The #30 MOMO/NGT Motorsport Porsche GT3 suffered an exploded brake rotor, causing the suspension failure while leading the GT class in the 18th hour of the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona, a post mortem has revealed.
The car, driven by Henrique Cisneros, Sean Edwards, Kuba Giermaziak and Patrick Pilet, had been running consistently in the top five for the majority of the race, spending a portion of time in the lead.
“It was such a disappointment to be out of the race after such an extraordinary effort by all the drivers and crew.” said Team Manager and NGT Motorsport owner Ramez Wahab. “Now we know the cause for Kuba’s 180-mile per hour left front suspension failure was the brake rotor explosion. We were using the same aftermarket rotors that we have had success with in the past with no problems, so it was a big surprise for us.”
“I wish to congratulate Ramez Wahab and the MOMO NGT Motorsport team on their outstanding performance in the 2013 24 Hours of Daytona,” added President and CEO Porsche Motorsport, Jens Walther. “The entire team did a fantastic job, not only in the preparation for the race, but the entire event. Unfortunately, the result was not what they were expecting or we were hoping. Nevertheless, the team successfully withstood the strong factory effort of Audi and Ferrari for a large part of the race. This is a great testimony to the professionalism and the quality of the team.”
The Rolex Series continues – without a MOMO/NGT Motorsport entry – this weekend with a first ever visit to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas