The Rolex 24h at Daytona held over the weekend represents the official kick-off of the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship season. Unfortunately, this year’s race also heralded a very early struggle for both factory Porsche RSRs competing in the GT Le Mans class.
The video below shows the No. 911 and No. 912 Porsche 911 RSRs sustaining a nasty collision toward the middle of the Rolex 24h at Daytona race, a collision which also involved the No. 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage (GTD class). As Fox Sports reports, the Aston and the No. 911 Porsche were the first to make contact.
“The 007 and the 911 came together over the curbs and I had nowhere to go and I moved onto the grass,” said Earl Bamber, driver of the No. 912 Porsche. “I hit the 911 unfortunately. It’s a big shame for the team but I think we can get it going again.” The No. 912 car limped back to the pits, but could not be repaired to finish the race, while her sister car, the No. 911, was repaired in time to finish fifth in-class.
The factory Porsche upset at the Rolex 24h at Daytona will most certainly prove to be an obstacle in the points-race as the season continues. It’s a pity, too, because both the No. 911 and the No. 912 cars were within the top four positions throughout much of the race before the accident.