Rolex 24 16-Hour Report - Porsche Power Leads DP and GT ...
Rolex 24 16-Hour Report - Porsche Power Leads DP and GT
#71 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup has four lap lead in GT; #9 Action Express Porsche-powered Riley leads race overall
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - January 31 - With two-thirds of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the books, Porsche racing teams in both classes are positioned to contend for the DP and GT victories, while others have fallen out of the hunt with mechanical problems overnight.
The #71 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer of Spencer Pumpelly/Tim George, Jr./Bobby Labonte/Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas, who fought tooth and nail with the #57 Stevenson Camaro overnight, now finds itself with a three-lap lead in GT after the Camaro went to the garage with transmission issues. The team #67 TRG Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Seth Neiman/Johannes van Overbeek/Joerg Bergmeister/Patrick Long is second.
"Eight hours is a long way to go," said TRG team owner Kevin Buckler, whose Porsches finished one- two in GT last year, "but, we can slow the pace a couple of seconds a lap to make sure we preserve the equipment. On a recent pit stop, we had too many people over the wall, and received a time penalty - exactly the kind of mistake we can't afford. Everyone is tired, but it is my job to re-focus everyone and make sure the team can help take the drivers to victory lane."
Several Porsche GT contenders suffered mechanical issues overnight, including the #48 Miller Barrett Racing Porsche (changed a transmission), #23 Foametix/Battery Tender Porsche (changed a transmission), #22 Bullet Racing Porsche (changed a radiator), #64 JLowe Racing Porsche (out of the race - engine), and #88 Orbit Racing Porsche (out of the race - oil/engine fire).
The Action Express Porsche-powered Riley, with Mike Rockenfeller/Terry Brocheller/Joao Barbosa/Ryan Dalziel aboard, current lead the race overall by six seconds over the Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley.
The #59 Brumos Porsche Riley lost 15 laps replacing the rear end after a drive shaft broke, and is currently eighth place with David Donohue at the wheel.
-source: porsche motorsport