Rolex 24 19-Hour Report - Mazda and Porsche Fight for GT ...
Rolex 24 19-Hour Report - Mazda and Porsche Fight for GT
#71 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ran out of fuel, and #67 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup broke a shock, so Mazda RX-8 now leads GT ; #9 Action Express Porsche-powered Riley loses DP lead to BMW Riley
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - January 31 - Four hours remain in the 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona, but it was in a span of only 30 seconds during the 19th hour that Porsche teams lost the lead in both classes.
The #71 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, with NASCAR star Bobby Labonte at the controls, ran out of fuel on the course and had to be towed into the infield, where the TRG crew met the car, gave it a dump-can of fuel, and got it back on the track. However, Labonte had to circle the track again, and then come in for a full fuel stop and driver change under green, and lost three-lap lead the team had built in the GT class. Romain Dumas is now in the car, and in second position.
Only seven minutes later, the now-leading #67 TRG Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Seth Neiman/Johannes van Overbeek/Joerg Bergmeister/Patrick Long came into the pits with a broken shock. The team replaced the shock, but it put them five laps back, and opened the door for the #70 Speedsource Mazda to take the lead by one lap over Dumas, with Patrick Long in the TRG Lizard Porsche in third.
The Action Express Porsche-powered Riley, with Mike Rockenfeller/Terry Brocheller/Joao Barbosa/Ryan Dalziel aboard, lost the lead in DP to the BMW Riley of Scott Pruett, but remains in the hunt in second place on the same lap as the leader.
The #59 Brumos Porsche Riley, although many laps down in eighth place, had an emotional moment at the end of the 19th hour as five-time Rolex 24 winner Hurley Haywood stepped out of the car for the last time as he had announced that he would retire after this race.
"I would have liked to finish this with a win, but we gave it a good effort, and I am proud of our entire Brumos team," said Haywood.
Unfortunately, only two laps later, with Raphael Matos behind the wheel, the engine of the #59 Brumos car had mechanical problems, and the team was forced to retire the car.
-source: porsche motorsport