Daytona 24: Orbit Racing hour 18 notes

six to go ... Orbit Racing continued to perform at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, topping the GT class for the 17th consecutive hour. But the pace slowed considerably during the third quarter due to heavy rain that prompted a three-hour ...

six to go ...

Orbit Racing continued to perform at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, topping the GT class for the 17th consecutive hour. But the pace slowed considerably during the third quarter due to heavy rain that prompted a three-hour 21-minute caution period.

Robin Liddell continued his mid-race stint until 14h15, when Johnny Mowlem returned to the driver's seat. Mowlem held a one-lap GT class lead and fifth overall through the long caution and one hour of green-flag racing. Mike Fitzgerald was prepared to take over just past the 18-hour mark.

Mike Fitzgerald

"It's good we got the long caution over and we can get back to it. We have a one-lap lead right now over the Flying Lizard guys. They've been kind of hard to shake and hopefully we can do that coming up. Johnny's in the car and he's doing a great job. I'm getting in next, so we'll just keep pushing and see what happens."

Uwe Brettel, president, Porsche Motorsport North America

"This race has been incredibly challenging and a big fight. We are excited about how our teams fought to stay at the top during the night - Orbit, The Racer's Group and Flying Lizard in the GT class and Doncaster Racing in SGS. In the next six hours, we hope to win the GT category 1-2-3 and win the SGS class."

note: the race was red-flagged at 18h27 because of the inclement conditions

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Robin Liddell , Johnny Mowlem