Rolex 24 Hour 7: Close Battle For Overall Lead At Daytona
Montoya retakes the lead in the 01 Ganassi BMW
The seven-hour mark in the Rolex 24 at Daytona saw a fierce battle for the overall lead in the race’s 51st running. Juan Pablo Montoya regained the race lead in his No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley by getting around Starworks’ Ryan Dalziel in a run past the start-finish line with 17 hours left.
Dalziel in the No. 2 Ford/Riley had been holding off Montoya for a number of laps after the race’s third full-course caution. The duo led a group of seven Daytona Prototypes that were within 9.819 seconds. Max Angelelli ran third for Velocity Motorsports and the No. 10 Corvette DP.
The top nine GT cars were within 51 seconds after seven hours. Filipe Albuquerque led for Alex Job Racing in the No. 24 Audi R8 GRAND AM by 4.054 seconds over Rene Rast in the No. 52 APR Motorsport Audi. Andy Lally was third for Magnus Racing in the No. 44 Porsche GT.
Shane Lewis moved Napleton Racing’s No. 16 Porsche Cayman back to the front of the GX field. He was three laps ahead of John Tecce in BGB Motorsports’ No. 38 Porsche Cayman.
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