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24 Hours of Daytona. Acura wins

Rolex 24 Daytona 2021 – This Sunday, January 31, 2021, the Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque Alexander Rossi and Hélio Castroneves crew won the 24 Hours of Daytona after a stunning final. Simon Pagenaud is 2nd, Olivier Pla 4th. Seven French are the podiums in the three prototype categories!

The planet Endurance has started the 2021 season with a first extraordinary meeting: the 24 Hours of Daytona of madness.

Wayne Taylor Racing have taken a record third consecutive victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in a nailbiting finale that went right down to the wire.

The race in DPi was a story between Cadillac and Acura, as the lone Mazda in the race suffered problems from the very start and was never really a contender in the race.

In the early hours, Mustang Sampling and Whelen Engineering both laid claim to the race lead, with the latter starting from pole position. As the darkness setted in, however, Chip Ganassi Racing made its way it the front.

That set the stage for a lead battle between Mustang Sampling’s Sebastien Bourdais and Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon. When Bourdais then had to serve a penalty, the fight evolved to Renger van der Zande and Ally Cadillac Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi, who won the previous two editions of the race together.

Kobayashi came out on top in the fight and led the race at the eight-hour mark, but the #48 Cadillac DPi-VR dropped back somewhat when Jimmie Johnson took over.


That allowed Acura to enter the fray for the overall lead for the first time, with Filipe Albuquerque taking the race lead in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 away from Chip Ganassi’s Kevin Magnussen at the halfway point.

Albuquerque lost the lead again after a brake change, and the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac regained the lead headed into the early hours of the morning, with Van der Zande fending off a failed challenge from Kobayashi into turn one, which resulted in a spin for the Japanese driver.

Wayne Taylor Racing then regained the lead on Sunday morning due to some quick pit work, after which Kevin Magnussen challenged for and captured the lead in the #01 Cadillac by passing Alexander Rossi, but the Chip Ganassi entry dropped out of contention when Magnussen had to serve a drivethrough penalty.

At around the same time, Whelen Engineering’s challenge for victory also fell apart when the #31 Cadillac DPi-VR suffered a gearbox failure. Chip Ganassi Racing too was left out of contention when Scott Dixon’s charge up the field after the earlier penalty was halted due to a major puncture on the oval.

The subsequent puncture bunched the pack right back up, and the leading Acura was then challenged by the #55 Mazda RT24-P, which had made its way back to the lead lap after recovering from multiple issues. It then came down to a tense finale in which Renger van der Zande chased down Filipe Albuquerque, which ended when Van der Zande yet again suffered a puncture.

As a result, Albuquerque, Rickt Taylor, Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves took the win in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05, the third consecutive Daytona win for the illustrious team.

Kamui Kobayashi, Simon Pagenaud, Mike Rockenfeller and Jimmie Johnson took second in the #48 Action Express Cadillac DPi-VR. The #55 Mazda RT24-P of Harry Tincknell, Oliver Jarvis and Jonathan Bomarito came back from several laps down to finish third.


Rolex 24 Daytona – Era Motorsport take first IMSA win in style

LMP2 was won by Era Motorsport in a battle that came down to just two teams.

The battle basically came down to Era’s #18 ORECA 07-Gibson and the #8 Tower Motorsport ORECA 07-Gibson after the #47 Cetilar Racing Dallara P217-Gibson fell away with mechanical issues after the halfway mark, leaving the three entries down to fight for the win. With all other LMP2 contenders suffering crashed, including early retirnemt for the #81 DragonSpeed ORECA as well Racing Team Nederland and High Class Racing, the three IMSA regulars were left to fight for victory.

Heartbreakingly, with just over three hours remaining, DragonSpeed’s final push for a third consecutive LMP2 win came to an end when Fabian Schiller brought the #82 ORECA 07-Gibson into the pits with an oil leak, narrowing the LMP2 fight down to Era Motorsport and Tower Motorsport.

The fight between Era Motorsport and Tower Motorsport got a major twist with under two hours remaining. Matthieu Vaxiviere managed to put the #8 Tower Motorsport ORECA ahead of Ryan Dalziel’s #18 Era Motorsport ORECA 07-Gibson after a slow lap for Dalziel. Vaxiviere, however, had to serve a drivethrough penalty for jumping the start and Dalziel was promoting back into the lead.

Follwong a last-minute stop by Tower Motorsport, the win went to the #18 ORECA of Paul-Loup Chatin, Ryan Dalziel, Dwight Merriman and Kyle Tilley. John Farano, Gabriel Aubry, Timothe Buret and Matthieu Vaxiviere finished second for Tower Motorsport, with Eric Lux, Devlin DeFrancesco, Christopher Mies and Fabian Schiller third for DragonSpeed.

Rolex 24 Daytona – Corvette one-two in GTLM

Corvette Racing took its first Rolex 24 win since 2016 after a tightly contested race that kicked off in bizarre fashion.

Kevin Estre, driving the #79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19, was rear-ended by the #25 BMW M8 GTE of Bruno Spengler while coming to the green flag. The resulting damage brought out the first caution, and ended their race before it had effectively begun.

In Porsche’s absence, Corvette quickly established a strangehold on the class, effectively only opposed by the Risi Competizione Ferrari and and the two BMWs, including a tight battle between the two Corvettes and BMW’s Connor de Philippi on Sunday morning.


The Corvettes seemed unstoppable, until the team stumbled with under two hours remaining. A pitstop issue and subsequent penalty for Nick Catsburg dropped the #3 Corvette C8.R out of contention, while Augusto Farfus passed Alexander Sims in the #24 BMW M8 GTE to take the lead, although Sims managed to take the lead back in the #4 Corvette not much later.

A pitstop cycle later, however, Farfus got back in front once more, but again Corvette fought back, with Jordan Taylor this time taking the lead in the #3 Corvette.

In the end, Taylor, Antonio Garcia and Nick Catsburg took the win ahead of the #4 of Nick Tandy, Tommy Milner and Alexander Sims. The podium was completed by Augusto Farfus, John Edwards, Marco Wittmann and Jesse Krohn in the #24 BMW M8 GTE.

Rolex 24 Daytona – Difficult debut for LMP3

LMP3 had a somewhat underwhelming debut in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, with multiple incidents for LMP3 runners and a number of cars suffering mechanical problems.

The #74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 of Gar Robinson, Scott Andrews, Oliver Askew and Spencer Pigot took a comfortable win in the end. They won by several laps to the #33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier of Joao Barbosa, Lance Willsey, Yann Clairay and Wayne Boyd.

Mercedes score one-two to break Lamborghini GTD streak

After an extremely entertaining scrap ended in controversy, GTD was won by Winward Racing.

The #57 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo captured the race lead in the early hours of the night after the pair of Vasser Sullivan Lexus runners fell away, and carried it throughout much of the darkness.

Sunday morning then brought a terrific fight with the #21 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, with the two cars battling within seconds of each other for several hours and swapping positions on several occasions.


What could have been a battle that raged all the way to the end concluded in drama within hours of the finish, as Matteo Cressoni made contact with Philip Ellis at turn one, sending the Ferrari spinning into the barriers and suffering a puncture.

While the Ferrari’s challenge was over, the Mercedes escaped unscathed and was able to keep out of trouble to take a commanding win.

Ellis, Russell Ward, Indy Dontje and Maro Engel took the win, ahead of the #75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of Kenny Habul, Mikael Grenier, Luca Stolz and Raffaele Marciello third.

The #1 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo of Madison Snow, Bryan Sellers, Corey Lewis and Andrea Caldarelli completed the podium.

