TRG 1-2 in GT at the Rolex 24 at Daytona
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TRG owner Kevin Buckler had a wide smile on his face in victory circle following the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona: the No. 67 and 66 TRG Porsche GT3s took the top two spots in the GT class after leading the final hours of the race.

The top spot on the GT podium went to RJ Valentine, Andy Lally, Justin Marks, Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister in the No. 67 entry. Finishing one lap behind them in second was the No. 66 TRG Porsche of Ted Ballou, Emmanuel Collard, Tim George, Jr., Richard Lietz and Spencer Pumpelly.

Third place went to the No. 33 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3, a car that was a contender the entire race thanks to the driving skills of Sascha Maassen, Phillip Martien, Patrick Pilet and BJ Zacharias.

In the first four hours of the race, a battle was building between the two TRG entries and two Porsche GT3s - the No. 86 and 87 entries from Farnbacher Loles Racing. As the four Porsches swapped positions at the front of the class, Kelly Collins quietly came up to take the lead in the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R during the fourth hour.

By the time the seventh hour rolled around, the No. 07 was still up front, with Paul Edwards behind the wheel. The Farnbacher Loles and TRG Porsches were still very much in the mix, though, and during the eighth hour Spencer Pumpelly took over first in the No. 66 TRG Porsche.

The No. 07 Banner Pontiac faded some as the race approached the halfway mark, while things went really wrong for the No. 87 Farnbacher Porsche, which had to head to the garage with a broken drive shaft. Their No. 86 sister car, on the other hand, was thriving: after 12 hours, Kevin Roush had the Farnbacher entry in the lead. The two TRG contenders were close behind, though.

After 16 hours of racing, the No. 86 Porsche was still holding off the two TRG entries. While Dominik Farnbacher led in the pre-dawn stint, Kevin Buckler sat down with his drivers and they made a decision: if anything should happen to the Farnbacher entry, the TRG running order would remain the same instead of pitting the two cars against each other.

TRG got to enact their plan as daylight returned to Daytona and the No. 86 Farnbacher Porsche fell back, eventually finishing fifth in the GT class. The No. 67 TRG Porsche was ahead at the time, followed by the No. 66, and it would remain that way for the rest of the race.

At the finish, the No. 67 Porsche was listed as completing one lap more than its sister TRG car. With the No. 33 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 following in third, it meant that the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R just missed out on the podium. The Banner car had some problems with the muffler in the 21st hour, and they had to duck into their garage. With only one lap separating the team from the No. 33 Wright Porsche, that may have been the one thing that kept them off the steps of the podium.
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