Corvette C7.Rs Finish 1-2 For Closest Class Finish In Rolex 24 History

Gavin Edges Garcia To Win GTLM By Only 0.034 Seconds

For Corvette Racing, the question entering the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona was simple: How do you top 2015?

Last year, the team’s pair of Corvette C7.Rs won the Rolex 24, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class and then the team won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The answer was delivered Sunday in an epic 1-2 finish, with the 2015 Le Mans-winning No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin edging the 2015 Daytona and Sebring-winning No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia to the line by 0.034 seconds, the closest class finish in the history of the Rolex 24.

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Derani Wins For Tequila Patrón Honda In 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona

Driving like a seasoned veteran, 22-year-old Pipo Derani took the lead with one-hour, 17-minutes remaining and pulled away down the stretch to lead Tequila Patrón ESM to victory in the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona, capping off a sensational race in the opening round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

Derani was joined by Johannes van Overbeek and car owners Ed Brown and Scott Sharp in the No. 2 Honda Ligier JS P2. It was the first overall triumph for both Honda and Ligier in the event, and the second overall victory for Sharp, who teamed with rival car owner Wayne Taylor in 1996.

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2015 Petit Le Mans Recap

The second edition of Petit Le Mans under the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was a wet and wild affair that saw the No. 911 Porsche factory team take overall honors after a rain-shortened IMSA season finale. This history-making effort by a GTLM team to become the first GT car in Petit Le Mans history to finish first rocketed the No. 911, with drivers Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz, to also take home the championship title.

Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sébastien Bourdais of the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP led the Prototype field and finished third overall, while the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA machine took the Prototype Challenge class win. In GT Daytona, Patrick Lindsey, Spencer Pumpelly and Madison Snow brought their Park Place Motorsports Porsche home with a class win.

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Earl Bamber Wins Petit Le Mans GTLM Pole At Road Atlanta

To say today’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying session was unusual would be an understatement. The 15-minute session for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta saw multiple on-track incidents, penalties and failed post-session inspections.

While Earl Bamber posted the fastest time of the qualifying session, he lost control of his No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR with a few minutes remaining, going off course in Turn 5 and bringing out the red flag to stop the session. Per IMSA rules, the red flag wiped away his fastest time of 1:30.074. Thankfully for Bamber, his second fastest time of 1:30.304 (101.258 mph) was enough to keep him on the pole. However, due to chassis damage sustained in the incident, the team went to a backup car, and the new No. 912 Porsche also co-driven by Joerg Bergmeister and Frederic Makowiecki will start at the back of the GT grid.

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Petit Fast Facts

  • 10 hours of racing
  • First run on October 10, 1998
  • Class winners of this event receive an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans

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