Both Porsche 911 RSR cars took off into the Daytona 24-hour race without any problems: The 510 hp race cars from Weissach, which celebrated their race debut at the Daytona International Speedway a year ago, face strong opposition in the traditionally cutthroat GTLM class.
After the first hour of racing, the 911 RSR with the starting number 911, shared by Patrick Pilet (France), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) ranks fifth. The second 911 RSR (#912) fielded by the Porsche GT Team at the season-opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship and the North American Endurance Cup currently lies sixth. This car is driven by Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy).
A total of 50 vehicles started the 56th edition of the long distance classic in Florida at 14.40 hours. With 22 overall wins and 77 class victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the history of this race.
Outside the USA, the race can be watched live at http://www.imsa.com.