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The first race of the FIA World Endurance Championship had plenty of excitement to offer, including chaotic weather, four race interruptions and ultimately a hard-fought podium for Project 1 and Inception Racing in LMGTE Am.

“It was an event with a few more lows than highs,” said Axel Funke, summing up his team’s week in Florida. “It’s fantastic that we were able to finish on the podium with our #56 car. The drivers thanked the crew for their hard work in the best way possible. We would have loved to have rounded out the weekend with a solid finish for the sister car, too.”

While Brendan Iribe, Ben Barnicoat and Ollie Millroy converted third position on the grid to third position in the race, the race finished in a disappointing fashion for their teammates in the #46 car. An off-track incident involving Niki Leutwiler shortly before the halfway point brought the 1,000-mile race to a premature end for the Swiss driver and his teammates Matteo Cairoli and Mikkel O. Pedersen. “Things like that happen, but it was a bitter pill to swallow. The guys were the fastest drivers in the field up until that point and were well on their way to securing a solid points haul.”

Third position and 23 championship points for the #56 Porsche 911 RSR were all the more satisfying for the team. “It was a really good start to the season, and we are very happy with the performance,” said Ollie Millroy. “We finished well considering it was our first race with the RSR and start of the partnership between Inception Racing and Project 1. It was a week of hard work, but now we are looking forward to Spa.”

The second round of the season in Belgium takes place on 7 May. The race in the Ardennes is considered to be a dress rehearsal for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is scheduled to be held in June.