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MOMO NGT Motorsport 18-Hour Race Report Rolex 24 At Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Jan 27, 2014 - 06:08 AM
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MOMO NGT Motorsport 18-Hour Race Report Rolex 24 At Daytona


From the start of the weekend, MOMO NGT Motorsport's strategy was to race conservatively for the first 17-18 hours of the celebrated Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, then really push to the finish, and that is exactly what they did as they embarked on the 18-hour mark.

 

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MOMO NGT Motorsport has kept their No. 30 Porsche 911 GT America consistently running in the Top 10 of the GT Daytona (GTD) class and even led a significant number of laps. With the mindset to save the car for the end of the race, the drivers have been doing double stints and working on keeping the car intact.

Hour by Hour

• At 2:08 a.m., Townsend Bell took the lead in class from Kuba Giermaziak with 311 laps completed, but on lap 319, Kuba gained the lead again
• At 3:32 a.m., Henrique Cisneros pits for 4 tires and fuel
• At 4:59 a.m., Henrique Cisneros pits for 4 tires and fuel and Nicki Thiim takes over No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche 911 GTD for a 1 hour, 34 minute stint
• At 5:33 a.m., 15 hours and 22 minutes complete of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Nicki Thiim pits for fuel, 4 tires and Christina Nielsen takes the wheel once again
• At 6:38 a.m., Christina Nielsen completes her hour and 5 minute drive to let Kuba Giermaziak take over driving duties
• At 7:55 a.m., Kuba Giermaziak pits for tires, fuel, and to hand the car over to Christina Nielsen

Kuba Giermaziak, driver of No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche 911 GTD: "I have to say the car is very good, but we have a little issue with the front splitter. Henrique just got knocked off by a Prototype. He had to go through the grass and we lost the lowest wooden part of the skid plate, which probably cost us three- to five-tenths of a second, so like half a second a lap because the car is pretty loose and here on this high speed track, you need parts like this. But it's a 24-hour race, so it's still a long way to go. We had a little issue with the brakes which cost us probably four or five laps and the cars we are normally battling are on Laps 1, 2 , and 3. So it's a little bit of a shame but still a long way to go and I'm sure if everything goes well, we can move up a few places."


Beaux Barfield, Strategy Engineer of No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche 911 GTD: "Pretty much the first half of the race we were totally in the hunt and leading, legitimately at times, for entire stints. We had kind of an unexpected brake issue and lost pretty much all of our track position and now it looks like we're having a fuel level issue that we might not be able to run full length stints until the end of the race. So, let's see if we can salvage a Top 10 out of it."

Tune in now to the thrilling Rolex 24 finale on FOX Sports 1. Checkered flag drops at Daytona International Speedway at 2:10 p.m. EST.

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