The Risi Competizione Ferrari 333 SP posted a strong performance during the first six hours of the 24-hour Daytona race on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course. Eric van de Poele of Belgium started the No. 13 Ferrari sixth on...
The Risi Competizione Ferrari 333 SP posted a strong performance during the first six hours of the 24-hour Daytona race on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course. Eric van de Poele of Belgium started the No. 13 Ferrari sixth on the grid, moved to third at the start and raced in the top five through most of his 1h20 stint. David Brabham of Australia drove the second shift and took the lead at 1h50 before handing off to Stefan Johansson of Sweden at the three-hour mark. Johansson held the car in second place through his 90-minute stint.
"It was a little bit unexpected," Brabham said of the early lead. "I never really thought we would lead until later in the night. Our car's been running strongly, pit stops have been great, the guys have done a fantastic job. We've been dicing for the lead, but we're not really pushing. We just need to protect the car and make sure we get to the end, but we're running competitively, so that's good."
Eric van de Poele had just completed thirty minutes of his second stint when the gearbox failed at 5h20. The crew replaced it in 55 minutes and returned to the race.
"Everything was perfect until I got some vibration after the pitstop," van de Poele said while waiting in the garage. "I know this car quite well so I suspected it was the gearbox. We came back, we'll change the gearbox and we'll be ready in a few minutes!"
"Everything was going according to plan and we were trying to keep our pace," said Johansson. "I was surprised we were that far up already, but everybody else ran into problems early on. I was disappointed to hear we ran into problems because the car was really absolutely perfect the whole time."