Rolex 24: ESM claim victory!

Credit - Extreme Speed Motorsports

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 …

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Tim C

I didn’t get to see it all, but what I did get to see was great. Allowing the Corvettes to battle all the way to the end was awesome. They raced hard and fair. And, best of all they didn’t take each other out. I also enjoyed watching the Delta Wing. It was running fantastic up until the accident. I only wish I had more time to view the race on tv. Maybe next year.

michael in seattle

The way Katherine Legge throttled the DeltaWing up through the field to a decisive 1st place running was epic. This driver deserves to be racing with top teams in the world.

michael in seattle

“Corvette #4 (Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fassler) extremely narrowly came home ahead of Corvette #3 (Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller)”

***That would be .034 seconds***


Coverage on Fox Sports here in US was really marginal. Seemed like announcers were straining to hype close racing at moments when it was not that close. Producers seemed to feel a need to add amped up thumping bass background music to every recap and even managed to make a mess of Sam Posey’s comments. Corvette dice at end was spectacular and Creamer even managed to overhype that at times. The one bright spot in that regard and candidate for the podcast’s “Lewis Hamilton Fashion Award” would be the goatee sported by Greg Creamer. With it, we were able to… Read more »

Negative Camber

That’s Greg. :)

Tom Firth

Heh yes. Due to us having no TV coverage here at all on actual ‘TV’ we didn’t get to see any of FOX broadcast this year so I can’t really comment on it. I do still feel dropping Bob Varsha was probably a mistake on the part of IMSA/FOX however.

What I did see was the entire IMSA.Tv web broadcast, and I have to say that was absolutely brilliant, especially the closing stages of the race, credit to John Hindhaugh and the team at IMSA Radio for that call.