Matos Puts Brumos Porsche Riley into the Rolex 24 Overall Lead; Dumas, Lally, van Overbeek Give TRG Porsches 1-2-3 in GT - Rolex 24 Five-Hour Report Mistake-free run has been key for ...
Matos Puts Brumos Porsche Riley into the Rolex 24 Overall Lead; Dumas, Lally, van Overbeek Give TRG Porsches 1-2-3 in GT - Rolex 24 Five-Hour Report
Mistake-free run has been key for #59 Brumos Porsche Riley as defending champs take first race lead; TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars - all with factory drivers - in front in GT
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - January 30 - Raphael Matos has moved into first place overall at the Rolex 24 at Daytona after five hours with his #59 Brumos Porsche Riley. Matos, who has followed Darren Law, David Donohue, and Hurley Haywood in the driving order, took over the lead after a quick pit stop enabled him to beat the leaders out of pit lane.
And no one can get too excited because there is a long way to go, but TRG team manager Kevin Buckler couldn't be more pleased to see three of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers on top of the Rolex GT standings.
With Andy Lally currently at the helm, the #66 TRG Porsche, the car he shares with Ted Ballou, Wolf Henzler, Kelly Collins and Pat Flanagan has been in the top three all night and in the lead for 15 laps. Second is the #71 TRG Porsche of Timo Bernhard, Bobby Labonte, Tim George, Jr., Spencer Pumpelly, and the current driver Romain Dumas. Third is the TRG/Flying Lizard Porsche is third, with Seth Neiman, Patrick Long, Joerg Bergmeister and current driver Johannes van Overbeek. Two Camaros, two Mazdas and a BMW have the next spots in the GT class.
The Orbit Racing Porsche is eighth and the Miller Barrett racing Porsche tenth to round out the top ten in the GT class.
Right behind the Brumos Porsche Riley is last year's Rolex 24 final hour rival Juan Pablo Montoya in the Ganassi BMW Riley, only 1.5-seconds behind Matos.
-source: porsche motorsport