Second COTA Professional 24-Hour Race in the US
Until recently, the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona happened to be the only professional endurance-racing event that motorsports fans could enjoy. Creventic, a Dutch organization, recently held the second event, which was hosted by COTA, and their first in the U.S and saying it was a success would be an understatement.
The event was hosted by the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and took place from the 10th to the 12th of November. The 5.49Km circuit with over 20 turns and a counterclockwise direction offered a challenge to every driver at the event. Being the only purpose-built facility to host this and other events like Formula One, it was interesting to see how the drivers performed.
The race was divided into two parts to avoid breaking the noise restrictions in the Austin area. The first part ran for 14 hours and the second part ran for 10 hours on Sunday with any team that decided to work on their car during the break receiving the usual ten-lap penalty.
Herberth Motorsport, which would eventually win the event, took over the lead from Black Falcon early in the race and would continue the on-track onslaught against the No. 3 Mercedes of Ben Keating. Third-placed ROFGO Racing had problems with their gearbox prompting a change throwing the team ten laps behind the leaders.
At the 12-hour mark, teams were required to make a lengthy stop to change their brake pads, as is the norm. Around the same time, the safety team was busy with the No. 34 Audi that had caught fire. Luckily, this was the only code 60 Neutralization of the day that mainly worked to the benefit of Herberth Bridge as they widened their gap.
Herberth finished first followed by Black Falcon, and third overall was No.13 Manthey Racing in a Porsche. In the 991 category, PROsport Performance took the lead from the beginning to the end and finished 6th overall.
Seeing the success of the event at COTA, it is expected to go back to Dubai in January 2018 and could make a comeback to the U.S. later in the year.