2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona: Hour 23 Update

rolex232014 Rolex 24 at Daytona (Credit: Rolex/Stephen Cooper)
Yellow flag running has curtailed much of the running in this the penultimate hour of the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona.Recovering the Starworks car which had an impromptu barbecue before the end of the 22nd hour, the full course caution stretched into the first half of hour 23 but the action was explosive when the green finally came back out.

Bourdais stormed into a ten second lead at the restart with Jordan Taylor in the Wayne Taylor Racing car unable to keep the pace.

In GTLM Richard Lietz controlled the charge of Bill Auberlen in the BMW with nearest rival Marc Goossens four laps down on the German marque.

PC saw another cool, calm effort by Colin Braun in the CORE autosport car who controlled the assault of Tom Kimber-Smith behind.

However, it has to be GTD which saw the biggest battle with Alessandro Pier Guidi in the Level 5 Ferrari not being challenged by the Flying Lizard behind but the Audi was involved in a strong battle with the Porsche of Jan Heylen which finally resolved itself as the penultimate hour moved into hour 24.

2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona standings after 20 hours


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

#54 CORE Autosport – ORECA FLM09 – Bennett/Gue/Braun/Wilkins
#25 8Star Motorsports – ORECA FLM09 – Potolicchio/Kimber-Smith/Marsal/Huff

#38 Performance Tech Racing – ORECA FLM09 – Drissi/Matos/Booth/Casagrande/Campos

#911 Porsche North America – Porsche 911 – Tandy/Lietz/Pilet
#55 BMW Team RLL – BMW Z4 GTE – Hand/Martin/AuberlenPriaulx

#91 SRT Motorsports – SRT Viper – Goossens/Farnbacher/Hunter-Reay

#555 Level 5 Motorsport – Ferrari 458 – Ticker/Sweedler/Bell/Segal/Per Guidi
#45 Flying Lizard Racing – Audi R8 LMS – Canache Jr/Pumpelly/Pappas/Winkelhock

#58 Snow Racing – Porsche 911 GT America – Snow/Heylen/Seefried