2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona: Hour 20 Update


Hour 20 of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway kept running like clockwork, with a handful of incidents not making that much of an issue when it came to the overall and class standings.

The #87 BAR1 Motorsport PC Oreca-Chevrolet under the control of Doug Belefield, spun around in the infield earlier in the hour, before the car’s rear wing failed twenty-five minutes later going into the braking zone into turn 1, before it limped back to the pit lane for repairs.

The Prototype battle at the head of the field was still raging on, but the #10 Taylor Racing Corvette DP carried on its journey towards the end of twenty-four hours of full-throttle action. The two Action Express cars, the #9 and #5, still rounded out the top three, with the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley still in the running, but at the lower end of the top ten, spinning out in the infield later in the hour. The #9 car would start to develop a gear linkage issue when changing down later in the hour, as Burt Frisselle suffered blisters to his right hand as a result.

The battle in the PC category was still continuing on with the Core Autosport team leading the #7 Starworks Motorsport and #25 8Star Motorsport entries.

The GTLM class was still winding up to a battle that could be decided at the final moments, as it was still in a relative stale mate for the majority of the hour. The #97 Aston Martin Racing GTLM car with Stefan Mucke behind the wheel peeled off track to head back to the garage via the infield service roads. However, the #912 Porsche 911 RSR was still being worked on in the garage, due to  a potential oil pressure problem, which led to its inevitable retirement.

In the GTD class, the #555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari suffered some type of vibration, which forced it to relinquish the class lead to the #58 Snow Racing Porsche by pitting, with the #556 Ferrari almost hitting the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP going into Turn 1 by out braking itself, and picked up a traffic cone for its troubles. However, Flying Lizard were still running strong in third place with the R8, as the final standings are not yet completely decided.

2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona standings after 20 hours

P
#10 Wayne Taylor Racing – Corvette DP – W. Taylor/R. Taylor/J. Taylor/Angelelli
#9 Action Express Racing – Corvette DP – Frisselle/Frisselle/Martin/Giroux
#5 Action Express Racing – Corvette DP – Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais/Frisselle

PC
#54 CORE Autosport – ORECA FLM09 – Bennett/Gue/Braun/Wilkins
#7 Starworks Motorsport – ORECA FLM09 – Popow/Fuentes/Tutumlu/Marcelli/Kaffer
#25 8Star Motorsports – ORECA FLM09 – Potolicchio/Kimber-Smith/Marsal/Huff

GTLM
#911 Porsche North America – Porsche 911 – Tandy/Lietz/Pilet
#4 Corvette Racing – Corvette C7.R – Gavin/Milner/Liddell                                                                 #56 BMW Team RLL – Z4 GTE – Mueller/Edwards/Rahal/Werner

GTD
#58 Snow Racing – Porsche 911 – Snow/Heylen/Seefried
#555 Level 5 Motorsport – Ferrari 458 – Ticker/Sweedler/Bell/Segal/Per Guidi
#45 Flying Lizard Racing – Audi R8 LMS – Canache Jr/Pumpelly/Pappas/Winkelhock