The iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona is going well so far for Team Redline, at least in the GTD class. Max Verstappen leads with team-mates Gianni Vecchio and Ole Steinbraten. The trio, racing in a Mercedes AMG, started ninth yesterday, but managed to use the first stint to connect with the podium places.
Early in the evening, Verstappen took the wheel for the first time before darkness set in. During the night at Daytona, they picked up the lead.
The sister car in the GTD class is running in third place at the time of writing, while Team Redline in the GTP class with the BMW Hypercar is having a bit of a tough time and is not on a podium course at the moment.
For that matter, things could have turned out differently for Verstappen and the sister car if the scary moment below had turned out just a little differently.
Verstappen allowed himself to be surprised by Josh Thompson, whose Team Redline sister car has a small moment of imbalance on the approach to the first corner, after which Verstappen hits Thompson.
Thompson was able to continue, but Verstappen spins, after which he is fortunately able to continue on his way.
View the footage below. The finish flag falls around 1:45 p.m.