The 2021 IMSA Racing season got underway on 22nd January at the Daytona International Speedway, Florida, with the Roar before the 24. A fantastic turnout of ten Gibson powered LMP2 cars took part in the three days of testing prior to the 24 Hour Race the following week. Lap times for our LMP2s proved impressive, with the -30kW LMP2s right on the heels of the DPIs. The test sessions culminated in a race which decided the grid for the prestigious Rolex 24 hour race. Over the course of the Roar test the ten P2 cars used up a cumulative 69 engine hours and covered 10,947 kms.
Following the Roar, the teams began preparing their cars for the first race of the IMSA season. Gibson were busy arranging five scheduled engine changes. Six out of life engines were also collected by our courier and shipped back to Repton ready for rebuild.
After Thursday and Friday’s free practice sessions the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona started at 15:40 ET on Sat 30th January.
The Rolex 24 finished on Sunday afternoon with six LMP2s taking the chequered flag. ERA Motorsport took the LMP2 victory after 787 laps of the famous circuit.
Tower Motorsport were second, 19 seconds behind. DragonSpeed #82 took the final step on the podium. The ten cars used up a cumulative 210 engine hours and covered 38,229 kms over the race week.
Despite the four LMP2 retirements, it was a great race for Gibson. A real testament to the quality and endurance of our engines. So overall another great success for Gibson engines. Huge thanks to everyone involved!