HEYLEN RETURNS PORSCHE TO TOP OF GTD CHARTS
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2014) – Corvette Racing and SRT Viper are ready to square off for the first time in more than a decade in the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which opens the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Jan. 25-26.
This weekend, both teams are testing in the Roar Before the Rolex 24 in preparation for that showdown. Jan Magnussen led competitors in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in Saturday’s session, running a lap of 1:46.010 (120.894 mph) in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.
Antonio Garcia, the 2009 Rolex 24 winner who will co-drive that car along with Ryan Briscoe, cautions not to count out any of the competitors in GTLM.
“It’s not only Corvette and Viper,” Garcia said. “I think everybody else will be there – with BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin. We can’t forget about any of the factories here. We are all very strong, as we showed last year in the ALMS. I think the completion will be real hard this year in the TUDOR Championship.”
The No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage shared by Stefan Mucke, Darren Turner, Pedro Lamy, Richie Stanaway and Paul Dalla Lana was second, 1:46.157 (120.727 mph), followed by the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Robin Liddell with a time of 1:46.165 (120.718 mph).
“What we do in the Roar is very important towards the race,” Garcia said. “So far, we’re running according to plan, to get as much information that we can to be prepared for the race.”
The Corvette and Viper teams last faced each other in the Rolex 24 in 2000, when an SRT Viper fielded by the French ORECA team took the overall victory by 30.879 seconds over Corvette – the closest finish in event history at that time. Corvette Racing won overall in 2001, its last factory appearance in the event.
“It’s going to be a great show,” said Jonathan Bomarito, who co-drives the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R with Kuno Wittmer and Rob Bell, fourth fastest in practice with a lap of 1:46.310 (120.553 mph). “We’re still trying to get used to the differences in the cars and classes. I’ve won here before, but this is the first time here for SRT as a team with the Viper GTS-R. I know this class will be a good battle again, and we’ve got as good a shot as anyone. The guys are doing a great job, and we’re going to go for it.”
BMW Team RLL is competing at the Rolex 24 for the first time, with a two-car lineup including IndyCar regular and 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Graham Rahal – son of team owner and 1981 Rolex 24 winner Bobby Rahal.
“We need a little power to be competitive with the Corvettes, Vipers and Porsches, but we’ll do OK,” Rahal said. “We’re going to focus on the strengths of the car and improve it, and see if we can find some time in the infield to make up for it. It’s been a busy couple of days, but it’s nice to get back in the BMW Z4. For me, this test is vital, because I haven’t driven a GT car here in years. The more time I can get behind the wheel the better.”
Jan Heylen led competitors in the GT Daytona (GTD) category, running 1:48.228 (118.417 mph) on the final lap of the afternoon session in the No. 58 Snow Racing Porsche 911 GT America co-driven by Madison Snow and Marco Siefried.
“We have been making good progress on the setup for this new Porsche 911 GT America over the last two days,” Heylen said. “All the drivers have been with a few tenths of each other as we work on brake balance, suspension adjustments, and get used to the new paddle shift. In the end, my fast lap was a combination of a rare clean lap with no traffic problems, and our weekend setup progress.”
Norbert Siedler was second fastest with a lap of 1:48.253 (118.389 mph), set during the night session in the No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America co-driven by Jim Norman, Shane van Gisbergen and Craig Stanton.
Leh Keen was third with a lap of 1:48.269 (118.372 mph) in the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America co-driven by Cooper MacNeil, L.P Dumoulin and Shane van Gisbergen.
The final day of Roar Before The Rolex 24 testing begins at 9 a.m. ET with a Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge session. The TUDOR Championship machines return for the first of two Sunday sessions at 10:15 a.m.
ROAR at Daytona GTLM and GTD Results.
Posted January 4, 2014 at 09:30 pm
Posted January 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm
Edited by Muther, January 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm.
Posted January 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm
Look on this page on the right side for the .pdf files listed 1-6
- See more at: http://www.imsa.com/...h.1XRyjkxB.dpuf
Both mostly ran in the 1:46 times
the GTD car ran 1:49's consistently.
