Three Porsches In Mid-Ohio GRAND-AM Top-10; Magnus Racing Porsche Leads Quintet of 911 GT3 Cup Racers in Round Six of GT Season
Lexington, Ohio - June 9 - The No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup led a quintet of Porsches under the checkered flag in today's EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Magnus car, shared by Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) and owner/driver John Potter (Salt Lake City), finished fifth in the two-hour, 45-minute, sixth round of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season. The No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche driven by Andrew Davis (Bogart, Ga.) and Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.) finished seventh while the No. 67 Sargent & Lundy TRG Porsche crossed the finish line eighth. The final two Porsches in the field, the No. 73 Horton Autosport and No. 72 Grant Racing/901 Shop entries, finished 16th and 17th respectively.
"It's nice to be top Porsche, but we're honestly not satisfied given the point leaders ahead of us," commented Lally following the race. "At a track like Mid-Ohio it was tough to do any more than we could do. We're really hoping for a turnaround at Road America and Watkins Glen, as we're slowly watching the points slip away. The guys did a great job putting together a fast car, we just need to capitalize at the tracks that will favor us."
The Magnus Racing machine looked positioned to finish higher in the running order until the fear of a punctured tire brought Lally into the pits early in their fuel window. Because the stop was early, the former NASCAR driver had to conserve tires until late in the going. Once released from those worries, Lally cut the gap to fourth and was challenging in the closing laps but was not able to make the pass. He finished in a first-through-fifth train at the close of the race, the highest-finishing Porsche.
"I guess we finished 'best in class,' so we do take some satisfaction in that. Everyone did a great job all weekend working on getting us as far up the charts as we could," said Magnus owner/driver Potter. "The GT field is extremely competitive this year, and having five different manufacturers win in the first six races demonstrates that."
Brumos Racing also looked a likely podium finisher early in the race. Davis, who qualified the No. 59 second on the grid, held second until the Jacksonville, Fla.- team's first pit stop when Keen took-over the seat. A