Spirit Of Daytona Conclude Roar Testing On Top

by James Broomhead
Spirit of Daytona Racing were fastest in both the Sunday sessions at daytona (Credit: Rolex/Stephan Cooper)

Spirit of Daytona Racing were fastest in both of the test sessions on the final day of the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

Briton Richard Westbrook was the fastest man in the #90 Chevrolet Corvette DP that he shares with Michael Valiante and Mike Rockenfeller, though his best lap of 1:39.748 in the morning session was still slower than Christian Fittipaldi’s lap from Friday  in the Action Express Racing #5 which remained the best time of the three days of testing.

With the morning times by far the fastest of the day it was the Wayne Taylor Racing team that ended with the day’s second fastest time in a session when the top four places were all filled by Corvette DPs, though that task was eased as the trio of Ford powered DPs had already called an end to their testing before the start of the day.

Fifth fastest in the morning session was the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD, again comfortably the best team with P2 equipment, though OAK Racing were second fastest in the afternoon session courtesy of a time a tenth slower than ESM’s morning marker. The DeltaWing team’s time also came in the afternoon session, a 1:41.171 sixth fastest.

Starworks Motorsport were, again, fastest in the PC class for, leading the class in the afternoon by more than 1.5 seconds with a time of 1:42.704 with the team’s second car second fastest in class. The team also left Daytona with the best time overall in the class, thanks to GP2 man Sam Bird, one of several new names brought into the squad during the test.

Corvette Racing were the best of the GTLM contingent again, finishing the morning session first and second fastest before SRT Motorsports, though fastest in the afternoon, were unable to eclipse the times laid down by the C7.R, which passed its first public test with flying colours. However, when times were combined from all three days the best time of the weekend was that of Porsche North America, who set a lap of 1:45.564 during Friday’s running.

Flying Lizard Motorsports were fastest in GTD again on the final day, and the team – which has swapped from Porsche to Audi for this season – remained fastest overall after their own Friday times. However, theirs was the lone Audi in the top seven in terms of the Roar’s combined times with five Porsche teams filling positions two through six.

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship teams take a brief hiatus away from Daytona before returning to the Florida circuit for the Rolex 24 Daytona with track action set to begin on Thursday January 23.

www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk  will have coverage of every session of the event and updates throughout the race itself.

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