Daytona 24: Porsche hour nine report

PORSCHE 911 GT3 CUP TEAM RECLAIM ROLEX 24 GT LEAD AT NINE HOURS; TWO PORSCHE-POWERED DAYTONA PROTOTYPES IN TOP TEN DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - January 28 - The ...

PORSCHE 911 GT3 CUP TEAM RECLAIM ROLEX 24 GT LEAD AT NINE HOURS; TWO PORSCHE-POWERED DAYTONA PROTOTYPES IN TOP TEN

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - January 28 - The #82 Farnbacher Loles Red Bull Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Dirk Werner, Philip Peter, Dieter Quester, and Luca Riccitelli has taken over the GT class lead after nine hours at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. They took over the lead in the ninth hour (lap #245) when the leading Pontiac had a rear end failure and crashed,

The other factory Pontiac is second in GT, followed by the #36 TPC Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car of Randy Pobst/Ian Baas/Michael Levitas/Spencer Pumpelly. The Mazda RX-8 is currently in fourth position in GT, followed by #74 Tafel Porsche Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Andrew Davis/Jim Tafel/Eric Lux/Charles Espenalub.

On the Daytona Prototype scene, three of the four Porsche-powered entries have led the race overall, but the rigors of the 24-hour event have started to take their toll. The #8 Synergy Racing Rx.com Porsche Doran, which lead the race in the early evening hours, was forced to retire due to overheating problems. The #58 Brumos Racing Red Bull Porsche Fabcar, which led briefly in the second hour, and then during the sixth and seventh hours, also suffered a coolant situation - this one caused a clamp cutting into a hose. The problem was diagnosed and fixed, but the car lost four laps to the leader, and is fifth after nine hours. The team #59 Porsche Fabcar is running well, and is back in 13th place, but lost 20 minutes to repair the shifter cable early in the event.

And the #23 Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford continues to gain on the rest of the field, recovering from a 18-minute stop to replace an axle to go from 27th place to seventh. The car was on the pole, and let the first 20 laps.

Note: We apologize to Synergy Racing for misspelling the name of their general manager in our six hour report. The correct spelling is Cole Scogham.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Randy Pobst , Luca Riccitelli , Spencer Pumpelly , Dieter Quester , Michael Levitas , Andrew Davis , Ian Baas , Jim Tafel , Eric Lux , Alex Job , Dirk Werner , Philip Peter
Teams Alex Job Racing