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TUSCC: The Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona, Test Review, The GT Classes

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All ten cars entered for the Test (and the race) made it on track during the three day test with the final standings seeing the field’s best time separated by just seven tenths of a second, only one car, the 10th fastest, seeing a gap to its nearest test rival of more than two tenths of a second.

#912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR (Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki)

Both factory entered Porsches were very much in the mix throughout the test, Earl Bamber banging in an overall test topping 1:44.316 on Saturday afternoon.

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The #912 car topped the times twice (including in the wet session on Sunday morning) and was able to run with the leading pace with all three drivers.

#98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE (Lamy/Turner/Lauda/Dalla Lana)

The test was the AMR debut for Mathias Lauda, the Austrian a full season WEC signing alongside Lamy and Dalla Lana in GTE Am. The same car will also contest the four NAEC rounds agains the current game plan.

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The current BoP for the V8 Vantage looks set to see the #98 car rather closer to the pack than last year, the car setting the top class time in four of the eight sessions with both Pedro Lamy and Darren Turner setting session topping pace, both into the 1:44s with Lamy’s 1:44.414 the best of the bunch.

#911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR (Tandy/Pilet/Lieb)

The 1:44.486 from Nick Tandy on Friday afternoon saw the #911 911 RSR top the times in that session, the car running second fastest on a further three occasions, including in the wet on Sunday.

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#3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R (Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe)

Corvette’s Roar was a steady hike through the early season todo list with both cars showing real pace, the #3 emerging the faster of the two with a 1:44.500 in session 3, the car running second overall in that session, and third in class on both Friday afternoon and in Saturday’s night running.

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Jan Magnussen: “We’ve been able to get a lot more work done on setup this time around. Last year was a matter of getting to know the Corvette C7.R and trying to sort some of the ‘new’ issues. It’s been much nicer and much more productive this year. We’re in a pretty good position but we won’t know until race time where we stack up against anybody else. We got through our program and tested the elements we had planned. In that respected, we’re much better prepared than we were last year.”

#62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia (Kaffer/ Rigon)

Pierre Kaffer and Davide Rigon represented RIsi at the test, a 1:44.618 from Kaffer the best effort from the team.

Giancarlo Fisichella and Olivier Beretta will join Kaffer and Rigon in the cockpit of the #62 Ferrari for the race.

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Dave Sims, team manager: “The last two days have been very successful. The car set up has been right from the word go and has suited the car. A full stint today has proved the car consistent and absolutely right from beginning to end. The drivers are over-the-moon with the car. Pierre and Fisichella have the same set up so there’s no question if he will like it, which is another bonus. We’re going to load up and get on the road Sunday. We’ve got extensive work to do back at the shop in preparation for the race, which is coming upon us very quickly.”

Rick Mayer, race engineer: “It seems like we’re in pretty good shape as far as the lap times and other metrics on the timing. Obviously, everyone is holding back a little so hopefully we’re in the window on that aspect. Our main driver, Pierre, is really happy with the car. Typically, the things you learn at Daytona are only beneficial for this track. With the chance of rain and only two sessions, we won’t run Sunday.”

Pierre Kaffer: “I’m really happy to be back in the Risi Competizione car. Since Petit Le Mans, we’ve worked on the car over the winter time and out from the trailer here at Daytona, the car has been good. During our test sessions at the Roar we have developed our setup in the direction we like for the race. The car is very easy to drive and the team is getting used to everything again. It’s always nice to have some time before a race like Daytona to get into rhythm again. We feel really comfortable after several test sessions. Davide did a very good job in the car. Unfortunately, he did not drive much last year in the race. And here this week, he was a bit unlucky with the red flags, but he is very reliable. I know him well and am looking very forward to driving with him and Olivier for the 24 Hours at Daytona.”

Davide Rigon: “It’s really nice to be here with Risi Competizione. From the first lap, I felt very good with the car and the team. They are really fantastic. For now, we are working well with the car and trying a lot of different stuff. This is my first time driving with my teammate, Pierre. As a whole team with Olivier and Giancarlo Fisichella, I think we are a really good crew. Let’s hope it will continue like this and we’ll continue preparing for the race in a few weeks.”

#25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE (Auberlen/Werner/Farfus/ Spengler)

The #25 was the best of the Z4s with Dirk Werner topping the times in session four with a 1:44.768

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#17 Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR (Henzler/Sellers/P.Long)

Pat Long was a welcome addition to the popular #17 crew, the team giving the #17 Porsche its Daytona debut this year (their season started at Sebring in 2014).

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The car ran mid pack throughout most of the test but had limited running when the track was at its fastest on Saturday, a 1:44.779 was its best effort of the Roar.

#4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R (Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud)

Simon Pagenaud was getting himself dialled in to a new motorsport experience, the rapid Frenchman the latest new face at Corvette.