Edited by burt, January 4, 2014 at 11:33 pm.
Posted January 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm
The Corvettes and 911's are fastest in GTLM, by about a half a second. Good news is that the Vipers are dropping their times, and increasing speed very quickly. In GTLM, this will be a good race. I'd love to see Viper show its tail lights to the Astons.
Posted January 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Posted January 6, 2014 at 01:10 pm
Jonathan Bomarito led the class with a lap of 1:46.496 (120.343 mph) in the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra entry from SRT Motorsports. - See more at: http://www.imsa.com/...h.wEXBt41w.dpuf"
"The top seven cars in the class were separated by less than six-tenths of a second. - See more at: http://www.imsa.com/...h.wEXBt41w.dpuf"
So, the Viper, as it stands, it right in the hunt. O nthe final day of testing, 911 and Vette, could not duplicate their 1:45.5xx times from earlier in the test weekend. The question begs, were 911 nad Vette sandbagging the final day of testing to avoid a BoP penalty? Personally, I don't think so. This class came over from ALMS, as is, and it was already balanced darn well. So, with about 1 mph, and about a second separating the entire GTLM class, that should be the race to watch.
1:47.981 was the fastest time in GTD set by the Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS. The SRT/Riley Viper GT3-R is back at 1:48.944, so it is a second of the fastest time. I am less sure about the GTD class a whole, as it is brand new, and a hard to wrangle mash up of two very different and distinct classes from tow different series. This class is separated by about a second and a two thirds (1:47.981 to 1:49.667).
I guess the we wait for the race. THe official rulles have fianlly been posted.
As for how to watch it: I talekd to a source who works for Fox. They said that web streaming is being worked out. For the Fox Now (mobile PS3/4, Xbox) app, you will need to log in to your TV provider, absolute, no exception. The streaming may require the same thing, no comment there. So, if you do not have cable/sat you are pretty much out of luck.
I went ot IMSA.com and found these FAQ's:
Posted January 6, 2014 at 03:46 pm
The top 7 are within 6 tenths? That's a lot, especially over 24 hours. And that's only the Top 7. Where's the actual bottom?
I know how hard it can be, but these guys should be able to get the cars within half of that (0.3)of each other from top to bottom.
Posted January 6, 2014 at 04:38 pm
Channelling my inner Bob_Sheaves, let's explore the data with a calculator (I don't use a slide rule Bob)...
Those times were the BEST times that each car put up over the weekend. What would be far more hlepful would be their average times. Let's say you take a car to the track, and you run 50 laps a day over three days. Let's also say that in the cool morning air of the second day, befroe the sun heats things up, you run a time that is a full six tenths faster than anything you've run so far. You may not run that fast again the rest of the weekend.
These are the best laps for the #4 Vette and the #93 Viper for each of the 8 test sessions.
#4 Vette: 1:45.743, 1:46.480, 1:46.165, 1:46.268, 1:46.020, x:xx.xxx, 1:45.915, 1:46.866 = average best lap of 1:46.351
#93 Viper: 1:46.292, 1:46.134, 1:46.310, 1:46.743, 1:46.976, 1:46.900, 1:47.143, 1:46.496 = average best lap of 1: 46.479
That breaks down to a 0.128 second difference.This is what I meant by "the Viper is right in the hunt". I threw out the #93 Viper two worst times (it ran all 8 practice sessions), and I threw out the #4 Vette's one worst time (it only ran 7 sessions). That way we are comparing the six best laps each car ran over the weekend.
This is a more accurate comparison of the two. There is no published average of all of the laps each car ran, only their best laps during each of eight sessions. From looking at the data, it is clear the that the #4 and #3 Vettes, and the #911 Porsche 911 are the class leaders. Can Riley and the team find more speed? You bet your @$$ they will. Nobody but nobody has more experience at this track, and at this race than Bill Riley. The Vette's and 911's roll off the truck set up and ready to go. They have been running for so many years, that they have this all down. The Vipers are new to this track, but Bill Riley is "Mr. The 24 Hours of Daytona".
