With all the hammers and tools swinging in the paddock through the night, one would not be surprised to hear of an impending 40 days and 40 nights of flooding. The torrential rains have come, but no wildlife is lining up two by two at the 2015 Petit Le Man, run by the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
Here we are, five hours into into the 10 hour race, and the championship in many classes have taken a very interesting turn. Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi are preparing themselves for a back-to-back championship celebration in their No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP. With the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing machine having off-track excursions with both Michael Valiente and Mike Rockenfeller. The No. 90 is still in the race, but is too laps down. If the race end with the current running order, Barbosa and Fittipaldi would win with 309 points with second place going to Valiente and Richard Westbrook at 306 points. The sister Action Express team of Eric Curran and Dane Cameron would finish out the podium with 304 points.
The LMPC class is just as close with first placing going to currently fifth in class, Jon Bennett and Colin Braun in the CORE Autosport No. 54 with 318 points. If Mike Guasch and Tom Kimber-Smith drive their No. 52 LMPC machine to win the race, they finish second, just five points back from the leaders. 300 points would go to the No. 11 Chris Cumming/Bruno Junqueira car currently running in seventh position.
Surprisingly enough, the GTLM cars have been lapping almost as fast as the Prototypes, and have led overall more than once in the race so far. Patrick Pilet, if he finished first in class as he now runs, would win the driver’s championship with 315 points. Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner would finish the season a whole 12 points back in their No. 25 BMW Z4 GTE. The final podium spot in the championship wold go to the current third place team, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R.
The GTD championship is closer than any of the above! If the No. 007 Aston Martin Vantage V12, Christina Nielsen ties in points for first with Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler’s No. 63 Ferrari 458 at 279 points. The win would go to Bell and Sweedler based on their one race win. Third place points would belong to Christopher Haase and Dion von Moltke in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS, just two points back at 277.
We’re past halfway, and there’s plenty of racing to go. It remains to be seen if the weather will allow the race to finish, though. The race has just gone into its eighth full-course yellow, the second for track conditions.
After a bit of shake up in position, the red flag has come out due to track conditions. The current plan is to wait this out as reported by Beaux Barfield on the informative IMSA Radio live audio service available here at the track as well as radiolemans.com.
As the cars currently sit under the covers on pit lane, Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler would win the driver’s championship by one point with 279 points. Christina Nielsen, if the Aston Martin finished in 10th position, would finish second in the championship with 278 points, but tied with Dion von Moltke and Christopher Haase. The position would go to the Aston with four second place finishes and no win to the Audi.