1DPi10  Ricky TaylorAcura DPi807 
     Filipe Albuquerque   
     Alexander Rossi   
     Helio Castroneves   
2DPi48 Jimmie JohnsonCadillac DPi8074.704
    Kamui Kobayashi   
    Simon Pagenaud   
    Mike Rockenfeller   
3DPi55 Oliver JarvisMazda DPi8076.562
    Harry Tincknell   
    Jonathan Bomarito   
4DPi60 Dane CameronAcura DPi80754.418
    Olivier Pla   
    Juan Pablo Montoya   
    A.J. Allmendinger   
5DPi1 Renger van der ZandeCadillac DPi8071’07.744
    Kevin Magnussen   
    Scott Dixon   
6LMP218  Dwight MerrimanORECA LMP2 0778720 laps
    Kyle Tilley   
     Ryan Dalziel   
     Paul-Loup Chatin   
7LMP28  John FaranoORECA LMP2 0778720 laps
    Gabriel Aubry   
     Timothé Buret   
     Matthieu Vaxiviere   
8DPi31  Felipe NasrCadillac DPi78324 laps
     Mike Conway   
     Pipo Derani   
    Chase Elliott   
9LMP282 Eric LuxORECA LMP2 0778324 laps
     Devlin DeFrancesco   
     Fabian Schiller   
    Christopher Mies   
10LMP251 Cody WareLigier LMP277829 laps
    Salih Yoluc   
    Austin Dillon   
    Sven Muller   
11GTLM3 Antonio GarciaCorvette C8.R77037 laps
    Jordan Taylor   
    Nick Catsburg   
12GTLM4 Tommy MilnerCorvette C8.R77037 laps
    Nick Tandy   
     Alexander Sims   
13GTLM24  John EdwardsBMW M8 GTE76938 laps
     Jesse Krohn   
     Augusto Farfus   
     Marco Wittmann   
14GTLM62  James CaladoFerrari 488 GTE76938 laps
     Alessandro Pier Guidi   
     Jules Gounon   
     Davide Rigon   
15GTLM25  Connor de PhillippiBMW M8 GTE76839 laps
     Philipp Eng   
    Timo Glock   
    Bruno Spengler   
16LMP211 Thomas StevenORECA LMP2 0776443 laps
     Tristan Nunez   
     Thomas Merrill   
     Matthew Bell   
17GTLM79 Cooper MacNeilPorsche 911 RSR – 1976047 laps
     Kevin Estre   
     Richard Lietz   
     Gianmaria Bruni   
18LMP374 Gar RobinsonLigier JS P32075750 laps
    Spencer Pigot   
    Scott Andrews   
    Oliver Askew   
19LMP333  Lance WillseyLigier JS P32075453 laps
     Joao Barbosa   
     Wayne Boyd   
     Yann Clairay   
20LMP36  Moritz KranzDuqueine D0875057 laps
     Hoerr Laurents   
     Kenton Koch   
     Stevan McAleer   
21LMP391  Jim CoxLigier JS P32074661 laps
     Dylan Murry   
     Austin McCusker   
    Jeroen Bleekemolen   
22GTD57 Russell WardMercedes-AMG GT374562 laps
     Philip Ellis   
     Indy Dontje   
     Maro Engel   
23GTD75  Kenny HabulMercedes-AMG GT374562 laps
     Raffaele Marciello   
     Mikael Grenier   
     Luca Stolz   
24GTD1  Bryan SellersLamborghini Huracan GT374562 laps
    Madison Snow   
    Corey Lewis   
    Andrea Caldarelli   
25GTD16 Trent HindmanPorsche 911 GT3 R74562 laps
    Patrick Long   
    Jan Heylen   
    Klaus Bachler   
26GTD23 Ian JamesAston Martin Vantage GT374562 laps
    Roman De Angelis   
    Darren Turner   
    Ross Gunn   
27GTD96 Bill AuberlenBMW M6 GT374463 laps
     Robby Foley   
     Aidan Read   
     Colton Herta   
28GTD97 Maxwell RootAston Martin Vantage GT374463 laps
     Charles Eastwood   
     Ben Keating   
     Richard Westbrook   
29GTD21  Simon MannFerrari 488 GT374364 laps
     Nicklas Nielsen   
    Daniel Serra   
    Matteo Cressoni   
30GTD28 Daniel MoradMercedes-AMG GT374166 laps
     Michael de Quesada   
    Billy Johnson   
    Maximilian Buhk   
31LMP354 Jon BennettLigier JS P32073770 laps
    George Kurtz   
     Colin Braun   
     Matt McMurry   
32GTD88  Rob FerriolPorsche 911 GT3 R73770 laps
    Earl Bamber   
    Katherine Legge   
    Christina Nielsen   
33GTD44 John PotterAcura NSX GT373671 laps
    Andy Lally   
     Spencer Pumpelly   
     Mario Farnbacher   
34DPi5  Tristan VautierCadillac DPi72384 laps
    Loic Duval   
    Sébastien Bourdais   
35LMP247 Roberto LacorteDallara LMP271097 laps
    Antonio Fuoco   
    Andrea Belicchi   
    Giorgio Sernagiotto   
36GTD9 Zacharie RobichonPorsche 911 GT3 R702105 laps
     Laurens Vanthoor   
     Lars Kern   
     Matt Campbell   
37LMP338 Rasmus LindhLigier JS P320687120 laps
    Cameron Cassels   
    Mateo Llarena   
     Ayrton Ori   
38GTD12  Robert MegennisLexus RC F GT3681126 laps
     Zach Veach   
     Townsend Bell   
     Frankie Montecalvo   
39GTD63  Ed JonesFerrari 488 GT3676131 laps
     Bret Curtis   
     Ryan Briscoe   
     Marcos Gomes   
40GTD42  Alan MetniAudi R8 LMS GT3665142 laps
     Andrew Davis   
     J.R. Hildebrand   
     Don Yount   
41LMP252  Ben KeatingORECA LMP2 07664143 laps
    Mikkel Jensen   
    Scott Huffaker   
     Nicolas Lapierre   
42GTD14  Aaron TelitzLexus RC F GT3641166 laps
     Oliver Gavin   
     Kyle Kirkwood   
     Jack Hawksworth   
43GTD64 Ted GiovanisPorsche 911 GT3 R515292 laps
    Owen Trinkler   
    Hugh Plumb   
    Matt Plumb   
44LMP37 Mark KvammeDuqueine D08413394 laps
    Ryan Norman   
    Gabby Chaves   
    Charles Finelli   
45GTD111  Rolf IneichenLamborghini Huracan GT3347460 laps
    Mirko Bortolotti   
    Steijn Schothorst   
    Marco Mapelli   
46GTD19 Mikhail GoikhbergLamborghini Huracan GT3195612 laps
    Franck Perera   
    Albert Costa   
    Tim Zimmermann   
47LMP229  Frits van EerdORECA LMP2 0764743 laps
    Giedo van der Garde   
    Job Van Uitert   
    Charles Milesi   
48LMP220  Dennis AndersenORECA LMP2 0756751 laps
    Ferdinand Habsburg   
    Anders Fjordbach   
    Robert Kubica   
49LMP281  Rob HodesORECA LMP2 0753754 laps
     Garett Grist   
     Rinus van Kalmthout   
     Ben Hanley   



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