Plus, we now have an ace in the hole. RHR. Ryan Hunter-Reay is speed personified. He may the very fastest active American driver. Under the crunch he is the go to man. As fast as Bommy and Fahrny are, Ryan is faster, and he knows this track. Getting him back is a statement to the speed of this team. He is the iceman, he will not flinch. He can go anywhere he wants, and many (if not all teams) would fire somebody to get him, and he chose SRT/Riley. He is a big deal, belive me. I love TK (Tommy Kendall), but even I would move TK to get RHR.
Edited by Muther, January 6, 2014 at 04:46 pm.
Posted January 6, 2014 at 04:57 pm
True, that information is better. I assumed the above best times were from the same test session - ya know what happens when you assume!
But, I have been there - though digitally - and averages are far better metrics than highs and or lows. Kinda like qualifying in NASCAR where they take an odd line through 3 and 4 to get a little more speed to start the qualifying lap, but on Lap 2, where they can't replicate the first line and keep their corner speed, they're slower.
My point is, I guess I kinda jumped on them too soon.
Posted January 6, 2014 at 05:17 pm
I am really looking forward to this year. I didn't post up anything about GTD, simply because so many cars are new, and all of them are new to the class. GTD is still a little wild west at the moment. After 24HrDaytona, and 12HrSebring in Feb', we'll know a lot more about GTD.
I hate to get ahead of myself, and count chickens and all, but Sebring. That is the great grand daddy of American racing. These Vipers have run more laps there than any other track. We go in knowing how to set these things up, and as other Allpari's around here will attest, Viper did well there last year. But that is a thread for February, not January.
Posted January 6, 2014 at 05:59 pm
I forgot, the Vette is new. They are now racing the C7.R. 2013 was the last year of the C6.R. So, with the Vette's new body, and "reworked" motor/chassis, it could have a BoP advantage. I don't really think so, but we should find out ths week, either way. Corvette racing is such a good team. It was great to see Viper do so well in its first full year back off the bench.
Posted January 14, 2014 at 09:57 am
Yeah, the BoP is very skewed still... Does the sanctioning body use lap times to set BoP restrictions, or actual telemetry? Seems to me that if they are using lap times, everyone would sandbag... Using telemetry would be far more accurate.
Posted January 14, 2014 at 02:08 pm
Actually, the Viper was really competitive. At Mopsort, the Viper was the fastest GT on the track. The Vette won by less than a car length. One more turn and DF woulda had Milner (Vette). We lost that one in the pits, and because of an idiototic Prototype Challenge car. At RoAm we were the fastest GT period. At RoAtl, we were at times the fastsest, we took some off ttrack time, and this was Viper's first race in such challenging conditions (on and off rain). The Viper is more than a match for any GTLM out there, we just need more experience. Corvette racing is the oldest team in GTLM, they are a well oiled machine. That is why they are fast.
This year will be fun to watch.
I suspect they may make some little tweaks to BoP, but nothing big. They are really pretty close.
Posted January 14, 2014 at 02:17 pm
The C7.R is a brand new car, never know when a gremlin could pop up.
Posted January 14, 2014 at 02:31 pm
True Mike, but this is the third (or fourth) all new GT racing car that team has christened. They know how to do it. Luckily, SRT is loaded with employees who race Vipers (RG not theast among them), and as race shop, Riley Technologies is at the top of the field. Corvette Racing and SRT/Riley are going to be dead set rivals. I haven't seen a rivalry like this in American road racing for a long long time. Don't count the others out either, Porsche, Ferrari, Aston, and Audi, all know their business, too.
Remember, there is still plenty of time to adjust balance of performance.
The C7.R is a brand new car, never know when a gremlin could pop up.
Gonna be fun. Just gotta get Fox onto streaming bandwagon.
Posted January 14, 2014 at 04:22 pm
As for your frustration with Fox, I understand, but it is what it is.
Posted January 14, 2014 at 06:39 pm
Another question - will the BoP be updated for each track, or is it a per-season thing? If it's per-season, then Daytona's results might not be so indicative of what's to come at the other tracks.
Posted January 14, 2014 at 07:04 pm