World news – Rolex 24 Hours 1: Early Problems for DPi, GTLM and LMP3 Competitors


Participants in two top classes had problems in the first minutes of the 59th Rolex 24 in Daytona, which started at 3:40 pm. ET on Saturday.

Oliver Jarvis had problems taking the Mazda RT24-P No. 55 off the grid and is said to have put the car into first gear. He eventually joined the field but took the green flag at the far end of the 49-car field. It wasn’t long before Jarvis mingled with the seven DPi competitors, despite having to serve a penalty for accelerating in the pit lane during his first pit stop. After an hour he finished seventh.

Kevin Estre in the WeatherTech Porsche 911 RSR-19 No. 79 was turned around at the start of the GT race after being driven from behind by Bruno Spengler in the RLL BMW M8 GTE No. 25 team had been hit. Estre drove on with a damaged rear body, despite having strayed off course again on lap two by a GTD competitor. Spengler was serving a sentence for responsibility for incidents.

Eight minutes after the start of the race, caution waved for the first time to remove dirt from the Estre Porsche at Turn 6. In the first laps, Estre pitted to replace the rear assembly and splitter, and put the only GTLM Porsche back 15 laps.

The two Duqueine M30-D08 in LMP3 came together in the first laps. The driver from Muehlner Motorsports No. 6 pitted and lost four laps, while Ryan Norman in Forty7 Motorsports car No. 7 was the first car in the garage.

Felipe Nasr led the Whelen Engineering Cadillac from the start DPi-VR No. 31. He led 20 laps before his first pit stop and returned to the top two laps later. Filipe Albuquerque took the lead on lap 25, Nasr took the lead again one lap later.

After an hour, Nasr was leading in DPi, followed by Loic Duval in Cadillac No. 5 and Renger van der Zande in Cadillac No. 01. Ben Keating had a lead of 25 seconds in LMP2 and drove the PREC Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 No. 52. Rasmus Lindh leads the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Ligier in LMP3. In the GTLM, Antonio Garcia leads his teammate Tommy Milner in the Corvette No. 3 in the Corvette No. 3 and James Calado in the Ferrari No. 62.

Aaron Telitz leads GTD in the Vasser Sullivan Lexus No. 14, followed by Madison Snow in the Lamborghini No. 1 and Jan Heylen in the Porsche No. 16.

The order to start the engines for the 59th Rolex 24 in Daytona was given by Pierre Fillion, President of the ACO. Dano Davis, founder of the Brumos Collection, waved the green flag to get the field going.

J.J. O’Malley became Chris Economaki’s news editor in 1977 and embarked on a career spanning all facets of motorsport in many ways. He worked for Watkins Glen International for 14 years in public relations. followed by four seasons at Homestead-Miami Speedway; News Editor at ISC Publications (now Edgeset Marketing); and communications manager for Grand-Am and IMSA. He is currently completing his 13th book on racing – A History of the Daytona Prototype – and reporting on events for, Edgeset Marketing and Sunday Group Management. O’Malley is an honorary member of the renowned Road Racing Drivers Club.

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