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Grasser: Back-to-Back Rolex 24 Wins its “Biggest Achievement”

Gottfried Grasser says he’s in heaven after consecutive Rolex 24 class wins…

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Grasser Racing Team team principal Gottfried Grasser says notching back-to-back Rolex 24 at Daytona class victories is the single-greatest achievement in his team’s history.

The Austrian squad, a stalwart of international GT racing, claimed top GT Daytona class honors with its Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo driven by Mirko Bortolotti. Christian Engelhart, Rolf Ineichen and Rik Breukers in the rain-shortened race.

It comes just 12 months after giving Lamborghini its first-ever 24-hour win.

“It’s absolutely the biggest achievement,” Grasser told Sportscar365. “There’s nothing coming close to Daytona back-to-back.

“Honestly, it was one of the biggest roller coasters I have ever seen in a 24-hour race. I think we were in the top-three seven times, and we were three times a lap down.

“We really always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong moment for sure, but somehow it went really well at the end.

“I must say a big, big thank you to the drivers for keeping the car on the track in these difficult conditions. It was amazing.

“I’m so proud of my crew because we’re living the dream. Last year we achieved the dream, this year we’re in heaven. Incredible. I have no words at the moment.”

The victory was the first for the new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, the updated version of the GTD championship-winning platform that debuted in 2015.

“I’m really proud because we won the first race with the Huracan at Monza in 2015 and now we won the first race for the Evo in 2019,” he said.

“I need to say thanks a lot to all of the Lamborghini family. Without their support, we would be nothing today.

“The Squadra Corse guys did a great development of the car. They did a huge amount of testing including some 24 hour testing.

“Honestly, since we first worked with this car at a test on the 25th of December, it’s incredible. We never had a problem. The car is easy to understand and easy to learn. It’s amazing.”

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is the lead announcer for SRO America's TV coverage as well as a pit reporter for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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