Six hours down, 18 to go. The Daytona 24 has had everything so far from close racing to crashes. We go over the fifth and sixth hour of racing.
Whilst the 24 started under sunshine and cloudless skies, the fifth hour mark sees the fall of darkness cast over Daytona.
The fifth hour was the quietest of the racing hours so far. With no safety cars, and no significant dramas for anyone throughout the five classes.
Throughout the DPi class, #01 Cadillac DPi have managed to pull a 12.776s gap back to the rest of the field despite changing drivers halfway through the hour.
Driver changes, tyre swaps and fueling where the main focus for the DPi teams throughout the seventh hour of racing.
In LMP2, #29 ORECA LMP2 07, has pulled a 9.408s gap back to his competition.
Throughout the rest of the LMP2 field, its much the same story as the DPi grid. Fuelling and drivers swaps where the priorities.
LMP3, GTD-Pro and GTD where all the same as the top two classes. Driver changes and fueling setting up for a thrilling next couple of hours.
With 15 minutes gone in the fifth hour, #28 Mercedes-AMG GTD class car appeared from behind the wall and rejoined the race down in down in 49th place.
Will Stevens in the #10 Acura was gaining consistently every lap on the #60 Acura in front of him piloted by Oliver Jarvis.
There was a full course yellow with 22 minutes left of the sixth hour. The car in the wall was the #64 Team TGM car racing in the GTD-Pro category.
Racing got underway again at the six-hour mark, it’s yet again not a clean start with cars off. Everyone is able to continue and thankfully there is no damage across the multiple classes involved.
As we head into the seventh hour, darkness has well and truly taken over.
With another two hours done, and 18 more to go, what else will the Daytona 24 throw at the competitors?