IMSA: Fittipaldi Leads Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Four-Hour Mark; Weather Slows Race Pace

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SEBRING, Fla. – official series release — Rick Dole/LAT photo courtesy of IMSA —

Looking to capture a third consecutive Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP team from Action Express Racing earned the five-point bonus for leading at the four-hour mark of Saturday’s 64th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

Christian Fittipaldi was scored as the leader at the four-hour mark, but the race was under a red flag due to lightning and track conditions. The red flag came out at the two-hour, 50-minute mark.

“(The car) was pretty decent in the rain,” Fittipaldi said. “It was just like keeping up with the Joneses, clicking off those laps, still driving at about 95 percent. It was still a pretty decent pace. But there’s still a lot of racing to go. We’re definitely at the point where we can’t make any mistakes.”

Round two of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship presented the 49-car field with a variety of weather conditions. The event started at 10:40 a.m. ET in warm and sunny conditions, but it began raining for the first time an hour and 35 minutes into the race.

TOTAL Pole Award winner Olivier Pla led twice for 34 of the opening 38 laps in the No. 60 Tire Kingdom Honda Ligier JS P2. Fittipaldi then led the next 28 laps prior to the red flag.

Fittipaldi was leading at the red flag in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP co-driven by João Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque. Their Action Express Racing teammates – the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP piloted by Dane Cameron at the red – was running second to earn a four-point bonus, while the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP of Jordan Taylor was third to score three points. All other competitors were awarded two points.

The Patrón Endurance Cup began with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January, and continues with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in July and the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta in October.

Nick Tandy was leading at the four-hour mark in GT Le Mans (GTLM), co-driving the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR with Patrick Pilet and Kevin Estre.

Rolex 24 Prototype Challenge (PC) class winner Stephen Simpson joined co-drivers Misha Goikhberg, Chris Miller and Kenton Koch in leading PC in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA FLM09.

In GT Daytona (GTD), defending Sebring winner Mario Farnbacher took the five-point bonus for himself and Alex Job Racing co-drivers Ian James and Alex Riberas in the No. 23 Team Seattle/Heart of Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The next point-scoring segment ends at the eight-hour mark, with points also awarded at the finish.

CREDIT: IMSA Communications

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