The two-hour Formula 1 world champion was immediately on his way when he began his second style in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-VR. He quickly closed the Dane Cameron in # 6 Acura and dived past him at the chicane bus stop.
A step later and in almost identical style, he also put # 7 Acura by Ricky Taylor behind him.
The tenth full course caution (to retrieve large pieces of dirt from the track surface) that immediately followed would compress Alonso's deficit to former leader Felipe Nasr in Action Express Racing # 31 Cadillac. After pitstops, Alonso was in front of Eric Curran, who had replaced Nasr, and these pitstops also saw Cameron over teammate Taylor, when # 7 Acura acquired another new nose.
On the next, both Acura's elbowed Curran restart back to fourth, but they could not match Alonso's sensational pace ahead ̵
The F driver had in fact built up a fantastic lead of 55 seconds, when another whole course flew yellow at. Tommy Milner aquaplaned his Corvette into the tire barrier on Turn 1.
Cameron and Taylor would put twice under caution while Curran would stay out to return on the same lap as Alonso before surrendering to Pipo Derani. 19659002] Rubens Barrichello in # 85 JDC Miller Cadillac had an off when the rain first hit, necessitating a 15 minute ride behind the wall for repairs. The car, which is now eight laps and with Tristan Vautier at the wheel, still has sixth, though three laps behind Colin Braun in the Nissan DPi, run by CORE auto racing.
GT Le Mans shuffle continues – partly through errors, partly through conditions and partly through strategy, but primarily through the class's fantastic competitiveness. Alessandro Pier Guidi has Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 in the lead by Laurens Vanthoor in the # 912 Porsche 911 RSR.
Bourdais was in second place in the GT Le Mans category in the # 66 Ford GT and pushed Ferrari – so driven by James Calado – leading, but the heavy bill saw Indy car ace skate off track at 13h30m marked to make heavy head- on contact with the tire wall.
The case was cautious and slick pitwork saw him remain on the head lap, and the corvette caused caution allowed Bourdais & # 39; driver driver Joey Hand up to third in front of Frederic Makowiecki in # 911 Porsche.
No less remarkable has been the progress of # 67 Ford, Scott Dixon survives a minor spin in the worst conditions to get back on the head and hand over the car to Ryan Briscoe in fifth, right in front of Connor De Phillippi in the # 25 BMW M8.
Milner's shunt, which resulted in a DNF throwing a horrible race to Corvette Racing, as Garcias # 3 runs seven times.
In the GT Daytona, Felipe Fraga had already shown great speed in wet in # 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT, and Luca Stolz continued his good work, albeit with a brief slide off at turning 1.
Justin Marks was also impressive in the treacherous conditions and has now been able to deliver # 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX to AJ Allmendinger in second position, where Nick Cassidy holds third in # 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F in third.
Of course, Motoplast Land Audi is still right in the mix and runs fourth in Dries Vanthoor's hands just before Marco Seefried in the Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. Dominik Farnbacher in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 makes the six different marques fill the six top positions.
In LMP2, Ben Hanley leads DragonSpeed teammate Pastor Maldonado three times after one off from Maldonado's co-author Roberto Gonzalez.
The field reached two-thirds still with caution as officials are trying to clear excess standing water.