Daytona 24: Johnny Mowlem race report

MOWLEM, DONCASTER TEAM FINISH EIGHTH IN GT CLASS DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2007) -- Johnny Mowlem and his Doncaster Racing teammates experienced both the highs and the lows that the Rolex 24 at Daytona classic endurance race...

MOWLEM, DONCASTER TEAM FINISH EIGHTH IN GT CLASS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2007) -- Johnny Mowlem and his Doncaster Racing teammates experienced both the highs and the lows that the Rolex 24 at Daytona classic endurance race has to offer on their way to finishing eighth in the GT class.

Mowlem and his four co-drivers had the class lead with six hours to go in the race, but a leaking water hose forced about 13 minutes of critical repair time and put the team and its Porsche GT3 Cup car in the chase mode over the final quarter of the race.

"The Doncaster team put together a fantastic car," said Mowlem. "Twice we worked our way right back to the front and had just taken the lead when we had a small problem with a large effect. Obviously, I'm very disappointed right now that we didn't win because we had the car to win, and when that happens you have to try and make sure you grab the opportunity, but I'm so very pleased for the team that we made it to the finish. The crew were exceptional."

A former winner of the racing classic, Mowlem was behind the wheel when the race was stopped for 40 minutes shortly before the halfway point so track crews could repair a damaged barrier. He had just passed the GT leader to get back onto the lead lap, and after a wave-by under yellows he had handed the car to Dave Lacey only 5 seconds off the lead. The Doncaster Racing #17 Porsche's speed was evident by Mowlem setting the 3rd fastest GT lap of the entire race early in his first stint, with all 4 other drivers also maintaining a very fast race pace.

Mowlem's next chance to win will come in March at the 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. He will co-drive a factory-backed Ferrari 430 GT Berlinetta prepared by the Risi Competizione team for competition in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series.

-credit: jm/le

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