Sebring 12 Hours red flagged due to worsening weather conditions

The Sebring 12 Hours race has been red flagged due to lightning

Sebring 12 Hours red flagged due to worsening weather conditions

Almost three hours of the second round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship race had elapsed before the red flag was shown, with an increased threat of worsening weather hitting the circuit.

Camera crews had earlier been directed to move away from their stations with lightning less than eight miles away from the circuit and, with conditions deteriorating further as that weather system moved in, IMSA officials took the decision to halt the race.

"I had a lot of fun but right now the circumstances are getting quite bad. Visibility is quite bad too so it's a good decision," said Flying Lizard Motorsports GTD driver Pierre Kaffer.

Action Express Racing's Christian Fittipaldi had been leading the event when the red flag was shown, ahead of the sister Chevrolet Corvette DP driven by Dane Cameron.

An initial rain shower, which was light enough for cars to continue on slick tyres, hit the circuit an hour into the race.

But that rain intensified, with a lengthy caution period ensuing after Townsend Bell crashed his Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 at Turn 17.

The race restarted half an hour later in more favourable conditions, but the arrival of a second weather system caused the eventual stoppage.

IMSA is hoping to restart by 4pm local time, which will mean the race will have been interrupted by around two and a half hours. The clock has continued running during the stoppage so the event will still conclude at 10.40pm local time.

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