Porsche leads three classes as Rolex 24 completes three hours. Although it is early in the race, the two Brumos Daytona Prototypes have run away from the rest of the field overall; The Racer's Group ...
Porsche leads three classes as Rolex 24 completes three hours.
Although it is early in the race, the two Brumos Daytona Prototypes have run away from the rest of the field overall; The Racer's Group #66 leads GT with #83 Rennwerks second-
DAYTONA BEACH, FL. - February 1 - All the pre-race predictions of Daytona Prototype class trouble and a Porsche-Ferrari shootout in the GT class might still come true, it's been all Porsche power in the first four spots overall after three hours of the Ro lex 24 at Daytona.
Defending Rolex 24 GT champions Kevin Buckler/Timo Bernhard/Michael Schrom/Jorg Bergmeister, in the #66 The Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS, is running third overall and first in class as two of its main competitors have had flat tires resulting from spin s and set-up problems.
The #43 Orbit Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Leo Hindery/Peter Baron/Kyle Petty/Marc Lieb, the GT pole sitters, suffered two flat tires resulting from driver spins, and has fallen back to 15th place in class, while the #98 Schumacher/Champion Racing Porsche with Sa scha Maassen/Lucas Luhr/Martin Snow/Larry Schumacher sharing the driver chores has lost tires due to spins and some irregular tire wear.
Second in GT is the #83 Rennwerks Porsche 911 GT3 RS of David Murry/Johannes Van Overbeek/Richard Steranka/David Standridge, while the defending Grand-Am GT season champion, the Ferrari 360 GT of Cort Wagner/Brent Martini/Sylvain Tremblay/Selby Wellman, is third in class.
Overall, the two Brumos Racing Fabcars powered by Porsche are first and second, and the only two Daytona Prototypes on the same lap. David Donohue in the #58 Brumos entry took the lead away from the Multimatic Ford Prototype on lap #2, and then Hurley Hay wood pushed the #59 Brumos car past the Ford to take over second place. After three hours, the #59 Fabcar had the lead with Haywood, Scott Goodyear, Scott Sharp and J.C. France aboard, while the #58 car is second with Donohue, Randy Pobst, Mike Borkowski and Chris Bye. There are no other prototypes in the top ten.
In the GTS class, some early trouble with the favored Corvettes, Mustangs and Saleens has resulted in the lead for the #77 RWS Porsche 911 of Russian drivers Alexey Vasiliev/Nikolay Fomenko/Tetsuya Tanaka/Walter Lechner, Jr.
According to Brumos driver David Donohue, however, it is so early in the race that either success or problems don't mean much yet.
"The rear racing will start after sunrise tomorrow for those who are still running," he said.