Porsche Teams Miss Out On Podium In Late Race Dash

Magnus Racing missed the class podium (Credit: Grand-Am)

Magnus Racing were the best of the Porsche customer teams in Detroit, as three teams made it into the top-10 finishing positions in the Rolex Series.

The Magnus Racing machine narrowly missed out on a podium result, taking fourth place in a first-to-sixth place battle for the final positions, with Park Place Motorsports and Muelhner Motorsports America taking sixth and ninth respectively.

The first twenty minutes of the race was spent under full-course caution as the Daytona Prototypes tangled on the opening lap of the race. The long caution period, mixed with a second 20 minute yellow around the mid-way stage meant that the top teams could get away with just one stop for fuel, tyres and the mandatory driver change.

A final caution of the race in the closing stages meant that the GT class were nose-to-tail with just nine minutes of green flag racing left. It was the Chevrolet Camaro of Stevenson Motorsports which took the win, followed across the line by a brace of Ferraris, before the Magnus Porsche took fourth, just one tenth of a second off the top three.

“Fourth is actually a good result for us here,” commented Andy Lally, driver of the #44 Magnus machine. “The guys did an excellent job in the pits and we were able to maintain from there. It was a wild race with the long yellow, which only made track position all the more important. The guys really made this one happen today.”