Formula 1 double world champion Fernando Alonso has finished his driving time in his first Rolex 24 at Daytona. Alonso’s United Autosports team had struggled with puncture and brake problems, the reliability issues wipe his contention for the victory.
But the Spaniard wanted the experience in a sports car endurance race and said his time at Daytona left him with “a positive outcome because I really did enjoy it a lot.”
A puncture sustained during team-mate Phil Hanson’s stint followed by Alonso suffering a brake problem combined to drop them 26 laps behind the leaders.
After the incident, Alonso explained on Instagram: “Unlucky situation with Phil; we had a puncture just before I jumped in the car.
“We lost four laps there with some damage on the car. But my stints were good. We had a little bit of pace at night, the car felt much better.
“Also we had the safety car and managed to recover two laps, so we were in contention for the top five probably. We were P6 already.
“And we had a brake issue and we had to put the car in the garage. Obviously the positions are compromised, we are losing a lot of laps, so that’s a shame.
“We will try our best until the last lap.”
The other United Autosports car, in the hands of ex-Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta, was up to sixth.