2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona: Hour 16 Update

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2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona (Courtesy of IMSA)

Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor Racing continued to lead the Rolex 24 at Daytona, holding a 13 second lead over the best of the chasing Action Express Racing entrants in the hands of Joao Barbosa.

Angelelli was able to extend his lead, seemingly at wil, pulling out to a 17 second advantage before he outbraked himself at the Bus Stop chicane, an offence that requires a driver to stop before rejoining the race track. The momentary slip cost the Italian six seconds, but even after that he was able to add more to his margin before the close of the hour.

Further down the depth chart of the P class there were further problems for the already delayed Michael Shank Racing entry, AJ Allmendinger bringing the car to garage, the team suspecting that the loss of first gear had further damaged the gearbox on the Ford EcoBoost powered Riley.

Their problems promoted Nick Tandy, in the GTLM lead, to seventh overall after the Briton took the class lead from Porsche North America teammate Patrick Long before both driver made their scheduled pitstops. The #4 Corvette remained third in class, on the same lap as the Porsche pairing, but nearly a half minute behind Long.

CORE Autosport led the PC class as the hour ended, though Rob Huff did momentarily take the lead for 8Star Motorsports before handing over to Tom Kimber-Smith as the CORE squad took the lead.

Alessandro Pier Guidi led GTD at the end of hour in the #555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari with Spencer Pumpelly second for Flying Lizard Motorsports in a race which has been troublesome for the Audi teams seeking to give the Ingolstadt marque a repeat at Daytona.

Their woes were added to by problems for the Paul Miller Racing car – the strongest of R8 contingent to this point.

2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona standings after 16 hours

#10 Wayne Taylor Racing – Corvette DP – W. Taylor/R. Taylor/J. Taylor/Angelelli
#5 Action Express Racing – Corvette DP – Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais/Frisselle
#9 Action Express Racing – Corvette DP – Frisselle/Frisselle/Martin/Giroux

#54 CORE Autosport – ORECA FLM09 – Bennett/Gue/Braun/Wilkins
#25 8Star Motorsports – ORECA FLM09 – Potolicchio/Kimber-Smith/Marsal/Huff
#7 Starworks Motorsport – ORECA FLM09 – Popow/Fuentes/Tutumlu/Marcelli/Kaffer

#911 Porsche North America – Porsche 911 – Tandy/Lietz/Pilet
#912 Porsche North America – Porsche 911 – Long/Christenson/Bergmeister
#4 Corvette Racing – Corvette C7.R – Gavin/Milner/Liddell

#555 Level 5 Motorsport – Ferrari 458 – Ticker/Sweedler/Bell/Segal/Per Guidi
#45 Flying Lizard Racing – Audi R8 LMS – Canache Jr/Pumpelly/Pappas/Winkelhock
#63 Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari 458 – Balzan/Westphal/Vilander/Case

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