The Audi and BMW DTM drivers have completed the Daytona 24-hour race with decent results. Mike Rockenfeller, who, as usual, got permission from his employer Audi to race a potentially winning prototype, only just missed out on a podium finish and was classified fourth overall, together with his team-mates Guy Cosmo, Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante. Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus came second in their class, together with Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner.
The battle for GTLM class honours remained close until the very end. After 725 laps of the 5.729 kilometres long track, the BMW Z4 GTE finished within only 0.478 seconds from the winning team. “Of course, finishing second first time out makes me very happy,” Spengler said after having completed his first-ever 24-hour race at Daytona. “For me, it was a great experience. Hopefully, I can come back here.”
“Finishing a 24-hour race is always sensational, and even more so when able to compete for victory,” Farfus commented. “Of course, we have to deal with the fact that we only were four tenth of a second short of victory, but then, we should just be happy with our second place.”
Rockenfeller and his team-mates completed 734 laps. They finished six laps down on the front-runners: the first three teams were all on the same lap when the chequered flag came out. Overall victory went to Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray with a Riley DP, run by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.