GTD teams counting the cost after Rolex restart

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GTD teams counting the cost after Rolex restart


GTD teams counting the cost after Rolex restart


IMSA’s decision to restart the Rolex 24 At Daytona Sunday morning in the driving rain has proven to be costly for three teams in the GT Daytona class.

After further investigations, the crash on the front straight involving the No. 46 EBIMOTORS Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R as the green flag waved at 9:07 a.m. has destroyed both vehicles.

In order to compete at future rounds, the Italian EBIMOTORS team will need to replace its Lamborghini chassis and a significant number of components broken at the back of the car when its driver Taylor Proto was struck from behind by Zacharie Robichon in the Pfaff Porsche.

Pfaff has already ordered a replacement chassis for its flannel-liveried Porsche to make the next WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Sebring. The repairs for the Canadian squad, including the new $65,000 911 GT3 R shell, are expected to run between $150,000 to $200,000. With a new Huracan GT3 shell falling somewhere in the $100,000 range, the cost of EBIMOTORS’ repairs could easily climb beyond $200,000.

Adding to the tally, Paul Miller Racing, the defending GTD class champions, were collateral damage in the incident, which led to the side of its No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan being hit and emptying its damaged radiator onto the circuit. Having blown the Huracan’s V10 engine and ruined its ancillary components as a result of the restart melee, the $80,000 replacement motor and its related pieces will push its tab over the $100,000 mark.

Altogether, the combined losses for the Nos. 9, 46, and 48 should exceed the half-million-dollar mark after all of the invoices are paid.

“Selfishly, we really wanted to get to the end of our first 24-hour race, and I’m a racing fan so I wanted to get back to racing, but once we got the call to go green, it seemed like the rain picked up again, so maybe it should have been aborted,” said Pfaff team manager Steve Bortolotti.

“We were caught out in the crash, and we don’t know why the Lamborghini was so slow, and it wasn’t Zach’s fault. We dodged this chassis bullet for six or seven years in all the series we’ve raced, so this is our first destroyed tub.”