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USCC: Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona – #02 Ganassi, Corvette Racing win

The #62 Ferrari retired from the lead with engine issues in the middle of the night, moving the Corvette’s back to the front, #4 leading #3. Marc Lieb was following the #007 GTD-class Aston Martin when teammate Earl Bamber (#912) collided with him in the west hairpin. The #4 stepped out of the lead with a tire puncture, the #3 taking the lead, Magnussen driving.

With 7 hours left to race the #02 (Kanaan) led the #01 and the #10 (Ricky Taylor, -33.482 sec), the three being the only cars remaining on the lead lap. Colin Braun led PC in the #54, Antonio Garcia GTLM in the #3 Corvette, and Jeff Segal GTD in the #63 Ferrari. The #02 came in for a regular stop, with brake work on the right front also taking place and Kanaan remaining in the car and retaking the track in third behind the #01 and #10.

A full-course caution came out at 6:54. Both the #01 and #02 came in under caution. Hand remained in the #01. The #02 decided to take advantage of the yellow to do further brake work, but cycled back out in front of the pace car and remained on the lead lap, the #10 moving to the front.

The green came out at 6:35. With 6:16 left, the #4 led GTLM with the #93 Viper SRT (Dominic Farnbacher) in front in GTD.

Joao Barbosa leapfrogged three competitors shortly before the end of the 18th hour due to quick work by the Action Express pit crew. Jordan Taylor was running second. Corvette Racing’s pair of C7.Rs ran 1-2 in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class for the third consecutive 6-hr segment. Oliver Gavin led in the #4. CORE autosport also remained perfect, Braun surviving a second cut tire to retain the lead. The opening segment leader in GTD was also out front at the end of the third 6 hours.

Sage Karam brought the #01 in reporting clutch slip. Ganassi was penalized for having too many crew over the wall. Meanwhile the #10 passed the #02 on track for the overall lead.

With 1 hr 35 min left in the race the #10 (Jordan Taylor) led the #02 (Scott Dixon) by 4.116 sec and the #5 Action Express Corvette DP (Sebastien Bourdais) by 21 sec. The #01 continued to experience mechanical problems. Antonio Garcia (#3 Corvette) led Dirk Werner (#25 BMW) by almost 1 min, the two holding a 5-lap gap on the #4.

Five minutes later and Dixon had closed to 1.9 sec behind Taylor. Braun continued to lead PC in the #54 CORE autosports entry and Farnbacher GTD in the Riley Motorsports Viper. The #01 officially retired.

Taylor pitted at 1:06, Dixon retaking the lead. The #02 pitted 3 min later, Dixon staying behind the wheel. Dixon came out in front of Taylor. Mike Skeen and Cooper MacNeil began grousing about the Viper’s GTD dominance, Skeen tweeting “What’s the best way to win the #Rolex24 in GTD? Bring a GTLM car” and MacNeil offering an “Amen” in response. Tommy Milner got in on the act too: “That thing has more motor than any other car by a lot. Feel for you guys.”


 

The #10 pitted with 40 min left. The #02 followed one lap later. Dixon retained the lead. Braun’s PC lead stood at 54 sec. The PC-leading #54 CORE entry left the track at Turn 5 with 20 min to go. He got back on track, hit the wall, and burst into flames. Tom Kimber-Smith (#52 PR1 Motorsports) moved into the lead with the cars circulating under caution.

Jordan Taylor pitted with 11 min left and pit lane closed to make a driver change to brother Ricky, Jordan on the brink of having exceeded 4 hours behind the wheel out of the past 6, in violation of race rules. Bourdais moved into P2 in the #5 with the Taylor car dropping to third.

The #02 took the overall win, with #3 Corvette taking GTLM. The #93 Viper won GTD. Kimber-Smith topped PC.

 

Partial Results:

Prototype

1. #02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost-Riley; Scott Dixon (New Zealand), Tony Kanaan (Brazil), Kyle Larson (US), Jamie McMurray (US).

2. #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP; Joao Barbosa (Portugal), Christian Fittipaldi (Brazil), Sebastien Bourdais (France); -1.333 sec.

3. #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP; Ricky Taylor (US), Jordan Taylor (US), Max Angelelli (Monaco); -1:07.074.

 

GTLM

1. #3 Corvette Racing C7.R; Antonio Garcia (Spain), Jan Magnussen (Denmark); Ryan Briscoe (Australia)

2. #25 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE; Dirk Werner (Germany), Bill Auberlen (US), Augusto Farfus (Brazil), Bruno Spengler (France); -0.478 sec

 

PC

1. #52 PR1 Motorsports; Tom Kimber-Smith (UK), Mike Guasch (US), Andrew Novich (US), Andrew Palmer (US)

2. #16 BAR1 Motorsports: Johnny Mowlem (UK), Tom Papadopoulos (US), Tomy Drissi (US), Brian Alder (US); -1 lap

 

GTD

1. #93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT; Dominik Farnbacher (Germany), Kuno Wittmer (Canada), Al Carter (US), Cameron Lawrence (US)

2. #22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America; Shane van Gisbergen (New Zealand), Cooper MacNeil (US), Leh Keen (US), Andrew Davis (US); -7.588 sec

3. #58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America; Phillip Eng (Austria), Madison Snow (US), Jan Heylen (Belgium), Patrick Dempsey (US); -2 laps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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