Daytona International Speedway, USA
HSR Classic Daytona 24 Hour
13 – 17 Nov 2019
Group E Race 2
Craig Bennett had a lovely dice with Andy Wallace early but the car was unable to make it to the chequered flag due to a mechanical failure. A broken splitter befell the Werner/Mathai Aston Martin Vantage GT3 which retired during the opening laps.
Group F Race 2
Group C/D Race 3
Group E Race 3
Group F Race 3
The remaining Masters drivers finished as a fairly tight group with Mike Furness taking 15th less than two seconds from Chris Atkinson in 16th and a further seven seconds finding Martin Lauber in 17th. The last two Masters cars unfortunately didn’t make the chequered flag. The Ligier JS/P3 of Kyle Tilley had a lawn mowing expedition due to the greasy conditions and could not be extricated in time. Robert Blain came very slowly into the first yellow flag inspired pit stop and decided to park the car there and then due to the very difficult conditions.
The drag race to turn one had the Peugeot ahead but not clear, there was contact, the Peugeot 908 left rear with the Audi R8 LMP front right and it was all done for the Audi. Now Barbosa had to elude the hounds in the form of 2 Pescarolo LMPs not far behind.
For the other Masters Endurance Legends drivers, attrition was the word of the hour. Travis Engen’s normally flawless Audi R8 LMP lost part a critical rear downforce support causing the loss of the entire rear wing at 170 mph! Luck and experience allowed Travis to escape unscathed from this scary equipment failure. Jamie Constable in the 2011 Pescarolo LMP was also having a good run when he lost power due to a throttle cable problem which was misdiagnosed in the heat of the moment.
Overview highlights for Group E divisions were 1st in E1 for David Porter, 4th and 5th respectively in E1 for Jamie Constable and Travis Engen. In the E4 division, Dave Roberts/Ray Evernham and Martin Lauber took 3rd place with Charles Nearburg 4th.
Group F Race 4
Robert Tornello had fastest race lap and 7th spot in the Daytona Prototype which brought him to a third place finish in F2 class.
The James Hagan/Chris Atkinson Oreca FLM09 took 9th in race and 2nd overall in the F1 class. Mike Furness and Robin Ward took third in F1 even without participating in race 4 after a failure in the first lap.
Despite missing some of the races, David Methley took second place in his overall in F2 in his 2005 Chevrolet Corvette.