EX­TREME SPEED’S LMP2 CAR WINS THE DAY­TONA 24 HOURS

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey and LAT

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.

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Corvette fin­ish was one of the clos­est in his­tory

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