Five Hours into Race: No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP started the 39th Annual Rolex 24 at Daytona from the third position. Qualifying and starting driver, Ralf Kelleners, took the overall lead of the race on Lap 10. His first pit stop ...
Five Hours into Race:
No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP started the 39th Annual Rolex 24 at Daytona from the third position. Qualifying and starting driver, Ralf Kelleners, took the overall lead of the race on Lap 10. His first pit stop occurred on Lap 14 at 1:30 p.m.while leading the race, for fuel only. Kelleners turned over the wheel of the Prancing Horse to Allan McNish on Lap 38 at 2:15 p.m. from the second overall position. McNish took back over the lead, following a caution period, on Lap 48 under green course conditions. David Brabham got in the No. 12 Ferrari on Lap 81 in position one. He pitted on Lap 98 for rain tires and fuel (still in position one) at 4:20 p.m. Andy Wallace, in the No. 16 Dyson Ford, passed Brabham for the lead on Lap 103. The Risi Ferrari team had agreed to settled into a comfortable race pace at this early race stage. Brabham turned over the reigns to Ferrari pilot Eric van de Poele on Lap 134 at 5:31 p.m. under caution, in position two. Cautions and rain have kept the distance between the No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari and the No. 16 Dyson Ford to a minimum. Lap times have been very comparable throughout the first five hours of the race.
"It's always very dirty here (at Daytona circuit). It's extremely dirty this time. Through the chicane the GT3 cars are carrying everything onto the track. It's a big issue. You have to really slow down."
"The car is good. It's a different circuit driving at often times. It's been raining slightly. We're in pretty good shape. As with every year, traffic is awful. It's probably such a different standard of driving capabilities between some of us. Unfortunately for the others, they don't have a Ferrari."
"To begin with, there was terrible traffic. I was quite please. I'm still learning the car. I really wanted to not necessarily take it easy, but keep a good pace and contribute as much as I can and not use the car up. The conditions are difficult to try to learn anything. It's as slippery as can be. We're doing very well, very solid. I'm quite pleased."
Regarding the pass by Andy Wallace:
"He seemed to be a bit quicker than me. I was trying to keep him behind me as much as I could. It was a clean, close pass. I know Andy very well. He's a good competitor."