by Ryan Senneker
22 Nov 2021
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 1
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Daytona International Speedway
David Shutt with the PG13 Misfits Racing Team made a strong statement as he absolutely dominated the competition and took home the win for the LMP2 Prototype class tonight after controlling the field through the first round of the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge around the Daytona International Speedway ahead of Daniel Neice and Billy Smith II. Paul Gibson led the GT Pro class to the checkered flag and Ryan Robertson took the win in the GT AM class.
The first 30 minutes of the race were intense as the 58 car field took the green flag aggressively trying to gain any possible positions early on. After only 6 laps the LMP2 class drivers were dealing with traffic as they caught the rear of the GT drivers causing problems as misunderstood intentions ended the night early for a few unlucky drivers, including David Williams. The last hour around Daytona was much calmer as drivers found their comfortable grooves and were struggling with their own equipment rather than other drivers on track.
“Especially at the start, it was a chaotic first 45 minutes or so with just people spinning, taking each other out. It was just a race of survival at the end of the day.”, said Ryan Robertson, the GT AM winner. “My goal was just to stay in contact with the leader until it started getting a little crazier in the end”, explained Paul Gibson, winner in the GT Pro class, about getting the lead away from Jordan Lacey in the last few moments of the race. “We all just started dropping off with different interactions with traffic so it was just kind of down to me and [Jordan] Lacey there in the end.”