Aussies solid in iconic American race

Monday 01 February, 2021
Scott Andrews was one of five Australians to compete in the IMSA Daytona 24 Hour endurance race.
A number of Australians have taken part in the IMSA Daytona 24 Hour endurance race over the weekend, with the five drivers all experiencing a mixture of results.
 
With around 50 entries of multiple drivers making up the star-studded grid, all five Aussies lined up in different teams across two classes at the famous Daytona International Speedway. 
 
Leading the Aussie charge was Scott Andrews in the Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 entry alongside Americans Gar Robinson, Spencer Pigot and Oliver Askew, with the team finishing 18th outright and winning the LMP3 class.
 
It was an impressive performance from the four after they started at the back of the class and in 24th outright and ultimately guided their car to the class victory.
 

Another driver to secure some form of silverware was Kenny Habul, with the Aussie leading Italian GT star Raffaele Marciello from Italy, Germany’s Luca Stolz and Mikael Grenier from Canada to a GTD class second place.

 

A difficult qualifying session saw the Sun Energy 1 entry start from 40th place but fantastic driving and smart strategy saw them slowly move their way up the field before finishing 23rd outright. 

Just four places behind the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Habul was West Australian driver Aidan Read, who like Andrews, was the only Australian in an otherwise all-American line up.
 

Starting from 31st, the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Read, Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and Colton Herta crossed the finish line 27th outright and sixth in the GTD class.

It was a disappointing outing for Porsche works driver Matt Campbell, after the Queenslander qualified second alongside fellow European GT stars Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium, Lars Kern from Germany and Canadian Zacharie Robichon.

The race didn’t turn out as the team would have hoped after they crossed the line as the third last car to finish the race in 36th outright.
 
Like Campbell, it was a disappointing race for Ryan Briscoe and his team of Kuwait driver Ed Jones, Brazilian Marcos Gomes and American Bret Curtis.
 
Behind the wheel of the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 had a weekend to forget, qualifying in 37th and not finishing the race as they posted 140 laps less than the eventual winners.
 
Taking out the outright win were Americans Alexander Rossi and Ricky Taylor, Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque and Brazilian Helio Castroneves in the Konica Minolta prepared Acura Dpi.
  
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