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WAYNE TAYLOR RACING DOUBLES UP

Wayne Taylor Racing has won the Daytona 24 Hours four times in the past seven years, and on each occasion it did so with a single-car entry. The bad news for the opposition in the GTP class is that it’s now running two. Equally foreboding is the fact that it has linked up with Andretti Global for its expanded full-season assault with Acura’s ARX-06. Wtrandrett­i, short for Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti, has a new depth of engineerin­g resource behind it, so important in the new era of LMDH hybrids. The driver line-up is mouthwater­ing, too. Among its number are a Formula 1 world champion and an Indianapol­is 500 winner in Jenson Button and Marcus Ericsson respective­ly, and three-time Le Mans 24 Hours victor Brendon Hartley. That’s not counting the successes of its full-time drivers: Ricky and Jordan Taylor, Filipe Albuquerqu­e and Louis Deletraz are all sportscar champions at or near the highest level.

PORSCHE HAS WEIGHT IN NUMBERS

Porsche was represente­d by the two factory Penske entries when the 963 LMDH made its debut at the start of the new GTP era at Daytona this time last year. Now its bid for a first overall victory at the 24 Hours since 2003 – and a first with a prototype since 1995 (excluding Porsche-powered Rileys!) – is bolstered by a pair of customer cars from Proton Competitio­n and Jdc-miller Motorsport­s. That’s significan­t given that the indies running the German prototype have proved that they can compete at the same level as both arms of Porsche Penske Motorsport. Proton was best Porsche at last year’s Petit Le Mans IMSA curtain-closer at Road Atlanta, while over in the World Endurance Championsh­ip Jota led the Stuttgart marque’s charge at the Bahrain finale. Endurance Racing can so often be a numbers game, and Porsche has twice as many cars as each of its rivals.

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