GP2: Gelael joins Carlin for four of remaining five rounds

0 Comments

Sean Gelael will make his GP2 Series debut in Hungary next weekend with Carlin as part of a four-race deal to the end of the 2015 season.

Gelael, 18, currently races in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with the Carlin-backed Jagonya Ayam team, and will balance these commitments with GP2.

The Indonesia driver will miss the GP2 round at Monza in September due to a clash with the Formula Renault 3.5 race at Silverstone, but will race in Hungary, Belgium, Russia and Abu Dhabi.

“It’s a great championship that makes great drivers,” Gelael said of GP2. “The opportunity came up at Carlin and it was a good fit. I just want to try and learn as much as possible and it will be good to get experience of the Pirelli tires.

“I’m not quite sure what I’m doing yet next year so using this as a building year. To be able to do these GP2 races with Carlin who we have great chemistry with and a great history with makes sense.

“I’m just really happy to have the opportunity. I’ve done my seat fit and the car feels really comfortable; my feet don’t hit the chassis or anything so I’m just really excited about Budapest.”

“We’re delighted to have Sean in GP2 with us for four rounds this season,” team owner Trevor Carlin said. “He is still very young and is wisely learning as much as he can this season after stepping up from F3 [pictured] last year.

“Sean is always a joy to work with and we’ll be working with him very closely to help him get the most out of this experience as possible.”

Gelael will race alongside Julian Leal at Carlin, taking the seat vacated by Marco Sørensen earlier this year when he opted to focus on his endurance racing commitments with Aston Martin Racing.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

0 Comments

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.