over the leading #01 Ford. Max Angelelli is next in the #10 WTR Corvette, and in third is Joao Barbosa in the #5 Action Express Corvette. Still under yellow.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:54

GREEN FLAG

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#01 leads #10 and #90 out of the Esses

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That’s Pruett in the lead, ahead of Angelelli.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:56

Le Mans winner Nick Tandy leads GTLM in the #911

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PC is headed by Matt McMurry’s #16 and GTD has Ian James (#23) out front.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201516:59

Pruett’s lead is 2 seconds.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201517:00

Memo Rojas has overtaken John Pew to move the #0 DeltaWing into P5.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:03

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Spencer Pumpelly (#70 Porsche) is holding a narrow lead over a gaggle of GTD cars as they exit the sweepers.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:07

The GTD lead battle has calmed slightly as the faster prototypes break through the traffic.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:09

Scott Pruett’s lead over Max Angelelli at the head of the field has been cut to 1.6 seconds.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:10

Lucas Luhr replaces John Edwards in the #24 GTLM BMW.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:11

The #38 Performance Tech Motorsports PC machine is off again, with James French at the wheel.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:17

A slight moment at turn one as Chris Cumming rotates the #11 RSR Racing ORECA – no harm done.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:20

Dirk Werner (#25 BMW) is piling the pressure on GTLM leader Nick Tandy (#911 Porsche), taking 0.3 seconds out of the Le Mans winner on the previous lap.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:20

Lucas Luhr (#24 BMW) moves up to third in GTLM with a pass on Jan Magnussen (#3 Corvette).

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:23

With 65 laps in the books, Scott Pruett leads the motor race by two seconds ahead of Max Angelelli.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:27

GTLM leader Nick Tandy has a close call as he taps the #54 CORE Autosport PC of James Gue. Tandy continues but Gue is forced to recover himself from the left-side barrier.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:29

Andrew Palmer sets the fastest PC lap of the race with a 1:42.492s.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:30

Possible problems for Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette as the Danish veteran continues to fall off the GTLM pace at a rapid rate.

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John Pew keeps his set of tyres as the #60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier takes a drink of fuel in the pit lane.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:35

Change of position in GTD – Andrew Davis passes Christina Nielsen at the bus stop to take third in class.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:36

The race leader heads down pit road. Scott Pruett takes four tyres, fuel and has a windscreen tear-off removed before resuming his stint in the #01 Ford EcoBoost Riley.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:37

Richard Westbrook (#90 VisitFlorida.com) and Joao Barbosa (#5 Action Express) both come into the pits a lap after Pruett.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:38

Westbrook ends his two and a half hour stint by handing over to Michael Valiante.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:38

The #90 driver change means that the #5 Action Express Corvette is back ahead.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:39

Now it’s the turn of the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing crew in the pit lane. Max Angelelli comes in from the lead and hands over to Le Mans class winner Jordan Taylor.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:41

The pit stop cycle leaves Pruett two seconds behind Barbosa.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201517:42

Jordan Taylor emerges four seconds ahead of Barbosa with tyres that are a lap younger.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201517:45

Behind Barbosa is Pruett, less than 1 second off the #5

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201517:46

Following the #24’s pitstop, Nick Tandy’s #911 is back in GTLM lead.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201517:46

#93 Viper of Goossens leads GTD from Pumpelly’s #73 Porsche

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201517:48

John Edwards has crashed the #24 BMW into the tyre wall.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201517:49

Full course caution, the fourth of the day.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201517:57

A lot of GT cars are pitting, some for driver changes.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:00

As a reminder, Prototype standings under yellow are as follows: 

10, 5, 01, 90, 31, 60, 0, 07

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:00

GREEN FLAG

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:01

Jordan Taylor has kept the lead, ahead of Barbosa and Pruett.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:02

GTLM: Nick Tandy leads Bryan Sellers and Tommy Milner

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:03

PC: Martin Plowman is ahead of Rusty Mitchell and Renger van der Zande

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:03

GTD: Marc Goossens leads, ahead of Townsend Bell and Patrick Lindsey

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:04

Battle for GTLM P3 between Milner (#4 Corvette) and Werner (#25 BMW). Milner keeps lead.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:04

Taylor has a narrow lead over Barbosa of 0.289 seconds

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:05

Milner passes Sellers for GTLM 2nd place. Tandy leads the class.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:07

Rain starting to fall.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:09

Milner, leading GTLM, cut the Inner Loop chicane.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:10

Barbosa has passed Taylor for the lead.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:11

