Max Verstappen Claims Take Class Victory In Virtual Daytona 24 Hours

Max Verstappen Claims Take Class Victory In Virtual Daytona 24 Hours, F1 world champion, the reigning, began his 2024 campaign with a win in the GTD at the iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona. In. Williams Esports won the race for the second consecutive year. Verstappen was a member of a three-driver team.

Max Verstappen Claims Take Class Victory In Virtual Daytona 24 Hours

The #5 Williams vehicle set the quickest time overall around the Daytona road circuit, narrowly beating the sister #6 car by less than four-tenths of a second, without the controversy that marred last year’s qualifying session. WSR Esports took the lead in the one-make LMP2 class, and Williams led the GTD qualifying with a one-two in the #3 and #5 Ferrari 296s.

Five of the 21 cars in the GTP field were involved in the unusual first-lap collision, which saw the #9 Scherer Esports car lose control immediately on the start line after seemingly gently tagging the #7 Altus Esports car ahead. Among the two highly anticipated BMW vehicles from Team Redline that were

Early on, the two Williams cars switched positions, and it appeared as though that was all there was to see off the #6, which soon gained 30 seconds on the pursuing group.

Dramas a little farther back helped with that, as a few vehicles made a valiant effort not to finish second. The #92 and #91 Coanda cars collided in the Le Mans Chicane, the #98 Apex vehicle was damaged when it rear-ended a GTD Williams out of turn seven, and the #5 Williams painfully lost its connection while leading, dropping two laps down with three hours remaining.

Rather, the highly skilled #8 Porsche Coanda team was unable to catch up to the newly formed Drago Racing team, who finished the race as the closest competitor to the Williams, cutting the gap to only six seconds at the finish.

Although it wasn’t quite as one-sided as it appeared, WSR Esports’ pole-positioning vehicle ultimately prevailed in the LMP2 class, winning by more than a lap after leading the whole race.

Calce machine to collide with the overall leader

Up until a little over three hours from the finish, the Calce Team car consistently maintained a six-second lead over the squad. But through turn seven, an equipment malfunction caused the Calce machine to collide with the overall leader, relieving all of the pressure on WSR, who now had a one-lap advantage over MAG Performance.

The #12 Porsche Coanda car narrowly won the race to claim the final podium position, ahead of the #76 SimRC vehicle, but it also received a penalty on the penultimate lap, dropping it one position after the flag. It was an intriguing duel for the final podium spot.

The Success of Team Redline Was Doubled

The success for Team Redline was doubled with its sister #70 car crossing the line in third in the same class, while in the GTP class, success could not be replicated by Redline with victory going to Williams’ esports team.

LMP2 class victory went to WSR Esports.

Verstappen will be back in action virtually soon. On Tuesday 23rd January, his Real Racers Never Quit championship will be racing again in Formula 3 machinery at Silverstone before dropping down to F4 equipment for Mugello.

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