It was not the preferred start to the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the #30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche GT3 car, as their third-placed qualifying time was disallowed due to a rules-infraction. The resulting punishment was to start from last place.
Despite the demotion, Sean Edwards managed to bring the car from 31st up to eighth place at the end of his 90 minute stint, followed by team-mate Patrick Pilet elevating the car to the lead in class half an hour later.
A slight pitstop error saw the team drop down to fifth in class, but another good stint from Pilet had the car back in second place ahead of the handover to MOMO owner, Henrique Cisneros.
Edwards was pleased with the team’s pace in the early stages of the race, believing that the team can pull off a back-to-front victory when the clock reaches 3:30pm on Sunday. “For sure our car has the pace to win, but it’s still a long,long way to go. I’m sure we can fight for the win and have a good chance.”
His comments were echoed by both Pilet and Cisneros, who both claimed the car was “a lot of fun” and “very easy to drive”.
Cisneros, however, highlighted that there is no room for error. “Everyone is driving pretty conservative right now. No one is taking any chances. Other than that, we’ll see. It’s going to be a long night.”