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.
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.
“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.”
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).