Daytona 24: Tafel Racing hour 18 notes

The third quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona threw all it had at the Tafel Racing team but that neither dented its spirit nor the determination of everyone involved in the team. The red flag period for repairs to the barriers on the inside of...

The third quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona threw all it had at the Tafel Racing team but that neither dented its spirit nor the determination of everyone involved in the team.

The red flag period for repairs to the barriers on the inside of Turn 1 lasted for 90 minutes, considerably longer than first anticipated, during which time no work could be carried out on cars either in the pits or in garages. This delayed the return of the #72 North South Tafel Racing entry until 3.28 am and the car was then piloted by first German Dirk Muller for a double stint and then Andrew Davis of Bogart, Georgia. They are currently holding 19th place in the GT class.

The weather played a major part in the story of the last six hours racing, with periods of heavy rain and numerous yellow flag periods. Dominik Farnbacher survived an exciting moment in the # 74 Rembrandt Charms car when wheel and tire problems occurred on the infamous Daytona banking. He did well to bring the car back to pit road with minimal damage. As Dominik felt the handling of the car was not all it should be after that incident, the car was brought behind the wall again for a check on the flat patch in the garage. Investigations showed that it was most likely the behaviour of the wet tires in the drying conditions which caused the feeling.

Eric Lux followed Farnbacher in the running order, before team Owner Jim Tafel was able to get his first taste of race running at 06.56am. The #74 car is 20th in class and Tafel has had to cope with challenging track conditions during his time behind the wheel.

Despite a few small issues during the night, such as the requirement for a new wiper blade and poor battery life, the #73 Red Bull/One and Only Resorts entry has made steady progress and is now holding 7th in class.

-credit: tafel

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andrew Davis , Eric Lux , Dominik Farnbacher