We are now halfway through the race. Three hours to go.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:12

The top four are 4.5 seconds apart. Barbosa, Taylor, Pruett and Valiante is the order.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:14

Taylor lost the lead when he cut the chicane. As per the rules, he came to a complete stop before restarting.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:14

The #8 of van der Zande leads Plowman’s #16 in PC.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:15

Tandy (#911) leads Milner (#4) in GTLM.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:15

#93 of Goossens is out front in GTD, ahead of Bell’s #63.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:18

#3 Corvette of Garcia spun, but rejoined the race.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:30

Taylor has closed Barbosa’s lead to 0.7 seconds.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:34

Valiante has pitted from 3rd. 

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:36

Markus Paltalla, in the #97 BMW, has taken GTD lead.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:36

Taylor is 1 second down on Barbosa.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:36

That rain that began to threaten the track didn’t come to much.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:37

Barbosa pits from lead. Taylor takes P1.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:38

Taylor pits, a lap after Barbosa.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:38

Fittipaldi took over the car from Barbosa in the pitstop.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:39

Scott Pruett overtakes Fittipaldi for 2nd.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:40

Jordan Taylor stays in the #10, and exits the pits ahead of Pruett, but is being caught by the #01 Ford.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:42

So far, Taylor has maintained his lead over Pruett, and leads by 0.8 seconds.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:50

Michael Shank Racing are stuck in the pits with a suspension issue. Disappointing considering how strong they looked earlier in the race and weekend.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:53

GTLM now led by Wolf Henzler in the #17 Porsche.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:57

Taylor now leads Pruett by 3.7s

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201518:57

Rain falling 

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:01

Pit stops for the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette and #90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette. Both take on wet tyres.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:03

The #01 Ford-Riley is continuing to circulate on slicks, which could pay off if the Chip Ganassi team spares itself of an extra pit stop.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:03

The #48 Paul Miller Audi comes in from sixth in class, but takes a new set of slick tyres as rather than wets.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:04

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:05

Jordan Taylor holds a 10 second lead over Scott Pruett. Both drivers are currently using slick tyres.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:07

The #01 Ford Riley comes into the pits from second overall. The team adds fuel and four wet tyres. Joey Hand takes his seat for the next stint.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:07

Jordan Taylor (slick tyres) is lapping two seconds quicker than those on wet tyres.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:08

Wet weather tyres are applied to the GTLM cars as well. Both Corvettes and the Falken Tire Porsche have just made the switch.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:09

Joey Hand keeps the #01 car’s second position, two seconds ahead of Christian Fittipaldi.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:09

The #911 Porsche also takes on fresh rubber.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:11

Race leader Jordan Taylor trundles down the pit lane. Max Papis brings the #31 Action Express Corvette in as well.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:11

Taylor hands the #10 car over to his brother Ricky. Wet weather tyres are applied, placing all of the front-running cars on the same tyre compound.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:12

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The cars are avoiding the concrete-surface apexes as much as possible. Grip is a sought after commodity at the moment.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:14

Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche) goes wide briefly, but continues.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:14

The Michael Shank Racing Ligier has reportedly been pushed behind the wall.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:17

We’re keeping a nervous eye on the Watkins Glen weather forecast……the chances of persistent rainfall remain high.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:18

Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing) is managing a 20 second gap to the second placed Corvette of Christian Fittipaldi.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:19

Renger van der Zande (#8 Starworks Motorsport) still leads the PC class. The Dutch driver currently sits sixth overall, two laps behind Ricky Taylor.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:21

Brief rotation for the #54 CORE Autosport PC ORECA of Colin Braun in front of the pit lane entrance.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:21

Braun is struggling to engage reverse gear and is effectively blocking the pit-lane exit.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:22

Braun has freed himself and is back on his way. The #54 CORE machine is fifth in class.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:24

As a small track, there is very little opportunity for drivers to escape the spray. Those on track at the moment are clearly struggling with the poor visibility.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:27

Max Papis (#31 Action Express) is being caught by PC leader Renger van der Zande. The Starworks driver gained three seconds on the previous lap.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:32

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:34

Kuno Wittmer has brought the #007 Aston Martin into the pits after an extraordinary rain stint on slick tyres.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:34

FULL COURSE CAUTION.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:39

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:39

Race control deemed the conditions to be too treacherous for racing.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:42

RED FLAG

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The race timer is still ticking.

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The radar is showing that the worst of the rain has passed over Watkins Glen.

