Daytona 24 hours: GT class Porsche wins

The Daytona 24 Hours sportscar race has been won by the Racers Group GT-class Porsche 911, driven by Kevin Buckler, Michael Schrom, Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard. The car has become the first overall winner of the event to come from the GT ranks, completing 695 laps on its way to victory

Daytona 24 hours: GT class Porsche wins

It was a clean sweep of the podium for cars from the GT class. The Risi team's Ferrari 360, driven by Briton Johnny Mowlem, Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro finished second, ahead of Renwerks Motorsport's Porsche 911. It was an especially impressive performance for the Risi team, as the Ferrari 360 has been considered more fragile than the reliable, race-proven Porsches.

"We knew we had a tiny chance [at overall victory]," said Racers Group owner/driver Buckler. "But we just stayed consistent and didn't make any mistakes. The little Porsche was perfect!"

The first of the new Daytona Prototypes, the Multimatic Ford of Scott Walker, David Brabham and David Empringham, came home in fourth overall. The car had looked set to finish second, but was delayed by a broken header just over two hours from the finish. Fifth overall went to the Brumos Porshce Fabcar, the second Daytona Prototype home.

There was drama in the race for GTS class honours. The Morgan-Dollar Corvette established a comfortable 12-lap class lead, and looked set for victory until the team had a number of problems, the most serious of which saw the gearshift lever shear off in driver Rob Morgan's hand! This handed the class win to the Perspective Racing Mosler 900R, driven by Briton Andy Wallace, even though the car was suffering from overheating.

In the SRP II class, Team Seattle's Nissan/Lolas claimed first and second positions, the lead car of Ross Bentley and Joe and Justin Pruskowski finishing seventh overall.

Buckler, Schrom, Bernhard, Bergmeister Porsche 911 GT3RS GT 694
Mowlem, Lazzaro, Kelleners Ferrari 360 GT 685
Standridge, Steranka, van Overbeek, Murry Porsche 911 GT3 RS 684
Brabham, Maxwell, Epringham Multimatic Ford Focus DP 678
Haywood, France, Goodyear, Sharp Fabcar Porsche DP 660
Lieb, Hindery, Baron, Petty Porsche 911 GT3RS GT 655
Bentley, Kitch, Prukowski Lola-Nissan SRP-II 651
MacLeod, Gaughran, Gaylord, Gorriaran Lola-Nissan SRP-II 647
Wallace, Neugarten, Policand, Barbosa Mosler MT900R GTS 640
Morgan, Morgan Norick, Pace Chevrolet Corvette GTS 638

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