Andrea Caldarelli, Corey Lewis, Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow emerged victorious for Paul Miller Racing in an action-packed Rolex 24 at Daytona battle that noticed Lamborghini declare its third straight GT Daytona class win within the race.
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evos completed first and second as Paul Miller beat the GRT Magnus crew of Spencer Pumpelly, John Potter, Andy Lally and Marco Mapelli to the win.
WRT Speedstar accomplished the rostrum with its Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo shared by Mirko Bortolotti, Rolf Ineichen, Daniel Morad and Dries Vanthoor.
It marked the Paul Miller’s first Rolex 24 class triumph, bettering on the crew’s previous-best results of second recorded within the 2011 version.
This weekend’s GTD race was unpredictable during Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening, however a number one quartet of victory contenders emerged as daybreak arrived.
These had been the Lamborghinis from Paul Miller Racing and GRT Magnus, the Audi of WRT Speedstar, and Wright Motorports’ Porsche 911 GT3 R, with the group exchanging the category lead a number of occasions whereas methods converged within the closing two hours.
With 5 and a half hours to go, Vanthoor seized the lead for WRT by drawing alongside Lewis within the Daytona tri-oval.
The pair ran side-by-side by the following sequence of corners earlier than Vanthoor finally swept across the outdoors on the horseshoe.
Nonetheless, momentum shifted with 5 hours remaining throughout the race’s fifth full course warning, which brought on by a dramatic fireplace for the GRT-prepared GEAR Racing Lamborghini.
The GRT Magnus squad made up two spots throughout the ensuing spherical of yellow flag pit stops, with new chief Pumpelly popping out forward of each Vanthoor and Lewis.
Nonetheless, Vanthoor produced a string of fast laps to as soon as once more make a go for the lead, though this was short-lived as a result of the Paul Miller Lamborghini later jumped forward of WRT’s Audi within the pits throughout the sixth and closing warning.
With simply over an hour to go, Mapelli was pressured to defend laborious from Caldarelli however the GRT Magnus driver managed to maintain his fellow Lamborghini works driver and GT World Problem Europe co-champion at bay.
When Mapelli pitted, Caldarelli assumed the lead and was not set to come back in for one more eight or 9 laps, however the Paul Miller squad elected to carry its man in early for the penultimate stint to leapfrog GRT within the pits.
This technique name swapped the 2 Lamborghinis round, with Caldarelli arriving onto the ultimate stint with an 18-second benefit.
An additional 40 seconds again was Mirko Bortolotti within the WRT Audi, which dropped out of the lead chase within the final two hours.
Caldarelli went onto handle the hole again to Mapelli whereas Bortolotti misplaced a while to second-place to the purpose of being simply 5 seconds away from Wright’s Klaus Bachler on the end.
Fifth place went to the Black Swan Racing Porsche, which began the weekend as a Wright chassis, whereas Turner Motorsport’s BMW M6 GT3 completed sixth in school.
These two vehicles completed a lap down together with the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 and the very best of the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evos.
The pole-sitting Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R was a dominant pressure within the opening half of the race however its victory bid was dismantled by a driveshaft drawback in Hour 16.
It returned to the monitor with slightly below seven hours remaining however misplaced 12 laps and was labeled second-last in GTD.
RESULTS: Rolex 24 at Daytona