Posted on January 27, 2020 Tags: Rolex 24H Daytona
It was a great Australia Day for racers Ryan Briscoe and Chaz Mostert with victories on Sunday in the prestigious Rolex 24 Hour at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. The Konica Minolta Cadillac squad of 38-year-old US based-Briscoe, Kiwi Scott Dixon, Kamui Kobayashi and Renger van der Zande claimed outright honours.
Briscoe overcame a 60-second penalty – after not stopping at a red light at pit exit – and a power steering issue – on his way to the podium.
And Ryan’s younger compatriot – and Supercars star – demonstrated just what a class act he is by helping his BMW Team RLL entry to a GT Le Mans win taking the lead in the final hour in the endurance classic.
Mostert, likened his win to winning the Bathurst 1000. And the iconic Mount Panorama is where he’ll be this coming weekend for the Liqui-Moli Bathurst 12H, racing a BMW M6 GT3 for Walkenhorst Motorsport.
“It took 12 months for the 1000 to sink in, and it’ll probably take 12 months for this to sink in!” Chas Mostert, Superstar.
The team started sixth in class with Mostert joining Augusto Farfus, Jesse Krohn, and John Edwards and had to battle from to start to finish, including a three-way scrap for the lead in GTLM which saw Mostert’s #24 BMW M8 GTE tussle with the #911 and #912 Porsches.
British driver Katherine Legge and her GEAR Racing teammates Dane Christina Nielsen, Swiss Rahel Frey and Colombian Tatiana Calderón -piloting their Lamborghini Huracan – were bidding to become the first all-female line up to win the Daytona 24H.
Shane van Gisbergen’s AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus finished 12th in class, 31st overall – 37 laps down on the class winners.
Next stop for the IMSA SportsCar Championship is the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 18-21 for Round 2.
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