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Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:53

The race will get underway within the next five minutes.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:55

The chance of rain rises to 46% at 16:00 local time, so we could see a shower just before the finish.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:56

The drivers fire up their cars, ready for the restart.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201519:59

The safety car is leading the field around the 3.4 mile circuit.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201520:01

After getting a sighting lap both the #90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette and PC-leading #8 Starworks Motorsport ORECA have re-entered the pits for tyre changes.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201520:05

Several GT cars have made their way down pit road. Both Corvettes come in, with Gavin taking over driving duties in the #4 car and Antonio Garcia remaining in the #3 machine. Pierre Kaffer gets back behind the wheel of the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201520:06

A logical decision for the #8 and #16 PC cars to come into the pits under the safety car as they held a one lap lead over the chasing #52 machine.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201520:08

Wolf Henzler leads the GTLM class from Patrick Pilet. Bill Auberlen took third place from Oliver Gavin in the pit-stops, while the #912 Porsche has recovered and is now in fifth.

Daniel Lloyd June 28, 201520:08

The top seven GTLM runners are all on the class-lead lap.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:10

GREEN FLAG! 1 hour to go!

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:10

Ricky Taylor leads Joey Hand and Christian Fittipaldi

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:10

Oliver Gavin, #4 Corvette, in the wall.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:11

“I hit the Porsche” – Gavin on team radio.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:11

Full course caution to recover the Corvette at the exit of T1.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:12

Pits will NOT open, as this caution comes so soon after the restart.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:12

#8 of van der Zande leads PC, ahead of Kimber-Smith’s #52

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:13

Wolf Henzler in the #17 Porsche leads GTLM, in front of Pilet’s #911.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:13

GTD leader is Goossens’ #93 Dodge, leading Lally’s #44 Porsche

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:14

Earl Bamber’s #912 Porsche was the car hit by Gavin. 

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:18

GREEN FLAG

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:19

Joey Hand looking to pass Ricky Taylor at T1, but can’t do so.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:19

There is a LOT of water on track.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:20

Top four cars: 10, 01, 5, 90 – within 1.6 seconds.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:22

#10 WTR Corvette spins, gets a lot of bodywork damage. Pits, but tags the #01 on the pit entry, sending the Ford spinning.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:22

Fittipaldi now leads Hand.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:23

Debris from the #10 is on the track between the final two corners. 

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:24

#5 pits. Wet tyres, and Barbosa takes over.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:24

Minor damage to the left-front of Hand’s #01 Ford, leading the race.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:25

#5 Action Express Corvette will have to do a drive through penalty, for speeding on pit lane. 

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:26

Westbrook is 4 seconds behind Hand.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:26

Full course yellow

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:29

The Wayne Taylor Racing #10 retires.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:41

30 minutes remaining, still under yellow.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:41

Let us know who you think is going to win (if the race goes to green). Tweet @TheCheckerFlag or comment below.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:43

Because of its pitstop, the 3rd place #5 Action Express Corvette has a full tank, whereas the leading #01 and #90 will need to stop, should the race restart.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:54

GREEN FLAG!

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:54

16 minutes to go

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:54

Hand leads Westbrook and Barbosa

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201520:56

#8 van der Zande leads PC, #17 Henzler in GTLM and #93 Goossens in GTD

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:01

#01 Ford of Hand pits for fuel. Loses lead to Westbrook.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:02

#90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP of Westbrook leads by 5.6 seconds over the #01 Ford Chip Ganassi DP of Hand.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:02

FULL COURSE CAUTION… AGAIN

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:02

Wittmer has crashed in the #007 GTD Aston Martin. So has the #23 GTD Porsche

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:03

Separate incidents

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:03

7 minutes to go, under yellow at the moment. We could be in for a last-minute shoot-out between the #90, #01 and #5.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:07

White flag, with 4 minutes left. The race will finish under caution, as the #007 is stuck in the barriers.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:12

Chequered flag waves. Race finishes under yellow. The #90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP wins.

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:14

Prototype top three:

#90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP – Westbrook/Valiante

#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost Riley DP – Hand/Pruett

#5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP – Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Papis

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:15

Prototype Challenge winner

#8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca – van der Zande/Hedlund/Popow
Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:16

GT Le Mans winner

#17 Team Falken Tire Porsche – Sellers/Henzler

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:17

GT Daytona winner

#93 Riley Motorsports Dodge – Carter/Lawrence/Goossens

Jake Kilshaw June 28, 201521:18

That’s all for our liveblog coverage. Thanks for following, and look out for the race report on TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk, which will be online soon.