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Simon Pagenaud: “So far so good. It’s been a real pleasure to join the Corvette Racing team, and it’s great to be part of the Team Chevy family. The Corvette C7.R is a beautiful car – really a super-cool race car. It’s very close to what I feel in a single-seater. I’m having to get used to the brakes and how it feels with the weight compared to an IndyCar. The engine is really nice. There are always some things I can polish on my driving, which is what I’m doing. It’s enjoyable. I’m having a great time in my first laps for 2015.”

On the Collision Avoidance System

“It’s a great invention. What a beautiful piece of electronics! You can see pretty much everything behind you. The arrow indicates when someone is passing you when you can’t even see the car in the camera. It’s really well done. So I’m getting used to that and all the other instruments and buttons in the car. So far so good.”

#51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia (Perrodo/Collard/Vilander)

An incident for Francois Perrodo brought the #51 Ferrari’s test to a premature end, contact with the wall saw Francois needing a check over and the car withdrawn from the remainder of the test – A competitive 1:44.841 its best time to that point.

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#24 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE (J.Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann/ Rahal)

Jens Klingmann and Graham Rahal joined the #24 team for the Roar and had a couple of sessions in the top half of the order. Whilst the ultimate times were very close the #24 spent too much time in the bottom half of the bottom half!

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GTD

19 cars ran at the test, the 2014 Championship winning Turner Motorsport BMW though made only the final day for a shakedown test.

#33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3R (Goosens/S.Bleekemolen/ Carter)

The TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Riley Motorsports team had a successful on-track debut at Daytona International Speedway this weekend where the team’s pair of Dodge Viper GT3-Rs set the pace in the GT Daytona (GTD) class in the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test, January 9-11 with their mix of proven talent looking strong. The #33 Viper topped the times in two sessions, Marc Goossens making his mark early on with the fastet GTD time of the Roar on Friday afternoon, 1:46.948 at the track he set pole in the Viper’s GTLM big sister last year!.

“I’ve always liked Daytona, but there are a lot of good drivers out there and a lot of people working hard right now to come back here in two weeks and get the pole,” Goossens said. “Hopefully we have something for them, but most importantly we need to be there at the end of the race and try to get that watch.”

Goossens is scheduled to race the #33 in the Rolex 24 in support of full-season co-drivers Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen. Keating was on business elsewhere for the Roar, with Bleekemolen racing in Dubai.

Keating though kept a close eye from afar on his team’s progress this weekend.

“We want to win the championship,” Keating said. “The Tudor series is competitive and the number of cars in GTD makes our class ultra-tough. We think we have put together the best people and are coming in with the championship on our mind. We are very optimistic. We learned a lot last year and think we can be more consistent, which is what the championship is all about.”

Goossens shared the #33 at the Roar with Bleekemolen’s brother, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, and debuting team driver, Al Carter, who also tested in the #93 car.

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Al Carter co-drove the No. 93 throughout the weekend with reigning IMSA GTLM Champion Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher and two-time Trans Am TA2 Champion Cameron Lawrence. The #93 clocked in second fastest overall in GTD at the Roar with a top lap of 1:47.245 (119.502 mph), which was also set in the Friday afternoon session.

“Having a second car for the Rolex 24 is not something most people can do. As we all know, anything can happen in a 24-hour race and having a second car is literally doubling our chances of being there in the end. We think we have a car that can be consistent and last the long haul. We just have to keep both cars clean and in the hunt.”

Sebastiaan Bleekemolen: “I think the car is much more reliable this year. We have to keep in mind that we were the only Viper GT3-R running worldwide last year in endurance races, so we’ve had to discover everything ourselves. Just compare that to Porsche, for example. I really look forward to this season and I have high expectations!”

Al Carter: “Riley and this Viper team are coming off some changes from last year’s success and championship-winning campaign. Though the cars might not be red this year, the speed of the cars, the knowledge of the team and the talent of the drivers has not changed. I consider myself extremely lucky to be part of the TI Automotive and Viper Exchange Riley program this year, and it is by far my best chance to perform for a solid result in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.”

Marc Goossens: “We’re not in the GTLM class anymore but the GTD field has proven to be very competitive. Of course, the rules of the two GT classes are very different, so there is no comparison in handling and the electronics on the cars, but the feel you get in a Viper remains very special. After having assisted in the testing program of the GTD car both in the U.S. and Europe, I look forward to racing the car on the banking. Hopefully we can start this campaign with a good result at the Rolex 24 for TI Automotive and Viper Exchange.”

