The Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of the most grueling endurance races in the world of sports car and prototype racing. In the realm of long driver stints, sleep deprivation and battling in the dark Porsche is the winningest factory flag to be raised above the world circuits but the new chassis of the RSR left a little bit of uncertainty as to how things would go over the course of 24 hours.
Qualifying for the main event showed a lot of promise as the two factory cars pulled into the pits with the top two spots on the grid locked in. During the 15 minute round Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor weren't battling the other teams but more battling each other for the fastest lap.
The green flag dropped and the Porsche's stayed out front in a beautiful spectacle running around the field within seconds of one another, sometimes bumper to bumper passing the GTD class traffic. Heading late into the night, solid pit stops and changes with perfect tire selection helped the drivers maintain there spots at the top. Unfortunately heading into the early hours BMW took the lead position with a great change over in the pits and a hard with the 911's. As the sun made its' way over the earths eastern curvature the battle was heating up with the 912 RSR being pushed hard to best the BMW.
The morning light was getting brighter and the Rolex clock was showing single digit hours left in the race. With some intense battles and close calls the 911's where still in contention to take over the top spot again with the final time difference coming down to only 14 seconds.