R&B Racing has won the 2024 12 Hours of Sepang after a consistent day with no major mistakes.

By Steven Walton

R&B Racing completed 322 laps on their way to first in the 2024 12 Hours of Sepang. They finished 46 seconds ahead of the second-placed #911 Absolute Racing Porsche. The #26 Absolute Racing Audi finished third, one minute and 20 seconds behind the leader. They completed a remarkable recovery from a spin on the opening lap.

While the #911 Absolute Racing Porsche was often in the lead in the final three hours, it had to make an extra pitstop with eight minutes to go to avoid breaching the mandated 65-minute stint length.

R&B Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 992) was driven by amateurs Yuan Bo and Lu Wei and silver-rated Leo Ye.

The R&B racing car was entered in the GT3 Am category, yet it finished ahead of all of the Pro-Am entries.

How the day unfolded

The R&B Racing car was in contention for the win all day. It started from the front row but by the end of the first hour, it was back in fourth.

The car recovered throughout the second hour and in the third, it moved into the lead for the first time.

From then on, R&B Racing were always in contention for the win and never made any major mistakes.

One of their closest competitors in the afternoon was the #4 Grove Racing Mercedes, but its day ended in the eighth hour when Brenton Grove crashed into two cars at turn one.

R&B Racing was leading at the time of the Grove crash, but they pitted under the safety car that was deployed for it. The #911 Absolute Racing Porsche stayed on track during the safety car, which allowed it to take the lead.

But as the strategy unravelled over the next four hours, R&B Racing’s decision to pit paid off. The #911 Absolute Racing had to stop with eight minutes left in the race to avoid breaching the maximum stint length.

R&B Racing’s win in the 12 Hours of Sepang comes after they won the Shanghai 8 Hours with the same three drivers in October.

Header image credit: 12 Hours of Sepang

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