Lamborghini kicked off its 2020 racing season by making yet more history at the traditional curtain raising 24 Hours of Daytona. Winning the GTD class with the #48 Paul Miller Racing partnership of Andrea Caldarelli, Corey Lewis, Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow, this is the third consecutive year Lamborghini has taken victory at Daytona.
The quartet in the #48 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo kept their noses clean throughout the epic endurance race to finish 21.908 seconds ahead of another Lamborghini, the Magnus Racing by GRT’s Marco Mapelli, John Potter, Spencer Pumpelly and Andy Lally to secure an historic one-two.
Stefano Domenicali, CEO and Chairman of Automobili Lamborghini stated: “In 2019 we wrote an important page of motorsport history, winning a legendary race for the second time, fighting with the most prestigious car makers. This triumph in 2020 demonstrates how Lamborghini is always looking ahead and constantly working to always achieve higher and more important targets. My congratulations to both teams and all the drivers, they have done an amazing job”
Strategy played a key role in determining the outcome of the race, with the #88 Audi R8 providing a stern test in the closing hours of the classic enduro. But both the #48 and #44 held their nerves to lock out the top two positions. Second for the #44 was a remarkable turn in fortunes, after mechanical issues prevented the Magnus Racing team to set a time in Thursday’s qualifying, leaving them 17th and last on the grid for the race.
It was in stark contrast to the two-time defending champions Grasser; the #11 was the quickest of the five Huracáns with fifth on the grid in the hands of Steijn Schothorst, Richard Heistand and Factory Lamborghini drivers Franck Perera and Albert Costa. As the race got underway at 13:30 ET on Saturday however, the #11 dropped five places to 10th on the opening lap, while the #44 (with Pumpelly at the wheel) made a superb start to leap six spots to run just behind Schothorst.
Snow started the #48 and moved up one position to run seventh in the opening stint, as the field settled into a rhythm early on. Behind, Brandon Gdovic (#47 Precision Performance Motorsport) also made progress from his 11th place on the grid, moving up to ninth, while Christina Nielsen gained one place from her 14th place in the #19 GEAR Racing by GRT Huracán.