Astounding sunrise at Daytona indicated the source of the final quarter of the Rolex 24, as a record has occurred for the most extended green flag racing in the race’s history.
Lap 602 viewed 246 continuous laps performed beneath the green, divulging the prior history set in 2018. By the period of the hour that had been elongated to 274 laps, coming over seven hours and 37 minutes. We continue the course for a new career distance as well, with only 16 laps beneath care so far.
The morning welcomed a comfortable-looking DPi design for the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac, with Ryan Briscoe taking over services from Renger van der Zande. The latter set a ruthless pace to put a full lap on the rest of the field ere the handover.
Of the different cars seem to be falling off a small and this one just kept going,” van der Zande said, recounting his time in the car as flawless. It was a big job the team had appreciated such a great night, however, with Briscoe getting through the pit shortly after getting in the car but not standing as he trained to settle a power steering issue.
There was another Cadillac in the following position in the form of the No.5 JDC Miller entry being driven by Loic Duval, but after working in the top three for much of the night a flat left-rear tire for the No. 31 towards the end of the hour further hurt the Action Express Cadillac’s chances, having already abandoned back the Mazdas.
Ben Keating replied to LMP2 action for PR1 in the No. 52 after stints while the night in the No. 74 Riley Motorsports AMG in GTD. Keating had abandoned an eye-catching stint for PR1 at the start of the race, but the car failed four laps sat in the pit lane for repairs after a presumed hit with the wall.
It was an unfortunate spell for Keating as just a matter of minutes later, the No. 74 coasted to a halt at the pit entry and required pushing to its garage by the crew, losing ground in the GTD fight.
Porsche is beginning to edge away at the front of GTLM with the No. 912 leading the No. 911 by a little over 13 seconds, and the paid half a minute clear of Jordan Taylor in the No. 3 Corvette as the earlier stop to change brakes left the No. 24 BMW a minute off the lead.
The No. 4 Corvette reverted to action at 7 a.m., around eight hours later it had gone behind the wall due to a major oil leak. The car was never officially resigned as the team looks to get as much mileage as probable to learn about the C8.R on its global debut.
All of that means the GTD race is the closest on track with six hours remaining, with Mirko Bortolotti hunting down Madison Snow in the No. 48 Paul Miller Motorsports Lamborghini, cutting the gap in the No. 88 WRT Audi to under 10seconds.
Of the 38 runners to start, only the two Aston Martin GTD entries are approved retirements, with the No. 4 Corvette back in the race and the No.19 GEAR Racing Lamborghini also not resigned despite two hours and counting behind the wall.