EXTREME SPEED’S LMP2 CAR WINS THE DAYTONA 24 HOURS
An LMP2 car won the Daytona 24 Hours race for the first time last weekend thanks to the Extreme Speed Motorsports team.
Pipo Derani, Johannes van Overbeek, Scott Sharp and Ed Brown took the overall win by 26 seconds in a Ligier-honda JSP2. The ESM squad enjoyed a pace advantage over the Daytona Prototypes that enabled Derani to build an advantage by the flag.
“I have no words,” said the Brazilian, who has raced in British Formula 3. “It is amazing to win my first race in America.”
The Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-chevrolet Corvette of Jordan and Ricky Taylor, Rubens Barrichello and Max Angelelli finished second despite suffering from a problem that caused exhaust fumes to enter the cockpit. Angelelli had to be taken to hospital post-race for tests.
Meanwhile, Alex Wurz managed fifth in his final race before his delayed retirement, driving a Chip Ganassi Riley-ford.
Other frontrunners failed to finish, including the Delta Wing-elan which crashed with a Prototype Challenge car while the pole-winning BR Engineering BR01 endured a brake issue.
The race featured a thrilling battle between Chevrolet Corvettes in the GT Le Mans class. In the end they finished just 0.034s apart at the flag, Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler beating Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller.
It was also close in the GT Daytona division as Rene Rast was able to cling on to win as the Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS he shared with Andy Lally, Marco Seefried and John Potter ran low on fuel.