BMW and Ligier take turns at the front

January 10, 2015

BMW and Ligier take turns at the front

January 10, 2015


For the fourth session of this weekend’s “Roar before the 24″ TUDOR United SportsCar Championship test at Daytona we had new faces running at the top of the timesheets with the No.60 Ligier-Honda of AJ Allmendinger and the  No.25 BMW of Dirk Werner setting the pace in the prototype and GTLM classes.

For the second session in a row, the prototype field suffered a set-up with the DeltaWing unfortunately suffering a crash in the infield kink with Memo Rojas behind the wheel.

The car suffered heavy rear damage the team will now return to its Braselton, GA based to repair the car prior to the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“Unfortunately, we hit debris from a crash in this morning’s practice that damaged the floor of the car and affected the aerodynamics,” Rojas said.

“I lost the car in one of the corners. But the most important part of the weekend is that the car is in really good shape – it’s quite fast. But I’m getting used to the car, which is good. It’s almost more like an open-wheel car than a sports car in the way it drives, so I’m readjusting to that.”

Negri’s Michael Shank Racing Le Mans LM P2-style prototype topped the timesheets for the first time this weekend. The reflective-gold liveried machine has been the pacesetter amongst the P2 machines – outpacing the Patrón Racing ESM HPD entry, the Judd-powered Ligier of Krohn Racing and the two Mazda diesel prototypes.

Chevrolet Daytona Prototypes were second and third fastest in the second session with Action Express Racing leading Wayne Taylor Racing.

BMW went 1-3 in the GTLM class – appearing towards the top of the timesheet for the first time. While times were half a second slower than this morning, the team will be pleased with the progress.

Patrick Pilet’s Porsche split the two BMWs while Pierre Kaffer was fourth in another strong showing for Risi Competizione.

Cars will be back on track at 4:15pm this afternoon.


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