Tyler Hook, Lead Engineer, #33 TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Viper GT3-R: “We accomplished pretty much most of the test items that we came here with and we were able to check them off, so the rain didn’t cut into our testing program too bad. Sunday we were just working on a little bit of engine mapping for the race, for yellow-flag conditions and stuff like that, which we were going to try and run but now we will have to wait until we come back. Not a big deal really. I don’t know about anybody else, but we were certainly trying as hard as we could the last few days. We were definitely trying to run hard as otherwise you don’t really learn anything in testing.”

#93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3R (Goosens/Carter/D.Farnbacher/ Lawrence/Wittmer)

Al Carter co-drove the No. 93 throughout the weekend with Reigning IMSA GTLM Champion Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher and two-time Trans Am TA2 Champion Cameron Lawrenceshred the #93 Viper with Al Carter.

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The #93 clocked in second fastest overall in GTD at the Roar with a top lap of 1:47.245 (119.502 mph), which was also set in the Friday afternoon session.

Dominik Farnbacher: “It was a great experience to come back here with almost the same people we had last year. A lot of the same faces, the same mechanics and almost the same car. It is a GTD car now, different tires, different engine, different gearbox, everything is GTD spec now, but it seems to work very well. Our development paid off and the test was very good. We tried out different settings and all of the different drivers just to get them comfortable in the car and they all did a good job. We are more than positive that the race will end pretty well.”

Kuno Wittmer: “First off, we need to give a big thank you, a big shout out to TI Automotive and Viper Exchange. Without them, we wouldn’t be here, the three or four drivers we have wouldn’t be able to pull it off, so it’s really thanks to them. The hard-working team and talented crew that we were mostly able to retain from last year are championship-winning guys, so why not pull them into this new program. So far, the GT3-R comparatively to the GTLM car we drove last year is quite different. We are on some different rubber, a lot less electronics, but it has some advantages in certain areas too. Overall, we are looking pretty good, so far the package is strong.”

Matt Bejnarowicz, Lead Engineer, #93 TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Viper GT3-R: “The test went really well. The good news is all of our drivers did an awesome job. We never dropped a wheel off the track, we focused on what we had to, and the cars are as exactly as clean as when they arrived. The cars ran flawless, we did have what I would call some early-season teething pains, these cars get torn apart and then get all put back together and we had a lot of new parts integration and improvements we are trying to make. We had a chance to kind of shake out all of those bugs and make sure we get the gremlins out before we start running for 24 hours. The guys back at the shop in North Carolina definitely have no rest ahead of them. They have to get everything turned around, everything cleaned up, a lot of little details, even presentation details to make sure that all of the team gear and everything is up to snuff, a lot of work.”

#58 Dempsey/ Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America (Snow/Heylen/Dempsey/Eng)

The Brumos liveried #58 was the fastest of the nine Porsche 911 GT Americas at the test, Phillip Eng banging in a 1:47.433 on Friday afternoon after topping the times in class in the first session, the Dempsey/ Wright car ran in the top five for the first five sessions, 6th and 7th in its final two runs as the team set about the job list.

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#28 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT America (Bachler/Zoechling/Engelhart/ Willsey/Ineichen)

The Konrad Porsche proved itself one to watch for the race, twice topping the times in the hands of Porsche Supercup and VLN racer Christopher Zoechling, a 1:47.495 his best on Saturday.

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#81 GB Autosport Porsche 911 GT America (Faulkner/Giermaziak/Skeen/ Butcher/Avenatti)

The #81 GB Autosport Porsche mustered its full Rolex 24 Hours roster with Rory Butcher making his Daytona debut for the team alongside Damien Faulkner, Michael Avenatti, Mike Skeen and Kuba Giermaziak. The squad completed over 160 laps through seven sessions.

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The team led the the third session of the weekend with Kuba Giermazia posting highly competitive 1:47.524 but the car suffered some minor niggles thereafter.

“Last year, as a first-season team, we lacked some speed but the car was reliable,” said Team Manager Cole Scrogham. “This year, we know the car has the speed, it’s just a matter of making sure we are able to make it the full 24 hours to be fighting at the end. We feel good after this test. We had some small issues, but that’s why we’re here. The drivers were all very comfortable with the car and were acclimated right away. They share the same ideas on the car set up and we’re all looking forward to getting back here and being prepared for the full 24 in just over a week.”

#007 TRG/ AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 (Davison/Nielsen/Nygaard/Davis)

TRG’s test plans were interrupted by a nasty shunt for Christoffer Nygaard, the car hitting the wall hard on the exit of the Bus Stop on Friday afternoon and forcing the team to work through the night to prep their spare car.

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The car missed the first Saturday session but was back on track thereafter, running third fastest in class on Saturday afternoon, a 1:47.529 its best of the test in the hands of Davison.

#45 Flying Lizards Audi R8 LMS (Winkelhock/Thorne/Hoshino/ Fujii)

The Roar saw the first opportunity for both Japanese drivers to get their first time around DIS, both getting quickly up to speed and contributing to a test that saw the #45 Audi run with the leading pack for several sessions, a 1:47.581 its best on Saturday evening.

