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Porsche factory cars collide during the night in Rolex 24

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Porsche factory cars collide during the night in Rolex 24
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Jan 25, 2015, 6:55 AM

Both cars have suffered some significant damage.

#911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: Nick Tandy, Marc Lieb, Patrick Pilet, Michael Christensen in trouble
#911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: Nick Tandy, Marc Lieb, Patrick Pilet
#911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: Nick Tandy, Marc Lieb, Patrick Pilet
#912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: Jörg Bergmeister, Earl Bamber, Frederic Makowiecki
#912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: Jörg Bergmeister, Earl Bamber, Frederic Makowiecki
#911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: Nick Tandy, Marc Lieb, Patrick Pilet, Michael Christensen in trouble

One lap, the No. 911 and No. 912 factory Porsches were running solidly inside the top five in GTLM. The next, one is sitting stationary in the grass and the other is having its right front ripped apart by a flat tire as it is limped back to the pits. That's how fast things change in the Rolex 24.

Marc Lieb and Earl Bamber were piloting the cars when the accident took place, but neither is to blame for it apparently. “The No. 007 (TRG-AMR) and the No. 911 came together over the kerbs and I had nowhere to go and I moved onto the grass,” Bamber explained to IMSA radio. “I hit the 911 unfortunately. It’s a big shame for the team but I think we can get it going again.”

Motorsport.com stood by as the two Porsche drivers briefly discussed the incident and there was no hard feelings towards the other, understanding it was one of those things that was out of their control.

Both cars are completely out of reach of the GTLM leaders now.

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Series IMSA
Event Daytona 24
Sub-event Sunday race
Location Daytona International Speedway
Drivers Marc Lieb , Earl Bamber
Author Nick DeGroot