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52nd Running of Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona Concludes with Win from Joao Barbosa and Action Express Racing Team

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The 52nd run of the Rolex 24 race at Daytona commenced yesterday captivating automotive enthusiasts all over the world. The field started off as any man’s race but was abruptly halted momentarily with a red flag due to a horrific crash involving the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari (GTLM) driven by Matteo Malucelli who was plowed into by Memo Gidley in his No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (GTLM). Both drivers were awake and communicated after being admitted to the hospital where Gidley required surgery for a broken back, injuries to his left arm and left leg. Malucelli is being held for additional evaluation but resting comfortably.

90 minutes or so later the race restarted after a lift of the red flag and clearing the crash debris.

Joao Barbosa (Sebastien Bourdais, Christian Fittipaldi) in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP took home the over-all win and win in the Prototype class while Patrick Pilet (Richard Lietz, Nick Tandy) in the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR captured the win for the GT Le Mans class. Alessandro Pier Guidi in the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia finished first in the GT Daytona class but some controversy ensued as officials announce a time penalty for allegedly having contact or not leaving a lane to Markus Winkelhock (Nelson Canache, Spencer Pumpelly Jr, Tim Pappas) in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS, which ultimately took the win. Colin Braun (James Gue, Jonathan Bennett) brought home the win in the No. 54 Core Autosport ORECA FLM09 for Prototype Challenge class.

Update: Level 5 Motorsports No. 555 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 has been announced as the new GT Daytona Class winner after IMSA officials revealed the situations after a protest filed by Level 5.

Official Statement:

“A full post-race review of the incident on the last lap of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona was completed by IMSA Supervisory Officials. The decision has been made to reverse the decision by the race director, rescind the penalty against the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia team, and reinstate drivers Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Giuidi as the GT Daytona class winners. We regret the confusion following the race, and appreciate the patience by our fans, drivers, teams and the media so we could properly review and subsequently report this decision.”

Elkins expanded on that official statement shortly thereafter: “The uniqueness of this was that it was on the last lap of a 24‑hour race, and so the race director was doing exactly what he is expected to do, which is to make a decision and try to have some finality prior to the end, and that’s what he did,” he said. “The process worked.  If you’re asking could we have done it differently, I don’t think so.”

“The fact is the winning team is now declared the winner, and I think that’s the right thing that needs to happen.”

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona Full Results

FinishCLASSCARCAR TYPELAPS COMPBEHIND LEADERBEHIND NEXT IN CLASS
1P5CORVETTE DP695– – –– – –
2P10CORVETTE DP6951.4611.461
3P9CORVETTE DP69519.48918.028
4P90CORVETTE DP6932 LAPS2 LAPS
5P6NISSAN ORECA6923 LAPS1 LAPS
6GTLM911PORSCHE 911 RSR67916 LAPS– – –
7GTLM55BMW Z4 GTE67916 LAPS2.838
8P42NISSAN MORGAN67817 LAPS14 LAPS
9PC54ORECA FLM0967817 LAPS– – –
10PC25ORECA FLM0967718 LAPS1 LAPS
11P2HPD ARX-03B67619 LAPS2 LAPS
12GTLM91SRT VIPER GTS-R67520 LAPS4 LAPS
13PC38ORECA FLM0966926 LAPS8 LAPS
14GTLM56BMW Z4 GTE66827 LAPS7 LAPS
15P02FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY66728 LAPS9 LAPS
16GTLM4CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R66629 LAPS2 LAPS
17PC52ORECA FLM0966233 LAPS7 LAPS
18GTD555FERRARI 458 ITALIA66233 LAPS– – – penalty for contact
19GTD45AUDI R8 LMS66233 LAPS1.293
20GTD58PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA66233 LAPS0.159
21GTD72FERRARI 458 ITALIA66233 LAPS13.760
22GTD35AUDI R8 LMS66134 LAPS1 LAPS
23GTD556FERRARI 458 ITALIA66134 LAPS3.061
24PC8ORECA FLM0965936 LAPS3 LAPS
25GTD94BMW Z465936 LAPS2 LAPS
26GTD22PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA65639 LAPS3 LAPS
27GTLM93SRT VIPER GTS-R65342 LAPS13 LAPS
28GTD30PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA65243 LAPS4 LAPS
29GTD65FERRARI 458 ITALIA64946 LAPS3 LAPS
30GTD63FERRARI 458 ITALIA64748 LAPS2 LAPS
31GTD44PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA64550 LAPS2 LAPS
32GTD73PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA64550 LAPS31.014
33GTD64FERRARI 458 ITALIA64550 LAPS25.084
34GTD23PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA63956 LAPS6 LAPS
35P50DINAN/RILEY63164 LAPS36 LAPS
36GTD48AUDI R8 LMS62669 LAPS13 LAPS
37GTLM57FERRARI F458 ITALIA62570 LAPS28 LAPS
38GTD51FERRARI 458 ITALIA62075 LAPS6 LAPS
39GTD49FERRARI 458 ITALIA61877 LAPS2 LAPS
40GTD33SRT VIPER GT3-R61580 LAPS3 LAPS
41P31CORVETTE DP61382 LAPS18 LAPS
42PC7ORECA FLM0961283 LAPS47 LAPS
43P01FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY61085 LAPS3 LAPS
44GTLM97ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V861085 LAPS15 LAPS
45GTD19PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA60392 LAPS12 LAPS
46GTD28PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA60194 LAPS2 LAPS
47P60FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY59996 LAPS11 LAPS
48GTD007ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE580115 LAPS21 LAPS
49GTD71PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA566129 LAPS14 LAPS
50GTD27PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA566129 LAPS13.590
51GTD81PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA560135 LAPS6 LAPS
52GTD009ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE516179 LAPS44 LAPS
53GTD18PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA492203 LAPS24 LAPS
54GTLM912PORSCHE 911 RSR489206 LAPS121 LAPS
55PC87ORECA FLM09460235 LAPS152 LAPS
56P07MAZDA SKYACTIV-D445250 LAPS154 LAPS
57P70MAZDA SKYACTIV-D369326 LAPS76 LAPS
58PC08ORECA FLM09361334 LAPS99 LAPS
59P1HPD ARX-03B359336 LAPS10 LAPS
60GTLM3CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R329366 LAPS160 LAPS
61P0DELTAWING DWC13288407 LAPS71 LAPS
62P78DINAN/RILEY238457 LAPS50 LAPS
63PC09ORECA FLM09177518 LAPS184 LAPS
64GTD32AUDI R8 LMS151544 LAPS341 LAPS
65P99CORVETTE DP92603 LAPS146 LAPS
66GTLM62FERRARI F458 ITALIA88607 LAPS241 LAPS
67GTD46AUDI R8 LMS5690 LAPS146 LAPS

 

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