24-hour Daytona ... Ferrari has clean start ... Perfect start for Porsche


Daytona, 25th January 2020

Ferrari’s two representatives, the no. 63 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE and the no. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 made clean starts to the longest race of the IMSA season, the 24 Hours at Daytona.  Under a gorgeous blue sky and typical Florida sun and humidity, the green flag fell as the clock just ticked past 1:40PM (all times in ET).

Risi Competizione made a strong start with Alessandro Pier Guidi running the opening stint.  He was able to pass the BMW, driven by John Edwards, in the opening lap and briefly fought with the Corvette of Tommy Milner, before succumbing to the BMW’s straight line advantage several laps later.

Jeff Westphal started on behalf of Scuderia Corsa and attempted a daring move on the first lap, going three wide into the first corner.  Ultimately the American, who qualified the car in 2nd position, fell back to third position, but is within two seconds of the leading BMW as the race moves past the 20 minute mark.

At the 24 Hours of Daytona, the two Porsche 911 RSR have settled in at the front after two hours. The No. 911 vehicle shared by pole-sitter Nick Tandy (Great Britain), the Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki and Matt Campbell (Australia) underscores the excellent qualifying performance and sets the pace in the GTLM class. The No. 912 nine-eleven driven by Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), Mathieu Jaminet (France) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) took up the race from position two on the grid and now follows close on the bumper of the sister car in second place.

The Porsche customer team Pfaff Motorsports also got off to a perfect start. The Porsche 911 GT3 R (#9) with the driver quartet Patrick Pilet (France), Dennis Olsen (Norway), Zach Robichon (Canada) and Lars Kern (Germany) had taken up the endurance classic from position one and is now the GTD-class pacesetter. While the 911 fielded by Wright Motorsports is sitting at the rear of the midfield, the Black Swan Racing squad’s Porsche GT3 R has made up several places. The No. 54 GT racer missed out on qualifying due to repair work and started from the last grid spot.

The 24-hour Daytona race got underway at 1:35pm local time (7:35pm CET) in bright sunshine. Until the flag drops at 1.35pm on Sunday, 143 drivers in 38 vehicles will battle for victory at the endurance classic at the Daytona International Speedway. The race can be viewed live outside the USA and Canada on www.imsa.com.