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Enthusiasts: 24h Daytona 2022: Rain in both trainings, O'Ward brilliant

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Rain has crossed the first two free workouts at the 24 hours of Daytona 2022. Only a short dry phase at the beginning of the second free workout brought a few more meaningful times. The fastest vehicle in the two trainings was the Action Express Cadillac # 48 (Rockfeller / Kobayashi / Johnson / Lopez), but the story of the day was Patricio "Pato" O'Ward.

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The IndyCar Star let it fly properly in the first workout and put the best time - in an LMP2 Boliden! The class has not been on the performance level of the DPI category since 2019. But the wet track made the technical disadvantage nullified and Oward dropped in 1: 49,251 minutes the best time for the DragonSpeed-Oreca # 81 (Lux / Defrancesco / O'Ward / Herta).

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At the beginning of the second training it was then dry. But not all teams used these circumstances, so that the times apart far apart. Kamui Kobayashi drove in 1: 35.470 minutes the fastest time of the first two trainings. For comparison: In the pre-test, the best times in the DPI class were even after qualifying in the 1: 34 area.

The route had not yet built Grip again, as it began to rain again. TRENTON ESTEP in Forty7-Duqueine # 7 (KVAME / MCCUSKER / ESTEP / DOQUIN) had an accident on a slightly damp route (to wet for slicks, too dry for slicks) and thus made an accident for an interruption. When it started again, the route was completely wet until the end.

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Patricio O'Ward, ließ es im ersten Training richtig krachen © Provided by Patricio O'Ward, made it properly crash

Patricio O'Ward in the first training, let it fly in the first training

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The conditions also caused 13 GTD Vehicles landed before the fastest of the GTD Pro. The GT3 best time marked Mikael Grenier in Winward-Mercedes # 57 (Ward / Ellis / Grenier / Auer) in 1: 46.577 minutes.

Due to the weather, there was little driving activity: In the first training, 47 went to a fast round in the second 51 of the 61 vehicles. Several vehicles remained without time in both trainings. The race is dry, but cold - the exact opposite of the moist residues on Thursday.

There is still a night training from 11:15 to 3:00 on the program before there is another workout on Friday. The weather forecast predicts improvement. The startup for the race has already been extended to qualifying race.

with image material from Motorsport Images .

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