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#88 Porsche Takes Win In GTE Am After Rain Affected Race

In GTE Am, there was action early on, Ben Barker took the lead off Pat Long in the Gulf Racing Porsche, and fought past the #51 AF Corse 488 before losing the place, the #83 AF Corse Ferrari got spun by the #98 Aston Martin of Pedro Lamy, – The #98 Aston Martin started at the back of the grid after being demoted from pole, which promoted the lead to the #88 Porsche – relegating Collard to the back of the pack. The Aston was handed a drive through penalty. It’d be an uphill battle for the rest of the race.

Before the coming together with the #98 Aston, the #83 AF Corse Ferrari had made its way up to third in the class after the first set of stops. Perrodo was aboard and fighting off the charging Ricky Taylor in the Larbre Corvette.

Just as the race was settling down, there was drama when the #98 Aston Martin of Paul Dalla Lana went straight on into the barriers after contact with the #66 Ford, hampering any chances of a strong race for the #98 car.

At the halfway mark, it was the #88 Porsche that leads GTE Am. His Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR inherited the lead from the Gulf Racing car during the first round of pit stops. However, the big story is that the Championship leader, the #83 AF Corse 488, is up into P2 after having started from the back of the grid. It was turning into a roller coaster race for the AF Corse Team. The #78 KCMG Porsche is third in class, – inheriting the position after the incident with the #98 Aston Martin – looking set to get a strong amount of points.

At the fourth hour, the rain came down, which opened the decision as to when and which wet weather tyre to put on for everyone up and down the grid. The #86 Porsche still lead the Am class with the #83 in third after a great comeback in the early hours. The #50 Corvette had to pit due to damage and dropped from third to last in class and the field.

It was the #88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche that took the win in Mexico, after a race long battle with AF Corse and KCMG. This is the teams first class win of the season. The #83 AF Corse finished in second after having to complete a late stop and driver change, gifting the victory to #88 Porsche. The remaining KCMG and Gulf Racing Porsches came third and fourth. The #98 Aston Martin and #50 Corvette had races to forget, with several accidents and issues throughout causing to make extra pit stops for repairs

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