The #76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley enjoyed a solid start to the Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Nic Jonsson, Ricardo Zonta and Darren Turner lying in a top three position as the race headed towards the six hour mark.

The trio went into the race weekend low on mileage after an accident for Zonta during the Daytona test days earlier in the month, but they soon started making progress from 15th on the grid when the race got underway.

Indeed, approaching quarter distance, the car had already held the lead of the race - one of 14 different leaders thus far - and Zonta said he was happy with how things had gone in the early stages.

"When you are at the top, it is nice," he said. "I think it is still a long race to go. Anything can happen. For our part of the team, we are very happy. No problems. The car was very good. The tires are working very well as well.

"I had a lot of fun. It's nice to drive here in Daytona. To say the truth, I learned the circuit really during the race because I did not have much time in the car. I crashed in practice so we lost a few days. The race was really nice. I'm enjoying it a lot. This is my first long endurance race. The other GT drivers were working very well and leaving good lines for me to go. There was no risk. The car is fantastic. It's really good to drive. I didn't push too hard. I was just safe and good."

The sister car of Tracy Krohn, Eric van de Poele and Oliver Gavin was also running strongly as quarter distance, having climbed into the ten.

"It was a lot of fun," Gavin said of his stint. "It was good racing against some good guys. I managed to catch a pack including Pat Long, Ricardo and Alex Gurney. We had a good dice for awhile, a good battle. It was quite evenly matched, I think, between all of us. Ricardo managed to get away a little bit towards the end there. It's great fun racing. It's going to be hard. It's going to be very tough. There's nothing easy about this race.

"It's a little frustrating sometimes trying to make way. You think, 'Oh, I've got quite a bit of a run here,' but then, all of a sudden, you stumble across a very slow Mazda or a very slow Porsche and you lose your momentum. That's endurance racing. That's how it goes."

 

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