24 Hours of Daytona 2024, the big challenge of Cadillac-Porsche-Bmw

24 Hours of Daytona 2024, the big challenge of Cadillac-Porsche-Bmw

The Cadillacs of Aitken, Derani and Blomqvist will start from pole in the prestigious race that will launch the Stars and Stripes car season. In GTD Ferrari and Mercedes expected a tough fight with Porsche, Lexus and Corvette

Nico Patrizi


The qualifying tests last weekend they already established the starting grid for the 2024 24 Hours of Daytona, the first race of the season. IMSA and of Michelin Endurance Cup which will also include the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 6 Hours of the Glen, the new 6 Hours of Indianapolis and the Petit Le Mans of Atlanta Road. A race that traditionally launches the American racing season you will see a “monster” column of 59 unitsoffering a sort of preview of the 2024 FIA WEC season as well without Toyota and Ferrari hypercars.


They were and Cadillac GTP della Whelen Racing making complete spoils as far as the front row is concerned. It will be a car Pipo Derani, Jack Aitken and Tom Blomqvist shooting at the post, with his teammates Sébastien Bourdais, Renger Van der Zande, Scott Dixon and Alex Palou in second place. The presence of the 2023 IndyCar champion is very interesting, as he intends to add the prestigious race of Florida to his palms. The Porsche e Bmw GTP currently have to chase. The best of Porsches is that of Philip Nasr, Matt Campbell, Joseph Newgarden and Frederick Makowiecki which will start from third place on the grid, the best time Bmw he will start in fourth place behind the wheel Connor De Philippi, Nick Yelloly, Maxime Martin and René Rast, who recently joined the ranks of the Bavarian house. Even of Acura GTP does not seem to be bad with the car Louis Deletraz, Jordan Taylor, Colton Herta and Jenson Button in fifth place ahead of its brand partners Brendon Hartley, Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor and Marcus Nokia.


“Expelled” from the FIA ​​WEC Special LMP 2 cars will be able to continue to provide excitement in IMSA. That’s almost all Oreca 07with the sole exception of Ligier JS P217 that Sam Creech Motorsport fields Siegel, Edgar, Willsey and the last Formula Europa Boxer champion Joao Barbosaand they still have the ability to achieve good times as it shows tenth place on the grid was achieved by the Oreca United Autosport USA contender Ben Hanley, Ben Keating, Nico Pino and Pato O’Ward., returning from a poor season in IndyCar with Arrow McLaren. Behind him the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports boat driven by Jakub Smiechowski, Nick Boulle, Clément Novalak and French artist Tom Dillmann, a driver with a past in Italian Formula 3. In this class there is also an Italian presence AF Corse which will present the Oreca 07 being tested by Matthieu Vaxivière, Nicklas Nielsen, Luis Perez Companc and Lilou Wadoux: for the Frenchman it is the first time in a sports car after the good results achieved in the GTE class in the 2023 edition of the FIA ​​​​WEC.

open struggle between gtds

There are two classes of cars in Gran Turismo, the GTD Pro and GTD simple. In GTD Pro stands out Porsche 911 GT3R by Michael Christensen, Sebastian Priaulx and Laurin Heinrichtwenty three overall on the grid, while in GTD the exploit was recorded by Lexus RC F GT3 of Ritomo Miyata, Frankie Montecalvo, Aaron Telitz and Parker Thompson best time writers in the category and twenty fifth time writers overall. Good results so far for Ferrari 296 GT3. The best is the Conquest Racing by car Albert Costa, Manny Franco, Alessandro Balzan and Cédric Sbirrazzuoli who posted a time of 1’44”722, but also performed well Antonio Fuoco and Miguel Molinausually the main characters in the WEC including the Ferrari 499P Hypercar. The first divides 296 by Eddie Cheever III, Roberto Lacorte and Giorgio Sernagiotto the second time he will compete with Simon Mann, François Heriau and Kei Cozzolino on AF Corse 296. The first car got the seventh time in GTD and second class seventeen. Also noteworthy is the thirteenth time in the GTD class with 296 Triarsi Tournament divided between Onofrio Triarsi, Alessio Rovera, Charles Scardina and Riccardo Agostini. They chase them Mercedes AMG together with tenth place for Maro Engel in the GTD Pro class and Phillip Eng seventeenth in the GTD class as the best qualifying result. A single Three-Pointed Star Force to pursue it will be formed Maro Engel, Jules Gounon, Luca Stolz and Kenny Habul aiming for the GTD PRO title with the SunEnergy1 car. Engel himself declared that “satisfied for the tuning and reliability of the AMG GT3but we are not happy with the results. Tenth place in the GTD Pro class is not our expectation“. Mikael Grenier del Team Korthoff/Preston Motorsports soistene che “the car is improving every session and the team is doing a great job but we have to get used to the new tires“.

Anticipation for the race is growing

The day ofThursday several free practice sessions are planned. The 10.05am and 6.35pm indoor sessions will be open to allwhile the one at 2.10pm will be given to GTDs and the one at 2.25pm ​​for GTD Pro cars. Another free practice session will be held on Friday from 11.20 am. The race will start sSaturday at 1.40pm local time, 7.40pm in Europe. The Endurance Event is on the sixty-second edition of his history: the first race was 1962, just three years after the song’s official launch. Mercedes palms are still “small”. who boasts two GT3 and AMG class victories for seven participations from 2017 to 2022. Ferrari palms are richer which can boast such complete success as that of Bandini and Amon in 1967 and 330 P3/P4 and that of Giampiero Moretti, Arie Luyendyk, Mauro Baldi and Didier Theys in 1998 and 333 Sp. In the most recent days, victory in 2014 and Alessandro Pier Guidi in the GTD class with one Ferrari 458 Italy divided by the Americans Tucker, Sweedler, Bell and Segal.