The 25 Hours of Thunderhill kicked off Saturday morning under heavy rains and strong winds, but Turn 3 Motorsport took an advantage of a break in the weather to grab an early overall lead.
The ESR car driven by Peter Dempsey has built a two-lap lead and completed 83 laps on the 3-mile road course. Even with the on-and-off rains, Dempsey posted a best lap speed of 1:58.459. Because of the early rain, lap times were much slower than previous years with good weather. One Motorsports is in second and LaHouse/One Motorsports is third.
Taking advantage of front-wheel drive car in the rain, Honda Racing THRW 2 built up a 9-lap lead turning an impressive 2:12.877 best lap.
The decision facing the team is when to make the switch to rain tires and the team has been studying the track for puddles and checking the forecast.
“Initially it was really slippery. It seems like