Tough Street Course, Early-Race Incidents Push Porsches Out of Top Five in Detroit
Detroit - June 2 - Two of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup teams at the two-hour Rolex GRAND-AM GT race on the street course on Belle Isle were lurking in the top three early in the event, but a combination of on-track incidents and just not enough performance versus the competition pushed them back before the checkered flag.
The Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, with John Potter and Andy Lally at the controls, started eighth and finished sixth as the top-finishing Porsche, and continued to keep the points pressure on the class leaders. Both drivers had good stints and stayed away from some of the on-track problems that plagued the others. Magnus Racing won the 2012 Rolex 24 earlier in the season in their Porsche.
"This is definitely a very interesting track to race on, overall I'd say we're content with sixth. The guys did a great job and made great calls on the car, but it's just really difficult to pass here. We definitely take satisfaction as the top finishing Porsche; we just wish that was a higher finish!" said Potter, who started the race for Magnus.
"We walked away with solid points, so we're happy with that. To do well at a track like this, the Porsche would definitely need a few rule changes to be able to walk away with top finish, but at least we were the top Porsche. It was a great scrap with the guys we were racing with, and a really stacked field of talented drivers, so we'll take it," said Lally.
The GT class was won by the Taylor/Edwards Camero, with the Segal/Assentato/Segal Ferrari second and the Liddell/Edwards Camero third. Complete results can be found on www.grand-am.com .
The only Porsche to lead the GT class, however briefly, was the newest team to the Porsche lineup - the Horton Autosport drivers Patrick Lindsey and Eric Foss. The team decided to forego a pit stop in the first hour when the rest of the field came in under yellow, and took over the lead for four laps, hoping for another yellow flag before the tires started to wear. Unfortunately, the grip went away a few laps before they could get into the pits, and they lost several positions to the field. Then, after the driver change, Eric Foss was tagged by one of the Ferraris, and that caused an