Stevens in front for WTR with four hours to go – Sportscar365

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Will Stevens led Wayne Taylor Racing for maximum points in the second points stage of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup with four hours to go at Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Stevens did well to hold the lead and manage his Acura ARX-05’s fuel load simultaneously after pitting during a caution period early in the eighth hour.

The British driver remained at the helm throughout his spell to pick up five Endurance Cup points for WTR at the eight-hour mark, with Richard Westbrook taking four points for JDC-Miller Motorsports and Tristan Nunez scoring three for Action Express Racing.

Westbrook moved up to second by passing Tristan Nunez’s No. 31 Cadillac just before eight hours.

Nunez collected three points for being third at the eight-hour checkpoint, ahead of Oliver Jarvis who was driving for Meyer Shank Racing.

Nunez’s co-driver Pipo Derani led the 12 Hours of Sebring at the half, but Wayne Taylor Racing jumped to the head of the DPi field a few minutes later in a caution-induced pit cycle.

The fifth Full Course Yellow of the race was caused by car debris on the Ullman Straight.

After just one green-flag lap, the yellows returned when Harry Gottsacker spun out at Turn 17 in the Muelhner Motorsports Duqueine D08 Nissan.

WTR remained at the head of the field when racing resumed in the middle of the seventh hour, with Ricky Taylor holding off Tom Blomqvist in the Meyer Shank Acura.

In the green flag race after the seventh and most recent caution for the CORE autosport LMP3 Ligier stopping at the pit exit, Stevens held the WTR lead as the MSR Acura with Jarvis at the wheel trailed behind the Action Express No. 31 and the JDC-Miller Cadillacs.

In the Endurance Cup standings, Wayne Taylor Racing and JDC-Miller Motorsports drivers are tied for the top of the table with 20 points.

Nicky Catsburg led a close GTD Pro battle with four hours to go, the Dutchman moving the lone Chevrolet Corvette C8.R to the head of the field with a daring multi-corner pass over Pfaff Motorsports Porsche driver Matt Campbell who started in Turn. 1.

Pfaff gained track position due to the timing of the seventh caution, while TR3 Racing, BMW Team RLL and Vasser Sullivan are also preparing to battle for class victory.

Inception Racing took maximum Endurance Cup points in GTD courtesy of Jordan Pepper behind the wheel of the No. 70 McLaren 720S GT3.

Several cars are in the mix, including the No. 21 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Ev0 2022 and the Alegra Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, which were two-thirds behind in second and third respectively.

Winward Racing’s Mercedes-AMG was one of the leading contenders that was left on the road shortly after the half due to an electrical problem.

The No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07 Gibson earned maximum Endurance Cup points in LMP2, moments before Scott Huffaker stopped the car.

LMP3 was led by Malthe Jakobsen after the Sean Creech Motorsport driver made a timely move on Kay van Berlo at Turn 3 with four hours and 15 minutes to go.

daniel lloyd

daniel lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, which covers the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, AWS-powered Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.