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Magnus Racing Head Porsche Squads, Keep GT Class Lead

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Lally survived a holed radiator to finish sixth in the #44 (Photo Credit: Porsche North America)

Magnus Racing men Andy Lally and John Potter left Barber Motorsports Park in the Rolex Series GT class points lead after leading four Porsche teams in the bottom half of the top ten finishing positions in the Porsche 250.

Despite a punctured radiator Lally brought the #44 started by Potter home in sixth place, with fellow Porsche teams in seventh, eight and tenth places. The fifth and final driver line-up using Porsche machinery in the race finished the two hour race in 11th place.

“If you can’t take first, taking top Porsche honors is always a nice consolation,” said owner/driver Potter. “It’s actually a great testament to Porsche that we were able to bring the car home. Once we realized the problem Andy’s radiator had, we were keeping a really watchful eye the whole time on the engine temperature, and it’s amazing the car made it to the end. We had the support of Porsche Motorsport engineers by our side the whole time to monitor the situation, and that helped a lot to make the right decisions. We all came in to this weekend knowing that Barber would be a tough track for our car, but I think we did a good job and walked away with great points.”

Missing out on fifth position by only a second at the flag Lally rounded out the lead lap finishers in class. Immediately behind them in finishing order was the #18 Muehlner Motorsports America entry shared by Chilean Eduardo Costabal and Florida driver Dion von Moltke. Von Moltke was the only one of Porsche’s drivers to lead the race, leading the way for eight laps following the race’s only full course caution period.

The #18 pairing would finish seventh, with Patrick Lindsey and Patrick Long combining to eighth place in Park Place Motorsports’ #73. The sister car in the team, shared by the similarly, similarly named pairing of Mike Vess and Mike Skeen would finish 11th, two laps down on the class lead.

Andrew Davis and Leh Keen finished tenth in Brumos Racing’s #59 to complete a weekend spent fighting brake problems.

 

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