Porsche DP and GT Teams Survive Soggy Start - Rolex 24 Two-Hour Report
Brumos Porsche Riley 11 Seconds Behind Race Leader in Tenth Place; #71 TRG Porsche Leads GT with #23 Alex Job Racing Porsche Second
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - January 30 - With 25 minutes run under yellow to disburse the water that had collected on the track from an early afternoon downpour, the 48th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona has finally settled down at the two hour mark.
The #59 Brumos Porsche Riley, started by Darren Law and now being driven by David Donohue, is tenth overall, 11 seconds behind the leading BMW Riley being driven by Scott Pruett. In the GT class, the TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup leads with Spencer Pumpelly driving a double stint, while Martin Ragginger has done the same in the #23 Foametix/Battery Tender Alex Job Porsche, currently running second.
The field took the green flag under yellow as many portions of the infield course were flood due to a steady rain which started about two hours before race time. The cars completed five laps under yellow, during which time the rain stopped completed and the puddles disappeared. Both the Porsche DP and GT teams were cautious at the start, falling into the lower part of the top ten during the early laps, but they have settled into a good pace throughout the second hour.
The #59 Brumos Porsche Riley has stayed with the lead pack since the start, with Darren Law at the controls, and has run as high as second when David Donohue took over the driving duties after 90 minutes.
The #67 TRG/Flying Lizard Porsche, started by Patrick Long, and now being driven by Joerg Bergmeister, is fourth in GT and closing in on the BMW Riley of Bill Auberlen.
There are scattered showers predicted for the next few hours, but the weather should clear by midnight (race hour nine), and the overnight and Sunday should be clear, but colder.
-source: porsche motorsport