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Results HSR Historic GTP
Drivers for the 24 Hour Race
Race Report -
Final Race Results:
Kevin Buckler's Racer's Group #66 Porsche GT3 RS wins overall.
I am so pleased for Kevin who started Porsche Club Racing at
about the same time I did, 10 years ago. After taking the GT title at
the Rolex 24 one
year ago, Kevin, together with Michael Schrom, Timo Bernhard and
Bergmeister reunited to take the overall crown. The Risi Competizione
Ferrari took second place honors, while the Rennwerks Motorsports #83
GT3 RS rounded out the overall podium. The Multimatic #88 Ford Focus
Prototype captured the first-ever honors in the new premier class. The
Racing #24 Mosler MT900R won the GTS class, while the Team
Racing #5 Nissan Lola took the SportsRacing Prototype II class.
The 24 Hours of Daytona
24 Minutes and Out for the Gunnar GT1 Porsche
This was indeed a frustrating weekend. We started the race
"back-up" motor. It didn't really make good power and we did not
it to last. It didn't. Gunnar Jeanette started the race after the crew
diligently to get the "new" motor in the car. We only lasted 8
and the car was not up to the task from the start. It was very
of my 1998 Le Mans effort with Konrad where we lasted only 12 minutes
the race on a "new" motor. Kevin Jeanette, the owner of Gunnar
was a true gentleman, was very appologetic and made asincere effort.
the crew did work very hard. I guess it was not to be.
I spend the rest of the afternoon and much of the evening crusins
the track. My good frined, Kevin Buckler and his team Racer's
spent most of the night in the lead and I was very happy indeed for
I had a nice long chat in one of the track suites with Duncan
and Bobby Rahal where we talked as much about skiing as we did
car racing. As I sit on an early morning flight back to Minneapolis and
this Kevin Buckler is busy defending his lead that was only a lap when
left this morning. The race will end about the time I get off the
I have already been asked many times if I am disappointed. Of
course. But that IS racing. We had a great season last year
with my RSR where we started 18 races and finished every one of them.
A great credit to our crew chief, chief engineer and chief
mechanic, David Moore. Perhaps things might have been different
if he would have helped prepare the car. The car "looked good on
paper" as Bobby Rahal said, and perhaps it would have gone well if we
would have had a bit more time to test. I am afraid to say that
even if we would have had a great motor, the car wouldn't have been a
winner, because we were just too far behind. The set up and the
suspension needed more time also. Our shock and spring
combination was less than perfect and the car would have been a handful
to drive all
through the night. So...on to our next adventure and back to
racing. We will be at Moroso for a vintage race in a couple of
with more driving, less cost and more fun. See you there.
Friday Historic GTP Race
Friday 24 Hour Practice
No real news. The car still did not work well. Apparently there is a broken cylinder in the engine and water is leaking out of one of the headers. So, a new engine is going into the car but we have not decided whether or not we will be do the race. I am 50/50 at the moment and will make the decision of whether I will race or not on Saturday Morning.
Thursday 24 Hour Practice
Unfortunately, this is not turning out the way I expected. The car
was finished just before the first practice and we are SLOOOW! We will
lucky to end up in the top half of the field and tonight during night
practice we were one of the slowest cars. We don't have the right
suspension set-up and we are way down on power. Imagine what is is like
to be driving such a beautiful, fast looking car and get passed
a GT3R Porsche. We can't get a good program for the engine from
and we just don't seem to be able to make the horsepower we need.
was faster here with my 1973 Normally Aspirated Porsche RSR in 1999.
All of the drivers have now had time in the car, we had a water leak
during the first practice and we keep changing things. Friday
we will have new shocks, new springs and perhaps a new program from
Porsche for the motor. But...they just aren't willing to give us
the motor we need to make the car go. Politics.
But, the good news... Jim and I are third on the grid for the Historic Race with the Porsche 962. And, we are much faster than the fastest of the Daytona 24 hours cars. So, for the Friday race in that car we expect to be very quick. And, we could win. It is very close.