Daytona 24: AIM/Doncaster hour 18 notes

Doncaster Racing led the GT class during the third quarter of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, but the team's No. 17 MineStar Tim Hortons Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car was then slowed by a water hose leak, forcing a 13-minute garage stop that dropped the team...

Doncaster Racing led the GT class during the third quarter of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, but the team's No. 17 MineStar Tim Hortons Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car was then slowed by a water hose leak, forcing a 13-minute garage stop that dropped the team back 10 laps. At the 18-hour mark, the team was ninth in class as Dave Lacey, Greg Wilkins, Lance David Arnold, Tom Papadopoulos and Johnny Mowlem worked to regain lost track position.

AIM Autosport maintained a steady pace to hold seventh place overall for the No. 61 Lexus-powered Riley Mk XI sponsored by Exchange Traded Gold in partnership with Barrick Gold Corporation. Mark Wilkins, Burt Frisselle, Brian Frisselle and David Empringham combined with the crew for faultless pit stops.

Dave Lacey: "The car was handling so well in the wet, but we always had an issue. The first issue we had was we had no windshield wipers; the windshield wiper had snagged on the tear-away. It was very difficult to see -- I missed the turn-in a couple of times and I spun once. But the car was just really, really hooked up, I felt very confident in the wet. But it started to dry out and we were rolling in drier weather than I anticipated. The car was a real handful. It was fun, but it wasn't very fast."

Greg Wilkins: "The race for the GT car had gone remarkably well. It was really our best effort at competing for a win. Even though we've been on the podium a couple of times before, this race we were on the pace and we were running and able to stay in the lead. So it was really disappointing to have a small, little mechanical problem put us behind the wall. The record books won't look that impressive, but for awhile the run looked really strong."

Brian Frisselle: "It's been prettty positive for the whole AIM Autosport crew. The team is just amazing -- they're new to the series, yet they prepared such a good race car, that's really why we're up front right now. We've spent no time in the garage and only a little time in the pits with some small problems. I thank Lexus for building a reliable motor. it's been a lot of fun, but it's also been a lot of hard work with the weather. There have been some tough stints, but hopefully we'll finish well."

-credit: aim/dr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Empringham , Burt Frisselle , Johnny Mowlem , Dave Lacey , Greg Wilkins , Mark Wilkins , Brian Frisselle , Lance David Arnold