WTR got the jump on AXR in the pits in hour eight, with endurance sit-in Alex Lynn taking a splash of fuel instead of a full refill to take the lead for the restart. When the green came back out, AXR’s Filipe Albuquerque found his way past Lynn after a GT Daytona Audi R8 had gotten in his way and pulled out a small lead on the competing Cadillac.
The WTR entry found itself out front once again after Lynn pitted and Jordan Taylor took over driving duties. In a similar turn of events, Albuquerque got caught behind a GTD Mercedes AMG GT and dove down the inside of the No. 5 Cadillac to take the lead. Jordan’s brother Ricky then took over and, as expected, the always fast 27-year old commanded the front of the pack and held off a hard charging AXR car to take the win.
“I’m just so happy for them, for Alex to be able to come here and win his very first race in America, for our entire team that has worked so hard, as well as our partners Konica Minolta and Cadillac and GM who we’ve been with for so very long,” Wayne Taylor said post-race. “Without all of them, none of this would be possible. It took a while for it to sink in that we finally won the Daytona 24-hour. Now, I think it’s going to take a bit for it to sink in that we won Daytona and Sebring back-to-back – with our brand new Cadillac. It’s already been a season of memories that will last the rest of our lives.”
AXR’s No. 5 Cadillac finished second in class with the No. 31 AXR Cadillac third. The No. 31 car had been a contender for the win early on, however it’s chances were thwarted after Eric Curran rammed into the back of the Tequila-Patron ESM Nissan prototype on pit lane. Both ESM cars eventually retired from the race with mechanical problems.
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