It’s time to chase a Rolex

January 29, 2016

It’s time to chase a Rolex

January 29, 2016


Practice and qualifying has been run and done at Daytona International Speedway with teams and drivers from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now ready for Saturday’s green flag.

The final practice session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona was run this morning with the Katherine Legge leading for DeltaWing racing ahead of a brace of Le Mans-style P2 cars from Olivier Pla (Michael Shank Racing), Johannes van Overbeek (ESM Team Patrón) and Jonathan Bomarito (Mazda).

rolex_gal_4_16The fastest Daytona Prototype was back in fifth place with veteran Max Angelelli at the wheel.

While the P2 machines which will form the basis of the new Daytona Prototype International class from next year are expected to maintain an overall speed advantage, the Daytona Prototypes have shown an advantage on restarts in recent years. With a capacity field here at Daytona – there will always be plenty of restarts at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

BMW’s new M6 was the pace setter in the GTLM class this morning. Today was the first session of the week run in dry conditions and a number of drivers noted how “green” the track was – yesterday’s rain giving the track a good clean.

Bill Auberlen led the way for BMW from teammate Lucas Luhr.

Alessandro Pier Guidi led a pack of Ferrari’s which were third, fifth and sixth on the timing screen.

GTLM class pole winner – the No.911 Porsche – was back in ninth place with Patrick Pilet at the wheel.

Other class leaders including Tom Kimber-Smith aboard the PR1 PC class car and Joerg Bergmeister in the Park Place Motorsport pole-winning GT Daytona entry.

Tomorrow’s Rolex 24 at Daytona goes green at 2:40pm

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