BMW Team RLL driver Bruno Spengler argued that he was responsible for the strange 2021 Daytona 24-hour startline crash punished by Steward.
2012 DTM champion # 25 BMW M8 GTE crashed behind the Porsche 911 RSR-19 run by Kevin Estre’s Weathertech Racing Proton Competition as the field approached the start stand and won the green flag.
Estre was flicked into a spin and tagged Alessandropia Gidi’s Rishi Competizione Ferrari. GTD cars were scattered around to avoid the spinning Porsche, causing confusion behind them.
Estre continued to track the rear bodywork and required the first attention period of the race to remove the debris until he finally dropped out on Turn 6. The car then made a long stretch in the pits, repairing the front and rear, but the Spengler was penalized with a drive-through.
Spengler spoke with NBCSN and said there was nothing he could do to avoid a collision.
“It was very difficult to understand what happened because on the green, everyone had the throttle fully open and the car in front of us didn’t move much,” he said.
“I don’t know if he has a problem. I tried to avoid him, but when I tried it was enough to clip the back of his car a bit and spin him.
“Whether he had a problem, why his car didn’t go to the green, he only tapped the brake lights a little, so he was out of order because someone else was going. I hit him.
“I wasn’t sure why he was braking when the green came.
“I tried to avoid it, but it wasn’t possible. There was nothing I could do to avoid a collision when all the other cars were running.
“It was a strange incident. I think the penalty was very severe, because there was nothing I could do to avoid it, but it could have been worse since I returned to the lead lap. “
Estre held another version of the event, challenging the events of the Spengler version.
He tweeted. “I can’t believe it! I lost before the race started … I was waiting for the pole sitter to power up, but BMW went full throttle without looking ahead! I can’t believe it.”
The remaining five GTLM cars are all on lead lap with 21 hours remaining, with Corvette Racing pair Nick Tandy and Jordan Taylor as Jesse spins Cameron’s Performance Motorsport LMP3 Rigier by Risi’s James Calado. Leading the clone # 24 BMW. Kassel at the bus stop.
The race is currently led by Tristan Votier’s JDC Mirror Motorsport Cadillac, with Ricky Taylor second in Wayne Taylor Motorsport Accura and Kevin Magnussen third in Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac.
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