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BMW’s Daytona battles
Jan31

BMW’s Daytona battles

While the BMW No.25 remains in podium contention in third place, the Bobby Rahal-run team had a drama overnight with the No.100 entry. At 3 a.m., on lap 360, the No. 100 M6, with Lucas Luhr behind the wheel, suffered a heavy crash in turn one, impacting the front and rear of the car. Luhr was unhurt, but the damage from the suspected mechanical failure forced the team to retire the car from the race. “Something failed, but I don’t...

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Corvette to the front
Jan31

Corvette to the front

As the Rolex 24 at Daytona enters its final phase, Corvette Racing has begun to stake its claim as a key contender to repeat its victory from 2015. With six hours to go Antonio Garica moved past the No.912 Porsche of Fred Makowiecki with a slipstreaming move entering the bus stop. He was joined soon after at the front by teammate Tommy Milner as the Porsche pack began to fight back. The Corvette Racing crew began to work together to...

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Corvette aces remain in the battle
Jan31

Corvette aces remain in the battle

The battle between the GTLM brands has been incredibly fierce but defending race winners Corvette Racing remain in contention as the the race enters its second half. Jan Magnussen ran strongly in second just before the half way mark but a slow pit stop and driver change put Antonio Garcia on the back foot – pushed back to eighth. The Spaniard later had to fight back again after he was spun after contact by Ferrari driver Olivier...

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Daytona a heart breaker
Jan31

Daytona a heart breaker

We’ve already lost the early race leader the DeltaWing and now Michael Shank Racing’s Honda-HPD powered Ligier has dropped out the Rolex 24 at Daytona while leading. Ozz Negri was at the wheel after nine hours and 30 minutes when the experienced veteran quickly pulled the Ligier off track. Honda later confirmed an engine failure for the car which had shown dramatic pace throughout the race to date – particularly with...

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Steady start for BMW
Jan30

Steady start for BMW

Coming into the first race of the year with a brand new car is tough enough. In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship it becomes even tougher when that first race is the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Ford, Ferrari and BMW have brought new machines for their debut at Daytona this weekend – the BMW boys replacing their race-winning Z6 with a new M6 machine. Based on BMW’s GT3 version of the same car, the BMW Team RLL squad ran...

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