The Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R (#911, Daniel Allemann / Ralf Bohn / Robert Renauer / Alfred Renauer) currently leads the inaugural 24H COTA USA. The German team is one lap ahead of its closest rival, the Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#3, Ben Keating / Jeroen Bleekemolen / Abdulaziz Al Faisal / Luca Stolz) having spent most of the opening 14 hours on the same lap. Further back, the ROFGO Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#31, Roald Goethe / Stuart Hall / Jamie Campbell-Walter / Nicolas Minassian) finished 3rd on the road, but will forfeit its position in-class with an overnight gearbox change. The Manthey Racing Porsche 991 GT3 R (#13, Steve Smith / Randy Walls / Hari Proczyk / Dennis Olsen) will step up to round out both the overall and A6-Pro top three.
The Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS (#34, Johannes Dr. Kirchhoff / Gustav Edelhoff / Elmar Grimm / Ingo Vogler / Max Edelhoff) tops the A6-Am standings having pulled a 10–lap advantage over the V8 Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 (#18, Luc Braams / Duncan Huisman / Alex van t’Hoff / Rick Abresch / Nicolas Vandierendonck). The Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (#10, Harald Schlotter / Aleksander Schjerpen / John-Louis Jasper / Vic Rice / Niels Lagrange) is currently 3rd in-class.
In a shock moment, the reigning 24H SERIES champions have retired from the race, heavy collision damage for the Hofor-Racing powered by Car Collection Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#1, Michael Kroll / Chantal Kroll / Kenneth Heyer / Christiaan Frankenhout / Jörg Viebahn) eliminating the team from the race.
The PROsport Performance Porsche 991 Cup (#85, Charles Putman / Charles Espenlaub / Joe Foster) has taken a decisive lead in both the 991 Class and the Championship of the Continents at the Circuit of the Americas. Also competing on home turf, the Freem USA Porsche 991-II Cup (#50, Danny Stutterd / Sam Fillmore / Stephen Grove) lies 2nd in-class ahead of the Slidesports Pallex Porsche 991 Cup (#47, Dave Fairbrother / Nigel Armstrong / Graeme Mundy / Colin Paton).
The MARC Cars Australia MARC Mazda V8 (#210, Jake Camilleri / Keith Kassulke / Morgan Haber / Hadrian Morrall) leads the way in SP2. Five laps further back is the sister entry (#214, Malcolm Niall / Clint Harvey / Brett Niall / Robert Thomson), while the VDS Racing Adventures MARC Focus V8 (#58, Raphaël van der Straten / Thierry de Latre du Bosqueau /Joël Vanloocke / Tom van Rompuy / José Close) completes an all-MARC top three in-class.
The Brookspeed International Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 MR (#41, Freddie Hunt / David Pattison / Alan Metni / Joseph Toussaint) currently leads the SP3 standings, despite a heavy collision in qualifying. After suffering a broken wishbone, the Aston Martin Lagonda Vantage GT8 (#232, Andy Palmer / Peter Cate / Paul Hollywood / John Hindhaugh) is 2nd in-class while the JR Motorsport BMW E90 (#118, Ward Sluys / Pieter van Soelen / Ted van Vliet / Marco Poland) lies 12 laps behind after recovering from mechanical woes.
CUP1 is led by the Classic BMW M235i Racing Cup (#158, Mike Vess / Jason Hart / Matt Travis / John Capesstro-Dubets / Max Fedler). Mechanical woes for the QSR Racingschool BMW M235i Racing Cup (#161, Rodrigue Gillion / Emilie Liljeström / Mckay Snow / Tommy Graberg / John Mauro) leave the Belgian team just ahead of the Sorg Rennsport BMW M235i Racing Cup (#151, Alexander W. Wetzlich / Simon Tibbett / Benito Tagle / Ray Mason / Quinten Nelson).
The Team Altran Peugeot 308 Racing Cup (#308, Guillaume Roman / Gonzalo Martin de Andres / Thierry Blaise / Marc Guillot) leads the TCR class. The reigning Touring Car champions heads the sister Peugeot 308 Racing Cup (#908, Stéphane Ventaja / Thierry Boyer / Michel Derue / François Riaux) and the NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing SEAT Leon TCR (#125, Gijs Bessem / Harry Hilders / Rob Rappange / Willem Meijer).
Having started from category pole position, the Team Eva Solo / Jönsson Consulting Peugeot RCZ (#171, Jan Engelbrecht / Thomas Sørensen / Henrik Sørensen / Claus Bertelsen / Søren Jønsson) now leads the A2 standings. The newly crowned A2 class champions have pulled a gap to the THRW Honda Racing Honda Civic Si (#183, Douglas Chan / Jeremy Lucas / Scott Nicol / Ryan Eversley) and the sister #184 entry (Calvin Tam / Michael Tsay / Lawrence Hwang / Derek Ferretti), both of which are competing on home soil.
Overnight, cars will be kept under parc fermé conditions. Tomorrow, the race will be resumed from 08.00 till 18.00 hrs. Live timing and live streaming in HD quality with commentary by Radiolemans.com will be available on the series’ website. The streaming will also be uploaded on the series’ Youtube channel. Regular updates will be published on Twitter (@24HSeries), Facebook (24H Series) and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found at www.24hseries.com.
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