24 Hours of Daytona: At six, Acura leads and Derani is second

24 Hours of Daytona: At six, Acura leads and Derani is second


The dominance of two Acura ARX-06 LMDh in the first six hours of the 24 hours of Daytona, the opening of IMSA Weathertech 2023. Except for a short period when the Cadillac V-LMDh #1 from Ganassi was in front, the prototypes. created by Oreca and Japanese motorization commanded the peloton and passed due to problems. What didn’t happen to the two GTP cars.

Still in the first hour, BMW M Hybrid V8 #25 by Rahal Latterman Lanigan touched in the special area of ​​hybrid cars – it lost 82 laps. Porsche 963 #7 (which started the marathon with Felipe Nasr at the wheel) had problems with the hybrid system , returning after 20 laps to the hole.

At 6 o’clock, Wayne Taylor / Andretti Autosport Acura #10 was leading. Followed by the Cadillac V-LMDh #31 of Whelen Action Express with Pipo Derani, only because the São Paulo driver stopped before the Acura #60 of Meyer Shank, where Hélio Castroneves entered to take his first place. The 2022 Rolex 24 winners had to replace all their rear displays after contact with an LMP2. In addition to good cycle times, the ARX-06 shows more freedom than rivals.

BMW LMDh #24 took sixth after Augusto Farfus passed the wheel, one lap behind #10.

In LMP2, Oreca Gibson #51 of Rick Ware Racing was sixth – Pietro Fittipaldi also entered for his first stint already of the night. The team, which still has Austin Cindric and Devlin de Francesco, was hampered by the high times of gentleman Eric Lux.

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For Felipe Fraga, the race ended without him being able to get on track, still on lap 89. Gar Robinson pulled Riley’s #74 Ligier JS P320 with a broken engine. In GTD Pro, sixth place for Ferrari 296 GT3 #62 of Risi, which Daniel Serra shares with Davide Rigon and Alessandro Pier Guidi. The trio received a penalty due to an unusual procedure during the collision, but were followed on the lap of the leaders.

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