Media Release: Dayton makes it a Monaco perfect 10
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MONTE CARLO, MONACO, Monday, May 3, 2010: Patrón Highcroft Racing founder Duncan Dayton claimed his ninth and Tenth victories on the streets of Monaco yesterday - dominating both of his events in the bi-annual Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

The reigning American Le Mans Series LMP1 champion team owner already held the record for the most wins ever around the streets of the famous Mediterranean principality prior to the weekend's events.

But Dayton made it a perfect 10 by taking his ex-Graham Hill 1959 Lotus 16 and 1970 Brabham BT33 historic Formula 1 machines to victory lane.

After being inspired as a young child to get into motor racing being taken to see the movie "Grand Prix" by his father, Dayton originally fulfilled a lifelong ambition to drive at Monaco in 1997, taking a Cooper T67 Formula Junior car to victory.

He won again in 2000 aboard a Brabham BT11 Climax V8 and drove his Lotus 16 for the first time in 2002 - actually finishing second. Since then, however, he has been on a huge winning steak in the front-engined machine - taking five wins in a row.

Dayton won in the Brabham BT11 again in 2004 and has now notched three consecutive victories aboard the BT33 - winning in 2006, 2008 and now this year.

"When I first drove out the pit lane for the first time in 1997, the thought of winning at Monaco was merely a dream - let alone the possibility of taking ten victories here," Dayton said.

"You hope that you can do well, but it is such a special place and I was just excited for the opportunity to race there.

"Taking both wins on the weekend was an amazing feeling. To stand on the podium again to hear the national anthem was pretty special."

After a gearbox issue in qualifying pushed him back to third on the grid for the Class B race for Pre-1961 Front engined Grand Prix cars (1947 - 1960), Dayton quickly made up for lost time on the opening lap, sprinting into the lead in the run up the hill to the Casino on the opening lap and charged to victory.

"I was fastest in the morning session on Saturday in the Lotus but it got stuck in fourth gear I eventually got it into neutral and coasted to a halt," Dayton said.

"The guys at Hoole Racing in the UK who prepare the car for me worked on repairing the gearbox and we decided to skip the second session to concentrate on getting ready for the race.

"I had a blazing start and was able to get into the lead going up the hill and never looked back.
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