An odd Rolex 24 hours it was, with the race undergoing multiple red flags because of the heavy rain which was set the tone for the rest of the race. Conditions were so threatening that it was a question of survival and getting out of the race accident free.
The Daytona 24 hours was the first race under the new regulations dividing both Dpi and LMP2 cars into two different categories. An opportunity welcomed by Oreca and the Dragonspeed team who fielded two LMP’s to compete in the first iconic race of 2019. The first entry was for the Nicolas Lapierre, Hendrik Hedman and Ben Hanley, and a second entry was reserved for Roberto Gonzales, Pastor Maldonado, Ryan Cullen and Sebastian Saavedra.
It was the latter who would end on top during the ‘survival’ race. The Dragonspeed team seemed to head for a 1-2 finish but after the #81 sister car of Hendrik Hedman and co, who had been leading most of the race, stopped on track after losing a wheel.