Porsche Fight Puts Two 911 GT3 Cup Cars in Watkins Glen GRAND-AM Top-Five; Brumos Racing Takes Second Consecutive Podium; Magnus Earns Fourth; Horton Leads
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., August 11, 2012 - It was clear from the results that Porsche teams came to Watkins Glen International with a lot of fight in them. Porsches were in the heat of the battle from the first turn to the last of the two-hour Continental Tire 200 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at the famous Upstate New York road course. All three of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars entered in the GT class of the event played major roles with Brumos Racing earning its second consecutive podium finish having just narrowly bested the Magnus Racing Porsche to the checkered flag. Horton Racing, having had a career-best starting spot added to their success by leading a lap before contact with a Daytona Prototype competitor ended their podium run.
Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.) took the green flag in the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup from the seventh starting position. Having lost their quickest lap in qualifying as a result of a fuel relay problem during Friday's time trials, Davis was eager to show the strength of the Brumos operation. He wasted little time working his way to the front of the field. When the first caution flag waved just short of the mandatory 30-minutes required for a driver to be in the car to earn championship points, Brumos rolled the dice and left the 2011 GT champion on track. Davis inherited the lead and kept it for 15 laps. When he handed the car over to teammate and fellow 2011 champion Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.) it set the stage for a battle royal with the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche for the checkered flag - a struggle that ultimately ended with the Brumos car on the podium in third-position.
"Hats off to the Brumos crew," said Davis. "They worked tirelessly over the last couple of weeks. They gave us a great car. The Brumos No. 59 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was working really well. I knew that going in. Turn one was exciting because there was some contact and cars spinning everywhere but being on the inside I had an escape route and was able to get by two of the cars I wanted to get by. Then I just chased down the first two cars and I was picking away at them. I just put my head down on the restart and tried to build the biggest restart I could for Leh because I knew we'd need it.