Williams Esports Continue to Lead 4 Hours in @ the 2024 iRacing Daytona 24

January 20, 20247 min read

4 hours into the 2024 iRacing Daytona 24 Hour race, and things are slowly a-changing in each of the three classes. The biggest change has been in GTD where the #198 Apex Racing Team car is now out of contention because of an issue with its teammate bump drafting through the Le Mans Chicane, then involved in a further incident with a PGZ LMP2 car an hour later.

Attirition overall continues to be light with only one LMP2 car out of the race, and no GTP retirements since the first hour of the race. In fact, the #54 TC Corse E-Sports W has decided to rejoin the race, working back up to 34th place overall and 18th place in class. In GTD, the attrition was much higher for a point but again cars are heading back onto the track once repairs are complete.


Williams Esports Playseat maintain the overall lead by 12.5 seconds over DRAGO Racing GTP. Behind there is still a close battle for the final podium position between Williams Esports Fanatec and BMW M Team Redline. All the teams have made a number of driver changes, but there seems to be little variation in strategy. The key test will be in the next couple of hours as we enter ‘happy hour’ and the night time running of the event, to see if cars are better in the cooler conditions.

#NAMECARQual PositionH1 PositionH2 PositionH4 Position
Williams Esports Playseat  Acura ARX-062111
69 DRAGO RACING GTP  Acura ARX-067552
Williams Esports Fanatec  Acura ARX-061233
20 BMW M Team Redline  BMW M Hybrid V89664
92 VRS Coanda  Porsche 963 GTP4345
98 Apex Racing Team  Porsche 963 GTP3426
VRS Coanda  Porsche 963 GTP8877
21 Team Redline  BMW M Hybrid V8613128
89 BMW M Team BS+COMPETITION  BMW M Hybrid V81310109
15 Race Clutch Red  Acura ARX-0611121110
03 Mivano Corse GTP  Acura ARX-0610111311
99 Apex Racing Team  Porsche 963 GTP20141412
Altus Esports  BMW M Hybrid V8129913
81 VRS Coanda  Porsche 963 GTP57814
10 MAHLE RACING TEAM  BMW M Hybrid V816161615
13 ATRS eSports  Cadillac V-Series.R0151516
97 Apex Racing Team  Acura ARX-0617171717
54 TC CORSE E-SPORTS W  Acura ARX-0618181818
22 Apex One  Cadillac V-Series.R19191919
11 FYRA SimSport  Porsche 963 GTP15202020
SCHERER eSPORT Blue  Porsche 963 GTP14212121


Perhaps the quietest class of the day so far is the LMP2 field. Here, the WSR Esports ButtKicker #23 has continued to lead, by 5.1 seconds over MAG Performance. There are battles remaining in the Top 5, especially between the #81 VRS Coanda Esports car and the #76 SimRC machine. This field normally would be spread out the most due to the fact that they have to navigate and be navigated around traffic, but this seems not to be the case so much. The key will continue to be how they cope when the track gets cooler, and how long the teams can make driver stints last.

#NAMECARQual PositionH1 PositionH2 PositionH4 Position
16 Race Clutch White  Dallara P217 LMP20911
24 Race Clutch Black  Dallara P217 LMP291732
23 WSR Esports ButtKicker  Dallara P217 LMP20143
120 MAG Performance LMP  Dallara P217 LMP22254
003 Grid-and-Go.com eSports  Dallara P217 LMP261325
18 Calce Team  Dallara P217 LMP278106
12 VRS Coanda  Dallara P217 LMP28367
76 SimRC  Dallara P217 LMP23688
299 Apex Racing Team  Dallara P217 LMP2010129
114 Team PGZ  Dallara P217 LMP2471110
123 WSR Esports ButtKicker  Dallara P217 LMP212111311
33 Simufy Esports LMP  Dallara P217 LMP215712
119 Team PGZ  Dallara P217 LMP25141413
17 JM Esports  Dallara P217 LMP211121514
201 Apex One  Dallara P217 LMP213151615
124 Team PGZ  Dallara P217 LMP210161716
19 INET Motorsport BLUE  Dallara P217 LMP204917


With a SOF of 9800, this is one of the most stacked fields in the history of iRacing. For a long time it was a two horse race with Apex Racing Team leading the way on their alternate strategy, but this changed with the incident between the Stormforce ART #199 and Apex Racing Team #198 down at the Le Mans Chicane. The #199 still has an 11.2 second advantage over the Team Redline #70 car, but this hasn’t grown since the two Apex car incident. Max Verstappen has gotten behind the wheel of the #69 Team Redline Car, and is now charging behind his team mate and offering bump drafting support of his own.

#NAMECARQual PositionH1 PositionH2 PositionH4 Position
199 Stormforce ART  Mercedes-AMG GT3 20203211
Team Redline  Mercedes-AMG GT3 20205462
Team Redline  Mercedes-AMG GT3 20209653
Williams Esports BenQ  Ferrari 296 GT32344
001 DeltaSimTech by GnG  Mercedes-AMG GT3 202010535
44 Falken Simracing Team  Mercedes-AMG GT3 202011876
14 Simufy Esports GTD  Ferrari 296 GT36987
002 Virtualcoach.gg by GnG  Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020121098
198 Apex Racing Team  Mercedes-AMG GT3 20204129
Williams Esports Chillblast  Ferrari 296 GT31111110
77 Williams Esports Academy  Ferrari 296 GT3771011
189 BS+COMPETITION  Ferrari 296 GT38121212

Coverage continues all race long on RaceSpot TV and RaceSpot News, with full text updates here, and coverage on RaceSpot TV and iRacing’s YouTube channels. 

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Wil Vincent

I am the Editor in Chief of RaceSpot News, and one of the Co-Founders of RaceSpot TV & RaceSpot Live Events. I have been involved in Sim Racing Esports broadcasting since 2011 as a commentator, producer, project manager and journalist, covering some of the largest Sim Racing Esports events in the world.


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