Daytona 24: Tomas Enge race report

Engine ended Enge's crew hopes at Daytona Technical problems with engine dashed efforts of Tomas Enge and his team-mates in the famous Daytona 24 hours. Best Czech circuit driver shared the wheel with Briton Ryan Dalziel, Swiss Harold Primat...

Engine ended Enge's crew hopes at Daytona

Technical problems with engine dashed efforts of Tomas Enge and his team-mates in the famous Daytona 24 hours. Best Czech circuit driver shared the wheel with Briton Ryan Dalziel, Swiss Harold Primat and Venezuelan Milka Duno. They had to retire after three and half hours and 97 laps. The quartet qualified to the fourth row and was considered as one of the frontrunners in the premium Daytona Prototype class of the opening Grand.Am race of the season.

Dalziel was the first one behind the wheel of a Pontiac Riley of the Samax Motorsport team, Primat took over afterwards. Enge was the third one and unfortunately also the last one. Engine that had caused troubles before and lost power definitely gave up. Engine failure ended also efforts of the second Samax car that was driven by Audi Sport trio Allan McNish, Lucas Luhr a Mike Rockenfeller who were joined by a home driver Henri Zogaib.

Tomasš Enge: "Unfortunately it was not our day and it is pity that it happened in such a great race like Daytona 24 hours. We suffered all, our crew and team-mates, the whole Samax Motorsport. Both Pontiac Riley prototypes had an engine failure. Our car was first to retire and the second car had similar problem later. It is really pity because otherwise our car was very well prepared and I felt that we could have fight at the front. When engine started to fire only on seven from eight cylinders we tried everything to repair it. We changed wiring, spark plugs, coil... nothing helped and approximately after three and half hours engine stopped definitely. The same happened to our second car and by the way the same problem occurred also on both cars of Eddie Cheever's team. By coincidence, all engines were prepared by the same tuner, so both team bosses are looking for a new supplier."

-credit: te

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Tomas Enge , Allan McNish , Eddie Cheever , Lucas Luhr , Harold Primat , Mike Rockenfeller , Henri Zogaib