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Rolex 24 Hour 23: Mazda Enter The Equation As #01 Hits Trouble

BMW into the GTLM fight, one GTD retires, another back from the dead!

There is one hour left to run in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the teams across the board have installed their top drivers for the sprint to the finish. In DPi, it’s been a magnificent battle as five cars have battled for the overall lead in the waning hours of this race. For now, it’s the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05c in the lead but the #55 Mazda RT-24P has recovered from being three laps down and is now challenging for the lead.

The #01 Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. suffered a right rear puncture which brought out a Full Course Yellow. Scott Dixon did an excellent job to bring the car back to the pits without doing any more damage. The team got a new wheel on and the car returned to the track without losing a lap.

Another incident in the last two hours involved the #11 WIN Autosport ORECA 07 which had a brake failure that sent Steven Thomas spinning through the bus stop. Thomas was able to steer the car away from any barrier and get it back to the pits without any damage. Repairs were made and the car returned to the track, it is twenty laps behind the leading LMP2.

We’ve had one retirement and one un-retirement. The #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 has been retired with unknown issues, it was moving slowly on track before going to the garage. Meanwhile, the #9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 that had a drive train issue returned to the track, they are 43 laps down.

In GTLM, BMW has given a challenge to Corvette with the #24 BMW M8 leading briefly before being passed by the #4 Corvette C8.R. The #3 Corvette C8.R, meanwhile, was handed a penalty for passing cars in the pit commit area. They have recovered most of the time they had lost and are now challenging the #24 BMW for second in class.

The factory drivers have been installed in most of the GTD cars at this stage with the likes of Maro Engel, Andrea Caldarelli, Rafale Marciello, and Daniel Serra set to fight for the win in the Pro-Am class.

Wayne Taylor Racing inching closer to their third consecutive win as Mazda tries to close in.

1. #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05c
2. #55 Mazda RT-24P
3. #60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05c
4. #01 Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.
5. #48 Ally Cadillac Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.

BMW mounting a challenge to Corvette’s hold on the class.

1. #3 Corvette Racing C8.R
2. #24 BMW M8 GTE
3. #4 Corvette Racing C8.R
4. #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE
5. #25 BMW M8 GTE
6. #79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR

A two-car battle to the finish between the #18 ORECA and the #8 ORECA in LMP2.

1. #8 Tower Motorsports ORECA 07
2. #18 Era Motorsport ORECA 07
3. #82 DragonSpeed ORECA 07
4. #51 RWR-Eurasia Ligier JS P217
5. #11 WIN Autosport ORECA 07

Riley-Robinson look poised to take the victory, they have a three-lap lead on the #33 Ligier.

1. #74 Riley-Robinson Ligier JS P320
2. #33 Sean Creech Motorsports Ligier JS P320
3. #6 Muehlner Motorsports Duqueine D08
4. #91 Riley-Cox Ligier JS P320
5. #54 CORE Autosport Ligier JS P320

Factory drivers galore in the dash to the finish.

1. #57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
2. #75 SunEnergy1 Mercedes-AMG GT3
3. #1 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo
4. #16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R
5. #23 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Official Retirements

#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3
P43: #64 Team TGM Porsche 911 GT3 R
P44: #7 Forty7 Motorsports Duqueine D08 (Oil Pump)
P45: #111 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo (Engine)
P46: #19 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo (Engine)
P47: #29 Racing Team Nederland ORECA 07 (Gearbox)
P48: #20 High Class Racing ORECA 07 (Gearbox)
P49: #81 DragonSpeed ORECA 07 (Crash/Engine)