In writing the preview to the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona for RaceDepartment this past Friday, I remarked that the GT Daytona class would feature the Rolex 24’s leading ladies. Second-generation endurance racer Christina Nielsen, American BMW protege Ashley Freiberg, and Top Gear star/”Queen of the ‘Ring” Sabine Schmitz all featured in competitive entries. In boasting that, I omitted, by an unforgivable case of “just forgetting she was even there because I’m a dumb idiot”, the only woman competing in the premier class of the field – Katherine Legge.
And I sincerely, and profusely, apologize for that. Because from what I saw on Saturday? Katherine Legge should have driven the DeltaWing to one of the all-time great Rolex 24 wins in history. Not just for the best three hour stint of the race by itself, but the best three hours worth of driving in her entire career.
This is to take nothing away from the accomplishments of Extreme Speed Motorsports, who rallied back from a pit lane penalty to take the overall victory thanks to driving from stars like 22-year-old Pipo Derani, who became a breakthrough star. This is to take nothing away from the Corvette Racing team’s sensational 1-2 finish in GTLM – how close was it? This. Freaking. Close. And there was the Magnus Racing team, who made a hilarious Lego Movie-inspired preview of their 2016 season – which even featured Katherine Legge – then showed they meant business by winning the aforementioned GT Daytona class. With Audi ace René Rast on board the winning entry, I’m pretty sure this means everyone in America just won a free copy of Project CARS!
Not like it’s selling very many copies right now anyway.
What they all did in victory was amazing and worthy of merit, but I’m sorry to say that they didn’t steal the show the way that Legge did Saturday afternoon. Continue reading “Long Live Queen Kat”