• Tim Fullbrook

Rolex 24: Meyer Shank win overall after intense final hour

The #60 MSR Acura of Blomqvist, Castroneves, Jarvis and Pagenaud score a landmark victory ahead of controversial GTD PRO finish



Meyer Shank Racing win the Rolex24 for the first time in a decade, as superior strategy vaulted the #60 Acura to the front of the DPi class in the final hour before Castroneves protected the lead from the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura.


#5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac rounded out the podium, Duval on fresh tyres unable to climb the order after a minor off at the final restart with 30mins to go.


#81 Dragonspeed claimed victory in controversial fashion as Herta collided with Deletraz’s #8 Tower Motorsports car into the newly-named Le Mans Chicane, both running through the grass.


The #8 would drop to third, behind a charging Van der Garde who snatched P2 in the #29 Racing Team Nederland car.


#74 Riley Motorsports Ligier dominated the second half of the race, and would emerge the only LMP3 to avoid major drama throughout the 24 hours.


#33 Sean Creech Motorsport would finish P2 despite Priaulx visiting the medical centre as he battled a stomach bug over the course of the race. The #54 CORE Autosport crossed the line third after an up and down event for the former LMPC champions.


GTD PRO BATTLE SETTLED IN THRILLING LAST LAP CLASH

Canadian outfit Pfaff Motorsports' #9 Porsche claimed the first GTD PRO race victory in an enthralling final hour that saw Jaminet defend from, and re-pass, a fired-up Vanthoor in the #2 KCMG Porsche.





The two drivers would exchange blows throughout the final minutes before a collision through the Le Mans Chicane saw Vanthoor spin, and Jaminet escape unharmed to take the chequered flag.


Risi Competizione would benefit from the last lap incident to pick up P2 in class, their best finish at Daytona since 2019.


In GTD, the #16 Wright Motorsports Porsche scored their first Rolex 24 victory after avoiding drama in the final two hours. Their position was bolstered by a rapid Heylen who kept tabs on the PRO cars to extend his advantage over the #44 Magnus Racing Aston Martin.


#32 Gilbert Korthoff’s Mercedes would climb up to third in the final half hour to take a surprise podium as the #21 AF Corse Ferrari and #70 Inception Racing McLaren hit troubles in the closing hours.

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