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Max wins the GTD class in the virtual 24 Hours of Daytona with Team Redline

Published on 21 January 2024 by Misha van der Kroon

Together with Team Redline teammates Gianni Vecchio and Ole Steinbraten, Max Verstapen has won the virtual 24 Hours of Daytona. The trio competed in the GTD class of the 24-hour race, with the overall victory going to Williams Esports in the #6 Acura ARX-06 GTP car. 

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen is an avid sim racer and regularly participates in endurance races, often driving GT3 cars. This is also the case in this iRacing 24 Hours at the Daytona International Speedway, in which he competed with great success  with Team Redline #69 in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 car with number four.

The team qualified ninth in the GTD class. Vecchio and Steinbraten took the honors in the early stages of the race and closed the gap with the front of the field, partly due to good teamwork with the sister car Team Redline #70 (Gustavo Ariel, Alexey Nesov, Josh Thompson and Florian Lebigre). The two teams worked closely together by continuing to give each other slipstreams in order to save fuel and go around faster. A tactic that is certainly not easy to implement, but ultimately paid off in a nice victory.

Max took over the wheel on Saturday evening in the race, which had started on Saturday afternoon. The two Team Redline GT3 cars managed to work their way up to the first two positions during the night hours. With the race almost halfway over, a tricky moment happened when Thompson and Verstappen made contact. Max spinned and lost some time. 

Team Redline #69 took the lead later in the night and extended their lead over the second Team Redline GT3. Due to a game crash, Team Redline #70 dropped to third place one lap behind. The #199 Stormforce ART Mercedes (Luke McKeown, Alex Dunne, Maxence Godinho and Jimmy Antunes) finished second, also one lap the winners: Team Redline #69 with Verstappen, Vecchio and Steinbraten.

Results GTD class iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona 2024

     #     Team				Laps	Car
 1   4     Team Redline #69		819	Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
 2   199   Stormforce ART 		818	Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
 3   2     Team Redline #70		818	Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
 4   1     Williams Esports BenQ 	816	Ferrari 296 GT3
 5   14    Simufy Esports GTD 		814	Ferrari 296 GT3
 6   002 by GnG 	808	Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
 7   001   DeltaSimTech by GnG 		808	Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
 8   44    Falken Simracing Team 	798	Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
 9   198   Apex Racing Team 		792 	Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
10   189   BS+COMPETITION 		52	Ferrari 296 GT3
11   3     Williams Esports Chillblast 	87	Ferrari 296 GT3
12   77    Williams Esports Academy 	69	Ferrari 296 GT3