Daytona 24: #02 Cadillac leads during the night from #48

With eight hours complete in the Daytona 24, the #02 Cadillac currently leads the field as Kevin Magnussen lit up the timesheets.

The seventh hour started off with a close battle between in the GTD-Pro class as the #2 KCMG looked to fend off the #62 Risi Competizione.

But it wasn’t too long before another Full Course Yellow was deployed. The #6 Muehlner Motorsports car, driven by Moritz Kranz, went into the wall at Turn 5.

A lengthy safety car period came to an end as the seventh hour came to a close. And there was trouble for the #64 Team TGM which was hit with a penalty after running the red light in pit-lane.

The end of the safety car was less chaotic this time around as the drivers settled back into racing nicely.

Kevin Magnussen continued to hold a 2.1s in the #02 Cadillac from Simon Pagenaud in the #60 car.

There was drama with less than a quarter of an hour into hour seven as cars #19, #97, #14 and #44 were hit with a 3m30s-hold penalty in pit-lane for an improper final wave by procedure during the FCY period.

This was a blow for the #19 Winward Racing which at that point held a large lead in the GTD class.

With just over 16h30m remaining, Magnussen was lighting up the timing screens as he set a 1m34.000s, over a second faster than Pipo Derani who was driving the #31 Whelen Engineering.

With this pace, the #02 was able to stretch his gap over the #48 car by 8.071s, further showing Magnussen’s pace before he boxed to be replaced by Alex Lynn.

There was a brief off just before Turn 3 for the #38 LMP3 car which just managed to avoid the wall but suffered left-rear puncture and was forced to limp back to the pits.

The #02 led the Daytona 24 at the eight-hour point with the #8 leading the LMP2 field.

The #74 leads the LMP3 class, with the #62 car leading GTD-Pro and the #57 at the front of the GTD class with 16 hours now remaining.

The seventh and eighth hours of the Daytona 24 were relatively incident-free.

With the nighttime very much underway, it’s going to be a challenge for the drivers to keep the tyres warm as the track continues to cool.

Overall Position Category Team
1 (251 Laps) DPi
#2 Cadillac Racing
2 DPi
#48 Ally Cadillac
3 DPi
#31 Whelen Engineering Racing
4 DPi
#60 Meyer Shank Racing W/Curb-Agajanian
5 DPi
#5 JDC Miller MotorSports
6 DPi
#1 Cadillac Racing
7 DPi
#10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05
8 LMP2
#8 Tower Motorsport
9 LMP2
#69 G-Drive Racing By APR
10 LMP2
#20 High Class Racing
11 LMP2
#29 Racing Team Nederland
12 LMP2
#52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports
13 LMP2
#11 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports
14 LMP2
#81 DragonSpeed USA
15 LMP2
#68 G-Drive Racing By APR
16 LMP2
#22 United Autosports
17 LMP3
#74 Riley Motorsports
18 LMP3
#54 CORE Autosport
19 LMP3
#33 Sean Creech Motorsport
20 GTD-Pro
#62 Risi Competizione
21 GTD-Pro #2 KCMG
22 GTD-Pro
#9 Pfaff Motorsports
23 GTD-Pro #15 Proton USA
24 LMP3
#26 Muehlner Motorsports America
25 GTD-Pro
#3 Corvette Racing
26 GTD-Pro
#25 BMW M Team RLL
27 GTD-Pro
#97 WeatherTech Racing
28 LMP3 #13 AWA
29 LMP3
#38 Performance Tech Motorsports
30 GTD
#57 Winward Racing
31 GTD
#32 Gilbert Korthoff Motorsports
32 GTD
#16 Wright Motorsports
33 GTD #21 AF Corse
34 GTD
#27 Heart of Racing Team
35 GTD-Pro
#14 Vasser Sullivan
36 GTD
#96 Turner Motorsport
37 GTD
#66 Gradient Racing
38 GTD
#70 Inception Racing
39 GTD-Pro #63 TR3 Racing
40 GTD #42 NTE Sport
41 LMP2
#18 Era Motorsport
42 GTD #19 TR3 Racing
43 LMP3
#36 Andretti Motorsport
44 GTD
#44 Magnus Racing
45 GTD
#71 T3 Motorsport North America
46 GTD #64 TeamTGM
47 LMP3
#7 Forty7 Motorsports
48 GTD
#39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing
49 GTD
#59 Crucial Motorsports
50 GTD-Pro
#24 BMW M Team RLL
51 GTD
#99 Team Hardpoint
52 GTD-Pro
#79 WeatherTech Racing
53 GTD-Pro
#4 Corvette Racing
54 GTD
#98 Northwest AMR
55 (DNF) GTD
#28 Algera Motorsports
56 GTD
#47 Cetilar Racing
57 (DNF) GTD
#12 Vasser Sullivan
58 LMP3
#6 Muehlner Motorsports America
59 (DNF) GTD
#23 Heart of Racing Team
60 GTD
#75 Sun Energy 1
61 GTD
#34 GMG Racing