Two teams declassified at Daytona

The Rolex 24 At Daytona finished Sunday afternoon, local time. The race result was changed Thursday evening.

It wasn’t the overall result that was the issue, but instead it was in the GTD category where two teams had fallen foul of the drive times for the drivers.

Scuderia Corsa Ferrari #63 and Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi #29 didn’t follow the times on Toni Vilander and Ricardo Feller respectively. It’s referred to artile 12.12.C in the regulations. Because the race wsn’t completed, the drive time requirements were reduced, but both teams still fell outside the parameters in both cases.

Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi #29
Photo Courtesy of IMSA / Richard Dole

They have been demoted to last and second last position in the GTD category, making a change to the GTD podium.

#63 retired half an hour before the race was red flagged, while #29 finished the race in second.

That makes a new podium consisting of GRT Grasser Racing Lamborghini #19 (still winners), AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus #12 as the new second placed team, while WRT Speedstar Audi Sport #88 with Frederic Vervisch, Kelvin van der Linde, Ian James and Roman DeAngelis was promoted to third.

The three other categories are unchanged for now, but the results are still provisional.

We have had many previous cases about drive times for drivers. We only need to think back to the FIA World Endurance Championship race in Shanghai 2018, where the TDS Racing #28 also got into troubles.

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