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Preview: From the ROAR to the 24

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Daytona International Speedway never fails to disappoint, and this weekend will build on the recent iRacing Roar success, as the iRacing Daytona 24 powered by VCO not only is a big event that everyone wants to win, but it also starts the first chapter in the VCO Grand Slam.

It also sees three classes in action this time for the seventh running of the event, as the BMW M Hybrid V8 will make its full 24-hour endurance racing début in the GTP class in the virtual world, just one week before the real-life counterpart will compete the Rolex 24 at Daytona in real-life.

LMP2 and GT3 (IMSA) classes will also take to the circuit, which will see fast and frantic action through day and night, along with the spectacle of multi-class racing. This also means that the challenge for everyone will be even more intense than ever before, which will see hundred of teams and thousands of drivers, engineers and spotters pushing the limit twice around the clock.

Last year, it was Apex Racing Team that would be the eventual overall winners after 904 laps, with the four-driver crew of Peter Berryman, Yohann Harth, Michele Constantini and Maxime Brient finish just under 11 seconds ahead of the #8 of VRS Coanda Simsport‘s Josh Rodgers, Mitchell deJong and Tommy Østgaard.

It also saw Coanda take the final step of the rostrum, with the #18 crew of Laurin Heinrich, Ayhancan Güven, Martin Krönke and Dayne Warren ending up a lap down.

In the GT3 class last year, it saw three different manufacturers represented, as Porsche would emerge triupmhant in the hands of the #9 FYRA Simsport Green entry, with the all-Danish crew of Lasse Bak, Mikkel Gade and Lasse Sorensen winning by a lap.

BMW Team BS+ Competition would bring the #89 M4 GT3 second across the line, thanks to the efforts of Rainer Talvar, Ryan Barneveld and Phillippe Denes, with the #88 R8G Esports Lamborghini Huracán of Valentin Mandernach, Julien Soenen and Florian Lebigre rounding out the top three.

But how will this race unfold and crown our first winner in the 2023 VCO Grand Slam?

There will also be two separate broadcasts, with the top split being broadcasted by RACESPOT in full, whilst Split 2 will have the first and last six hours being showcased – thereby giving you more iRacing action for your buck!