Daytona 24: Farnbacher Loles Racing hour 18 report

Farnbacher Loles Racing had six of its seven Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars still in the field after 18 hours of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Five were on track, one in the garage for repairs. Of the team cars, the No. 88 (Doncaster Racing) Porsche of...

Farnbacher Loles Racing had six of its seven Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars still in the field after 18 hours of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Five were on track, one in the garage for repairs.

Of the team cars, the No. 88 (Doncaster Racing) Porsche of Eric Curran, Pierre Kaffer, Dave Lacey, Frank Stippler and Greg Wilkins had the only problem-free third quarter. At the 18-hour mark, the car was 14th.

At about 16 hours, the No. 87 (GT Champion) Porsche stopped for left-front suspension work. The car was 10th two hours later, circulating with Timo Bernhard, Pierre Ehret, Dominik Farnbacher and Dirk Werner.

The No. 84 (Team Seattle) Porsche of Chris Bingham, Bill Cotter, Chris Pennington and Don Pickering had a rear suspension failure after 17 hours, requiring a long pitstop for repairs. The other Team Seattle car of Ross Bentley, Don Kitch Jr., Steve Miller and Chris Pallis had problems early in the quarter when a tire went down, causing radiator damage. At 18 hours, the cars were 15th (84) and 29th (85).

"It feels like about 118 hours right now," Team Seattle founder/driver Don Kitch Jr. said. "But there's more good news than bad news here. All indications are we're going to leave here with somewhere between $450,000 and $500,000 for the care of the kids. For Team Seattle, that's a win for both cars. We couldn't have done it without Farnbacher Loles."

The No. 86 (Power) car had a double hit, with a rear suspension failure and, later, a problem with the clutch hydraulic system. At 18 hours, Jorg Bergmeister, Wolf Henzler, Leh Keen, Eric Lux and Sascha Maassen were 18th.

"I had a problem with the clutch for several laps and Eric had the same problem before me," Maassen said. "When I came to the pits, we were stuck in gear and there was no clutch at all any more, so we decided to repair it because we didn't expect it to last too long."

The No. 83 (Fitness) Porsche was in the garage at 18 hours for front bodywork repairs.

-credit: flr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Sascha Maassen , Timo Bernhard , Pierre Ehret , Eric Curran , Ross Bentley , Dave Lacey , Don Kitch Jr. , Greg Wilkins , Pierre Kaffer , Wolf Henzler , Lehman Keen , Chris Pallis , Eric Lux , Dominik Farnbacher , Frank Stippler , Dirk Werner , Steve Miller