Porsche Cayman outperforms 911 at Daytona 24

by on January 28, 2013

The hippy-painted Cayman of David Donohue and Napleton Porsche took GX class victory at Daytona yesterday. Driving with Nelson Canache, Shane Lewis and Jim Norman, David’s win was the 75th class win for Porsche at Daytona.

David Donohue Porsche Cayman 1

In a properly thrilling final half-hour, the remaining GT 911s lost out to Audis and Ferraris. Mighty Rene Rast came home second in his R8 while Albuquerque, Jarvis, Mortara and von Moltke topped the podium in their Alex Job Racing/Weather Tech Audi.

Highest placed Porsche was Magnus Racing’s 44 car of Lally, Lietz, Armindo and Potter. Andy tweeted how fuel shakedown after the 15th yellow flag of the event stole the team’s thunder following a long-time slot in the lead of GT.

David Donohue Daytona Watch

“As title defender we had anticipated a better result than fifth,” said Richard Lietz, who took the chequered flag in 44. “Right up until fifteen minutes before the end, everything was running to plan. Unfortunately our strategy didn’t work: we did everything we could but it wasn’t quite enough.”

“That was certainly one of the most exciting 24 hour races,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport. “Our customer teams were right up there in the fight for victory. Last year we came home with a triple victory, this time others climbed the podium.”

David Donohue Porsche Cayman 2

While the GT race didn’t quite go Porsche’s way, it was a thrilling finish. If the rest of 2013 runs at this level of competition, this could be the closest Grand-Am racing season to date.

Pic of David Donohue by Glenn Dunkerly and Jim Norman (Cayman, above).

Manny P January 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Not only did Porsche get their 75th thanks to the Cayman S from Napleton Racing, it was a sweep, Caymans placed 1,2,3 in their class, finished 26, 30 and 33, ahead of Corvette DP, Porsche GT3, Ferrari 458, BMW Riley, Ford Riley, Ford Dallara, Viper and Corvette.

What I don’t understand is Porsche’s attitude toward the Cayman teams, the Porsche Motorsport web page waxes on about the sacred GT3s, but nothing is mentioned of the sweep garnered in GX, in fact this is a direct quote:
““That was certainly one of the most exciting 24 hour races,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport. “Our customer teams were right up there in the fight for victory. Last year we came home with a triple victory, this time others climbed the podium.”

Really Mr. Kristen? The three podiums in GX don’t count ? Is that because they weren’t GT3s? Never mind, the sacred cow 911 couldn’t deliver, it’s ok your little “cheap” Porsche put you on top, while all the Gt3 teams could do was offer excuses. And your new playmate, Audi, proved that mid engines platform is superior in every way, If Rumbum racing hadn’t miscalculated their gas strategy Audi would have swept the GT class, but again it would have been ok, the little Cayman had its “big brothers” back, it brought home the trophy. Congratulations to Napleton Porsche Racing, BGB Racing and Bullet Racing, Porsche at least should have the grace to openly acknowledge and congratulate these professional teams, something that seems to be lacking from Stuttgart these days. By the way I’m a Porsche owner, it’s utterly embarrassing how Porsche has behaved toward the teams and drivers in the GX class.

John January 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

Bit strong maybe Manny, the 911 held on well for much of the race and GT is what 99% of people want to know about. But I would liked to have seen more of David, Eversley et al on the Porsche site.

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