Tequila Patron Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) have claimed overall honours at the 2016 Rolex24@Daytona. The first victory for the Ligier JS P2 at Daytona International Speedway in addition to the first victory for an LMP2 based chassis in the modern era at Daytona. The entrant was piloted to victory by Johannes Van Overbeek, Scott Sharp and the team’s latest signing and stand-out star of the event Pipo Derani.
In the PC class, it was Kenton Koch on his debut in the class alongside Stephen Simpson, Chris Miller and Mikhail Goikhberg in the #85 JDC/Miller Motorsports entrant who took home the class honours.
A fascinating showdown occurred in GTLM with the two Chevrolet Corvette C7.R’s which the team allowed to race to the finish. Ollie Gavin and Antonio Garcia put on an absolute masterclass in the closing stages culminating in a respectful, brilliant race to the line between the two.
Corvette #4 (Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fassler) extremely narrowly came home ahead of Corvette #3 (Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller)
In GTD, the ending was no less nail-biting than in GTLM. Magnus Racing brought the #44 Audi R8 LMS GT3 driven by Rene Rast, John Potter and Andy Lally home to win the class.
The car was so close on fuel levels homecraft that it had to be then towed back to victory lane for the celebrations to take place.
Overall it was a very enjoyable edition of the Rolex24@daytona. One I personally enjoyed viewing throughout all 24 hours. A full report into the event will follow soon …