The first race of the season for Andy Priaulx proved to be anything but an easy one. The Rolex 24 at Daytona was a gruelling event for all of the 55 cars that took the green flag at 14.30 on Saturday afternoon. Driving rain throughout the night tested the drivers and their cars to the maximum and when the chequered flag was shown after 24 hours and 652 racing laps for the number 69 car the triple world champion from Guernsey and his Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team mates, Harry Tincknell (GB) and Tony Kanaan (US), were fifth in the GTLM class.
“It has been a good race for us and we have been in contention for 24 hours. Unfortunately we didn’t quite have have the legs at the end. It has ben a long 24 hour race, we had the chance to win it and we were within spiting distance of the leaders. The team did a great job and the stops were amazing. To achieve what they have done was amazing. The stint in the middle of the night wast tough and very challenging. That was a long four hour stint for me, as it was pitch black ands pouring with rain. However, we have seen the chequered flag and I am very proud, so thank you to everyone involved,” said Priaulx.
The winner of the GTLM class was the number 66 Ford GT driven Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais.
This race on the 3.56 mile Daytona International Speedway in Florida will be the only round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship that Priaulx and Tincknell, his team mate in the FIA World Endurance Championship, will contest. They will now concentrate on preparing for the first round of the WEC on home territory at Silverstone on the 18th April.