2020 HSR Daytona Classic 24 Hour had a sunny Florida style start
Under sunny skies but a lot of wind – a hurricane may be approaching – the Masters Historic Racing drivers started the first stint of the 2020 Classic 24 at Daytona at 1 p.m. ET Saturday with the Group F field taking the initial green flag.
The Group F race ended with a late caution flag, leaving John Reisman (2nd overall) at the top of the Masters Endurance Legends USA charts in his number 33 Hudson Historics 2014 Coyote Corvette DP, with a fast lap of 1 minute, 43.010 seconds around the 3.56-mile road course inside the famous Daytona International Speedway. Tommy Byrne was next on the list (3rd overall) in the Byrne/James Hagan number 8, 2013 Oreca 03 LMP2.
In the group C/D the Carlos de Quesada/Scooter Gabel car number 241 Alegra Motorsports 2013 Riley Corvette DP had mechanical issues. They started last, then rocketed through the 19-car field up to seventh place, logging a very fast lap of 1:42.468 before trouble stuck, leaving the car with a DNF.
In Group C&D the Mark Brannon/Ray Snowden number 77 B&B Motorsports Riley & Scott BMW won the first round in the Group C&D classes, clocking laps as fast as 1:45.629 on the way to the overall victory. Close behind was the number 29 J&L Fabricating 1987 Spice SE87L of Cal Meeker, then the number 1 – 1997 BMW M3.R E36 of Scooter Gabel.
The number 44, 1983 KMW Motorsports Jaguar XJR5 of Craig Bennett and Robert Boller suffered a suspension issue just prior to the green flag, and never made a lap.
In Group E, as he often does, Masters Endurance Legends driver David Porter, in his number 7, 2010 Peugeot 908 HDI, laid waste to the field in the first stint of the Group E cars, with a best lap of 1:37.677. The number 2 Audi R8 LMS of Ray Evernham and David Roberts suffered mechanical issues and finished the race five laps in arrears.
Next races for our groups start at 9pm ET.
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