WEC: Porsche No. 14 now in the lead at halfway in Sao Paulo

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Porsche remains at the head of the field in the World Endurance Championship season finale, but this time, it’s the No. 14 919 Hybrid leading the way at the halfway point.

The No. 14, driven by Marc Lieb, took the lead after the No. 20 919 Hybrid of Brendon Hartley pitted from P1 at Lap 119. Timo Bernhard has now taken over that car, which has slipped to third behind Lieb and the No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson.

The No. 1 Audi of Lucas di Grassi has gone up to fourth past the No. 7 Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin, while the No. 2 Audi is sixth. Tom Kristensen, who is ending his legendary career this afternoon, has not yet ran a stint in the No. 1 car during this race.

Meanwhile, in LMP2, the No. 27 SMP Racing Oreca of Sergey Zlobin – who moved into position to claim the class championship following the early crash of the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Ligier – has managed to avoid major trouble and still sits third. Currently, Maurizio Mediani is at the controls of the No. 27.

The No. 37 SMP Oreca is now in the LMP2 race lead after Matt Howson had two off-course excursions in the No. 47 KCMG Oreca – one of which ended with Howson tagging a barrier.

GTE-Pro has swung to the favor of the No. 92 Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR of Frederic Makowiecki. In GTE-Am, two Astons – the No. 98 and No. 95 – sandwich the No. 75 Prospeed Competition Porsche GT3 RSR in the top three spots.

Former F1 World Champion and Indy 500 Emerson Fittipaldi got in a stint during the third hour of the race in the No. 61 AF Corse machine, but slowed on track before managing to get the car going again. However, he subsequently brought the car to the pits, and at last report, the car is being worked on in the garage.

IMSA at Mid-Ohio Sunday: How to watch, schedules, TV, stream info

IMSA Mid-Ohio schedule
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The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to a sprint as the circuit enters the stretch run of the 2020 season with a packed weekend schedule at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge will be a two-hour, 40-minute race around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio, for the DPi, GTLM and GTD classes.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar teams will practice Friday and Saturday. Qualifying will take place at 8 a.m. Sunday before a 2 p.m. green flag (same-day delay 11 p.m. ET, NBCSN; streaming on NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold) for the headlining race of a busy weekend.

There will be eight other races at Mid-Ohio across four series: the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

The GTLM class of IMSA’s top series will be short two entries with Porsche pulling out because of positive COVID-19 tests at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend.

This will mark the seventh race of the season. After Mid-Ohio, there are three events left for the premier DPi and four for the GT division, including two of the year’s longest (the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring season finale).

Here are the details for IMSA this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio

WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.

TV:  11 p.m. (same-day delay), NBCSN (streaming link); 2 p.m. NBC Sports App (streaming link) / TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold

STREAM: NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold (live flag to flag starting at 2 p.m.)

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, as well as SiriusXM

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours and 40 minutes around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 81 degrees with a 1% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for which WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams are racing at Mid-Ohio


IMSA Mid-Ohio weekend schedule

Friday

6:10-7:10 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Saturday

10:55 a.m.-12:10 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Sunday

8-9:05 a.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

2 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Acura Sports Car Challenge