Rolex 24: #10 WTR Cadillac wins the incident-packed race at wet Daytona
Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi, Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande are the winners of the incident-packed Daytona 24 Hours race at Daytona International Speedway, the opening round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The crew in the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R triumphed in the rain-shortened race and brings the third consecutive victory to Cadillac and the second win to Wayne Taylor Racing after team’s previous victory in 2017. The race was red-flagged twice due to bad weather conditions and the checkered flag waved with ten minutes still on a clock.
The #10 crew shared a podium with Action Express Racing’s crew in the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac, driven by Eric Curran, Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr. The second Taylor brother also reached a podium because Ricky Taylor finished third in the #7 Acura ARX-05 of Acura Team Penske which he was sharing with Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi.
The #18 DragonSpeed Oreca finished sixth overall and took the victory in the LMP2 class, driven by Sebastian Saavedra, Pastor Maldonado, Roberto Gonzalez and Ryan Cullen.
The #25 crew of BMW Team RLL was the best GT crew, finishing in the tenth place overall and taking the victory in GTLM class. The drivers of the #25 BMW M8 GTE were Augusto Farfus, Connor de Phillippi, Philipp Eng and Colton Herta.
In the GTD class, GRT Grasser Racing Team repeated last year’s triumph with the #11 Lamborghini Huracan GT3. The drivers were Christian Engelhart, Mirko Bortolotti, Rolf Ineichen and Rik Breukers.