After a very promising start the of the 24 Hours of Daytona, which had Ben Keating on the #52 Wynns / Rain-X / Four Horsemen / Max Connect / Client Command / Valkyrie.ai AI Oreca 07 LMP2 starting from the pole position, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports had to finally retire 40 minutes before the end of the 24 hour race. The retirement came after an impressive set of comebacks after the #52 suffered both mechanical issues and repairs from contact during the race. The PR1/Mathiasen crew displayed impressive perseverance after several garage fixes.
In spite of the complicated circumstances, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports was still able to record the fastest lap of the 24-hour race in the LMP2 category, with a time of 1:36.910 by driver Nicolas Lapierre on lap 53 of the 24-hour race and the best time in the overall weekend with a time of 1:35.979 by driver Mikkel Jensen during Practice 2.
The next round of the IMSA Weathertech Championship will be another test of endurance at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance AutoSports, on March 20th.
“Obviously, this is not the race we wanted to have. We had the pace, the fastest lap of the race, the drivers, the team… Everything was perfect. Unfortunately, we had a few mechanical issues. But looking on the bright side, our team kept fighting and never gave up. Thanks to the fans for supporting us and watching the race! Thanks to Wynns and their support for this race and that beautiful car!”
“My first 24h Daytona, so I had a great time here with the team. Unfortunately, the race didn’t turn out as it should and we had a bunch of issues that we will have to investigate before going to Sebring in March. We had the best pace all weekend and we can be proud of that. Nonetheless we worked as a team and got the best out of the situation. Thanks to the team for never giving up!”
“Dissappointed with the result, but very proud of everyone on the team for never giving up! Onto the next one!”
“Disappointing outcome for this race, because the pace was really amazing. We had everything to win this race… but unfortunately, we had a few mechanical issues, that were not all of them on our end. All in all, it was a great experience for me. I wish good luck to the team for the rest of the season. I’m sure they going to rock it!”
“I am so sad we didn’t get what I feel the whole team deserves. Our pace and perseverance as a group was amazing, but this wasn’t ours to win. To have the best speed averages across the board with our drivers, is not only a testament to them, but the whole team with the best speeds of out of all the teams from around the world. I want to thank everyone at pr1/Mathiasen for all their hard work and devotion to a small, but mighty program.”
Source. PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports