Three Porsches In Top Ten In DP; Henzler Leads Six-Car Porsche Parade In GT At Three Hour Mark In Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- January 27, 2007 - David Donohue and Darren Law, the first two drivers in the #58 Red Bull Brumos Porsche Riley, have put the car in second position overall after three hours of racing in Saturday's 45th running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
Donohue, who started fourth on the grid, moved up to third before turning the car over to Darren Law, who passed Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya to gain the second position. 2004 Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice is currently in the car.
The #59 team car, the Brumos Porsche Riley started by Hurley Haywood and currently being driven by J.C. France, is in eight place overall, with the #39 Cheever Racing Crown Royal Porsche Crawford started by Christian Fittipaldi and currently being driven by Sascha Maassen is ninth.
Porsche Daytona Prototypes that have had problems include the Ruby Tuesday Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford entry, started by Patrick Long and now being driven by defending DP champion Jorg Bergmeister. The Alex Job car, which lead this race for more than 15 hours last year, has had electrical problems early in this event, leading to an alternator replacement and is currently running 29th. The No. 47 TruSpeed Motorsport Porsche Riley started by Timo Bernhard and currently being driven by Charles Morgan, had a transmission oil leak and fell back to 32nd place. The #00 Vision Racing Porsche Crawford, which was started by Tomas Scheckter and is now being driven by Ed Carpenter, also lost an alternator, and is running in 66th place.
In the Rolex GT class, Wolf Henzler took the lead on the first lap and maintained his advantage (except for pit stop position shuffles) in his #74 Tafel Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, ahead of five other Porsches in the top six positions. Second is the #85 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 Cup started by Dirk Werner and now being driven by 2005 GT winner Pierre Ehret, and third is #72 Tafel Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup started by Robin Liddell and currently being driven by IMSA GT3 Cup champion Nathan Swartzbaugh. A Pontiac GPX is running seventh - the first non-Porsche.
-credit: porsche motorsport