The Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of the most grueling endurance races in the world of sports car and prototype racing. In the realm of long driver stints, sleep deprivation and battling in the dark Porsche is the winningest factory flag to be raised above the world circuits but the new chassis of the RSR left a little bit of uncertainty as to how things would go over the course of 24 hours.
Qualifying for the main event showed a lot of promise as the two factory cars pulled into the pits with the top two spots on the grid locked in. During the 15 minute round Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor weren't battling the other teams but more battling each other for the fastest lap.
The green flag dropped and the Porsche's stayed out front in a beautiful spectacle running around the field within seconds of one another, sometimes bumper to bumper passing the GTD class traffic. Heading late into the night, solid pit stops and changes with perfect tire selection helped the drivers maintain there spots at the top. Unfortunately heading into the early hours BMW took the lead position with a great change over in the pits and a hard with the 911's. As the sun made its' way over the earths eastern curvature the battle was heating up with the 912 RSR being pushed hard to best the BMW.
The morning light was getting brighter and the Rolex clock was showing single digit hours left in the race. With some intense battles and close calls the 911's where still in contention to take over the top spot again with the final time difference coming down to only 14 seconds.
The Porsches ran flawlessly throughout the full 24 hours with zero technical issues and only entering the pits for tires, driver changes and fuel. The hard work of the engineers and mechanics and the incredible driving resulted in the twin 911's holding their spots at 2nd and 3rd all the way to the checkered flag. Overall the team was elated to see such a flawless performance and they are now look forward to the next big race in the IMSA series at Sebring.
Date Posted: January 31, 2020