Daytona Classic 24H 2017

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On November 11-12, 2017, I was invited to attend and to drive at the HSR Daytona Classic 24 Hour, in the Sunniva Sport Porsche 996 GT3 RS

DSC00002A fantastic event with loads of heritage, it would be my first time on the famous banking of the Daytona oval too.

At first the banking was daunting, but after one lap you wonder what all the fuss is about, and just get on with it.

The infield section is tight and technical, which is where all the laptime is to be found.

Qualifying (2nd in Class)

In qualifying, I went out to set a decent time, with the thought always in the back of my mind that I needed to bring the car back safely for the race the following day.

I drove a decent pace, taking no risks, and ended up just 0.1 seconds away from Pole in our class. Not too shabby, for first time driving a GT car, and first time at the circuit.

DSC00030Race (1st in Class)

Our plan in the race, which was 4x 40-minute races – all adding up to a cumulative time to determine your race position, was just to make sure we got to the end. If you didn’t finish, or had a stoppage in a session, you would effectively be out of a chance of a win.

The most exhilarating part had to be driving the circuit at night. I’ve driven plenty of night stints in endurance racing, but to be on the banking all lit-up, was seriously cool.

To be racing alongside a lot of the cars I grew up watching was amazing, too.

Thankfully for us, our tactics paid off, and where others fell off the circuit or had technical issues, we kept out of trouble and had none – and came home with a comfortable class win!

With Thanks

With thanks to Paul Phillips at Sunniva Sport for trusting me in the car, and for the great opportunity. I am dearly grateful!

Also thanks to Neil and Rob who ensured the car was faultless and provided help and advice throughout the weekend.

 

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