Filipe Albuquerque leads the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen after a frantic fifteen minutes which was bookended by a full course yellow for an accident in the LMP3 class.
Despite the Meyer Shank Racing car driven by Tom Blomqvist beating the other Acura Dpi into turn one, Albuquerque got a run up the straight and made the move for the lead into the bus stop chicane. Filipe would be unchallenged for the first fifteen minutes with the only other obstacle to navigate being the LMP3 accident.
Sebastien Bourdais and Earl Bamber would fill the next two spots for the Chip Ganassi Cadillacs with the fast-starting Kamui Kobayashi rounding out the top 5 after a fast start.
In LMP2 Ben Keating would lose the lead to Steven Thomas in the #11 Oreca but would make a strategy call to pit for fuel just before the full course yellow was called.
In GT Pro, Connor De Phillippi would make the jump from pole to stay ahead of the Aston Martin of Ross Gunn. Gunn would start to challenge again later but the fight would be nulled. Ben Barnicoat in the Vasser Sullivan Lexus would be stuck behind the GTD call Mercedes of Stevan McAleer.
McAleer would stay in the GTD lead up until the FCY with Robby Foley and Richard Heistand in the GT que behind.
LMP3 would start relatively quietly until the fifteen-minute mark when Orey Fidani would lose control of his Duqueine when trying to avoid a fellow LMP3 that was spinning in front of him. Unfortunately, Fidani would collide with the wall but would be able to get the car out and back to the pits.