Team SAFEisFAST came away from the 2016 iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona with a runners-up podium in the Daytona Prototype (DP) Class, and with the GT3 team finishing a competitive 8th.
The team competes in the Endurance Championship in iRacing, an online motor racing simulator where users can take part in a range of different classes and competitions at various virtual real-world circuits.
It was a highly successful outing for the DP team, with driver Sergey Pupko qualifying the SAFEisFAST Corvette C7 in pole position, a lead that was kept by the driver for the first 45 laps, until braking problems occurred.
Despite a few technical issues, the team, made up of drivers Nick Cote, Dave Beland, Steve Bammer and Jeremy Robles did a fantastic job in keeping the car well placed in 2nd.
The GT3 team however, consisting of Ed Benson, Vitor Bras, Pablo Silveira, Jacob Schneider, Philip Goodwin, Christopher Miller and Steve Coe, had their work cut out before their race had even commenced.
Silveira was forced to jump into the car with a mere ten seconds left until grid time concluded, following an untimely technical internet problem for Bras.
Despite the early issues, the SAFEisFAST GT3 team pulled together and managed to fight their way up to 2nd position. Unfortunately a tire incident resulted in repairs and summoned the team back to 6th. With fatigue playing a part in the early morning, the team went on to finish a respectable 8th.
Dave Beland, Owner and Driver of Team SAFEisFAST, said: “Our week started off very well, with competitive practice times, testing setups, and working through strategy for qualifying for the best possible positions. Both cars sustained minor damage throughout the race which held us back. Both the DP team and the GT team will regroup now and get ready for the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.”