The double champion of the Formula 1 world was immediately at the same time as he began his second stage at the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-VR, quickly closing Dane Cameron at # 6 Acura and the diver passed to him at the Chic Stop Bus.
A lap later and in an almost identical style, he also put # Acura # 7 of Ricky Taylor behind him.
The tenth attempt to go through the entire route (to recover large pieces of debris from the track surface) that immediately followed the deficit of Alonso to the previous leader, Felipe Nasr in the Action Express Racing # 31 Cadillac. After reaching the pitstops, Alonso was in the lead, in front of Eric Curran who had replaced Nasr, and pitstops also saw that Cameron emerged before his team mate Taylor, as Acura # 7 acquired a new nose.
In the next rebut, both Acuras resorted to fourth place, but they were unable to equalize the sensational rhythm of Alonso in the lead: he shot himself two to three seconds in a lap, nor could he continue with Cameron. Meanwhile, Curran would have missed and, then, his reduced pace saw him fall in a lap behind Alonso.
In fact, the F1 pilot had achieved a surprising 55-second advantage when another full course flew at 6 in the morning when Tommy Milner discovered his Corvette on the tire barrier at Volta 1.
Cameron and Taylor were made twice under caution, while Curran would stay out to return to the same lap as Alonso, before delivering to Pipo Derani.
Rubens Barrichello at # 85 JDC Miller Cadillac disappeared when the rain came for the first time, and needed a 15-minute trip for repair. This car, now eight laps and with Tristan Vautier at the wheel, nevertheless has sixth, although three laps behind Colin Braun in the Nissan DPi run by CORE autosport.
The GT Le Mans combined continues, partly through errors, partly through the conditions, partly through the strategy, but mainly through the surprising class competitiveness. Alessandro Pier Guidi has the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 in the lead against Laurens Vanthoor at # 912 Porsche 911 RSR.
Bourdais was in the second position of the GT Le Mans category in the # 66 Ford GT and pressured the Ferrari, later driven by James Calado, in the lead, but the heavy rain saw that the car of Indy skated The track at 1:30 p.m. at night. heavy front contact with the tire wall.
However, the precaution of waste and its black lines allowed him to stay ahead, and the precaution of Corvette allowed Bourdais co-owner, Joey Hand, to reach the third in front of Frederic Makowiecki at # 911 Porsche.
No less notable was the progress of the # 67 Ford, that Scott Dixon survived a minimum of turn in the worst part of the conditions to return to the main lap and deliver the car to Ryan Briscoe in fifth, just before Connor De Phillippi in the # 25 BMW M8.
Milner's slowdown, which resulted in a DNF, leads a fierce race for Corvette Racing, as Garcia's number 3 runs seven laps.
In GT Daytona, Felipe Fraga had already shown a great speed on the back of the # 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT, and Luca Stolz continued his good work, although with a brief glide on Turn 1.
Justin Marks was also impressive in conditions of betrayal, and now he has been able to deliver # 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX to AJ Allmendinger in second place, with Nick Cassidy taking third place in # 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F in third.
Inevitably, the Motoplast Land Audi is still right in the combination, which ends fourth in the hands of Dries Vanthoor, just before Marco Seefried in Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. Dominik Farnbacher in Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 makes six Different brands fill the top six positions.
In LMP2, Ben Hanley leads his compatriot DragonSpeed, Pastor Maldonado, in three laps after a descent from the spouse of Maldonado Roberto González.
The field even reached the third mark with caution, since the officials try to clean the excess of standing water.