Daytona 24 Hours: fifth position for best placed Porsche

The 51st Daytona 24-hour race made for a compelling watch as Magnus Racing eventually ensured Porsche representation in the top five of the hotly-contested GT Class.

The Magnus Racing team, including works driver Richard Lietz, Nicolas Armindo, Andy Lally and John Potter, even looked likely to snatch a podium finish until the closing laps, when a need to conserve enough fuel took precedence over a final push at the prestigious event.

Magnus Racing were the highest placed porsche team at this year's event, finishing ahead of the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Last year’s event winner Lietz even led the field for a total of 43 laps – more than any of his opponents – but the race plan ultimately cost the team in the closing stages. After the race, Lietz said: “Right up until fifteen minutes before the flag everything was running to plan, but unfortunately our strategy didn’t quite work. We didn’t have a choice [to conserve fuel]. we did everything we could but it wasn’t quite enough.”

A fantastic race was only marred by fuel strategy for Magnus Racing

Another Porsche works driver, Nick Tandy, had claimed pole in his inaugural Daytona event, but his Konrad Motorsport/Orbit team had little to celebrate thereafter, with the Brit suffering suspension damage after only eight laps.

Nick Tandy's Konrad Motorsports team took pole position at Daytona

A full report of the event can be found in an upcoming issue of Total 911.

Race result
GT class

1. Albuquerque/Jarvis/Mortara/von Moltke (MEX/GB/MEX/USA), Audi R8, 678 laps
2. Bass/Basseng/Rast/Stippler (USA/D/D/D), Audi R8, 678
3. Wilkens/Assentato/Cosmo/Lazzaro (USA/USA/USA/USA), Ferrari 458, 678
4. Balzan/Frezza/Pier Guidi (I/I/I/), Ferrari 458, 678
5. Lietz/Lally/Armindo/Potter (A/USA/F/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 678
6. Holzer/Bleekemolen/Faulkner/MacNeil (D/NL/IRL/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 678
10. Farnbacher/Baldwin/Burtin/Ragginger/Renauer (D/USA/USA/A/D), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 671
11. Bachler/Maassen/Seefried/Snow/Snow (A/D/D/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 668
13. Lieb/Sellers/Davis/Keen (D/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 663

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