2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona: Hour 17 Update

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2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona (Courtesy of IMSA)

The seventeenth hour of the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona was a relatively quiet affair, with the major talking point being the lack of fog that has plagued the event in recent years.

A quick pitstop for Joao Barbosa in the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP helped catapult him up into a lead battle with Jordan Taylor after the latter took over from Max Angelelli. The first three positions were held by Corvette DPs during the opening stages of the hour, before the pit stop cycle started shuffling the field.

The two Porsche North America 911s continued to run at the top of the GTLM category, with GTLM cars filling the seventh to tenth positions overall as the hour drew to a close.

8Star Motorsports lost its lead in the PC category around halfway through the hour when a fire developed in the #25 machine. Swift action from the 8Star mechanics meant the fire was dealt with and was back out on track in no time, but had already succumbed the lead to CORE autosport, who they had battled with for the majority of the race. 8Star regained the lead in the pits at the end of the hour

Meanwhile, Level 5 Motorsports continued its quest at the top of the GTD category, leading the second place car of Scuderia Corsa by over a lap.

2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona standings after 17 hours

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

#25 8Star Motorsports – ORECA FLM09 – Potolicchio/Kimber-Smith/Marsal/Huff
#54 CORE Autosport – ORECA FLM09 – Bennett/Gue/Braun/Wilkins
#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
#63 Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari 458 – Balzan/Westphal/Vilander/Case
#45 Flying Lizard Racing – Audi R8 LMS – Canache Jr/Pumpelly/Pappas/Winkelhock

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