#66 Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS continues to lead the Rolex 24 by half a lap over Ford Prototype.
-The #66 The Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS loses ground on yellow flags, but gains on pit stops, fast laps, and Ford mistakes have kept the defending GT champs in front-
DAYTONA BEACH, FL. -- February 2 -- It finally looked like the more powerful Mulitmatic Ford Prototype would finally get by The Racer's Group Porsche after chasing the Kevin Buckler/Timo Bernhard/Michael Schrom/Jorg Bergmeister entry for 12 hours, but Buck ler's team is holding on with a 30-second lead.
The most recent frustration for the Ford was, after getting back on the lead lap under yellow, Ford driver David Empringham spun the car while trying to catch the Porsche and fell 30 seconds off the pace. The #83 Rennwerks Porsche 911 GT3 RS of David Murr y/Johannes Van Overbeek/Richard Steranka/David Standridge dropped several places to fourth in class as the result of a broken radiator, and the #20 and #35 Ferrari entries are second and third in the GT class. The #43 Orbit Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Leo Hinder y/Peter Baron/Kyle Petty/Marc Lieb, the GT pole sitters, moved up to seventh overall and fifth in class after repairing a broken throttle cable.
The other Orbit entry, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Manual Matos/Mike Fitzgerald/Joe Policastro/Jay Policastro, has added a broken water pump to its earlier transmission problems to put them back to ninth in class. The #59 Brumos Racing Fabcar Daytona Prototype powered by Porsche, which was either first or second early in the event, needed a battery replaced, broke a radiator, and had an oil leak to put it back in ninth place overall and second in the Prototype class . As they are running the whole Grand-Am season, the Hurley Haywood/J.C. France/Scott Sharp/Scott Goodyear car can use maximum finishing points in the DP class.
The other The Racer's Group Porsche, the #68 Michaelian/R.J. Valentine/Tom Hessert, Jr. and Tom Hessert III entry, has cracked the top ten overall, but because a DNF when Michaelian rolled the car after losing control in the infield. Grand American Rolex 24 At Daytona
20-Hour Standings (top 21)
Listings include starting position, (car number), drivers and hometowns, class, car and laps completed.