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Each of the four ran strong laps in dry and wet conditions.

Darren Law: “Overall I think we had a really good weekend. It was my first time coming in back with the team in a different role, but it was a great transition because I knew everybody here already and I know the industry so I’m really enjoying the new role with Flying Lizard. As far as the car and the drivers, it was an excellent test. The car was quick, and of course, this is a very well established season program that has done this race many times. We left here with a quick car, with consistent drivers, and I feel very good about coming back to the race.”

Tomonobu Fujii: I would like to extend a big thank you to the team, Flying Lizard Motorsports, and to my teammates Markus (Winkelhock), Robert (Thorne), and Hoshino. They have all done such a great job and worked hard this week at the test. The team has put together a fast car that I feel confident in. I’m very familiar with the Audi R8 LMS from my experience in Super GT, and this car was fantastic. The car has great speed, braking, and handles very well. It had good grip on the track and is easy to drive. This is my first time running here in the United States and I am really enjoying being at Daytona International Speedway. I’m glad we were able to run in both wet and dry conditions so that I could be more prepared for what may come at us during the race at the end of the month. I already have experience running 24 hour endurance races in Japan and Dubai, so I’m looking forward to applying that knowledge to this experience. We will continue to keep focused in order to be at the top of the podium in our Audi R8 LMS at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Satoshi Hoshino: It is a great pleasure to drive at a historic and prestigious track like Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. This has been such a great experience to be testing here for the past three days. After having 3 full days of driving on track, I feel very confident about coming back for the event next week. I will do my best during the race to contribute to the team to help them get the results we deserve. I’m excited to be racing with these drivers and I cannot wait to be back here in the Audi R8 LMS in two weeks and go for the win at the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona.

Robert Thorne: The test went really well. I had a really great experience to work with Flying Lizard Motorsports and get behind the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS, as well as have Audi here and the factory support and the factory drivers. It was an overwhelmingly awesome experience. We had some good times and made some improvements on the car. I feel very successful and confident going into the 24 now, a lot more so than before the test. Markus is a very quick driver and great to work with. Fujii and Hoshino are very friendly and I think between the four of us I think we have a very fast winning combination. I’m looking forward to the 24 and hoping we can get a win on the board.

Markus Winkelhock: I’m absolutely happy with the test. The car was good, and team was good as always. I feel confident in the car on the track. I think we’ve got a good driver line-up for the race. I’ve done seven 24 Hours with the Audi R8 LMS and I’ve never had a technical issue so I think we have a really reliable car for the race. As I said, the car is well prepared from the Lizards. I think we have a good chance to be on top of the podium at the end of the race. This must be the target especially after last year when we finished second. I am really looking forward to the race. I’m fully motivated. Victory must be the target.

#22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America (MacNeil/Keen/A.Davis/ van Gisbergen)

The Alex Job Racing run #22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche ran on all three days of the test, putting their efforts into getting the full driver line-up the maximum possible seat time.

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Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen, Andrew Davis and Shane van Gisbergen all therefore had ample opportunity to dial themselves back into the car, the team and the track with the effort running in the top seven for the first six sessions, topping the times in class for the first session on Friday and setting a test best time of 1:47.581.

“The WeatherTech Porsche ran flawlessly all weekend,” MacNeil said. “We welcomed Andrew into the team and it was good to see Shane up from down under. We had a mix of weather conditions, so it was nice to try out a few different set-up options. We are somewhere in the top five with speed, but I really like the car’s consistency over a fuel stint. I guess we have to wait until qualifying to see where we really land on the speed chart.”

“This weekend went great,” Keen said. “Really happy with how smoothly everything went his weekend. It was great to have Shane back and Andrew now in our lineup. The car was strong every practice session and really great over the long run. Couldn’t have been a smoother test to get ready for the big race!”

“I felt that we had a very successful test in our AJR WeatherTech Porsche GT America,” Davis said.  “From my perspective, it was great having the opportunity to become accustom to the way things are done at Alex Job Racing.  The team works together exceptionally well, and felt like I was able to assimilate with the group quickly. We made some good progress with the car over the course of the test.  All of us were able to gain some valuable time behind the wheel, and we gathered important data to make our No. 22 Porsche a strong race car for the big show!  The competition is going to be really strong at this year’s Rolex 24, and there is a stacked field of quality cars, teams, and drivers in the GTD category.  However, I am very confident that our WeatherTech Porsche is going to be right up front when we return to Daytona next week.”

Alex Job: “We went through our to-do list and accomplished everything we needed to this weekend,” Job said. “The car ran great and all four drivers were able to get in a lot of laps to get reacquainted with the circuit and the team. There are fewer cars in the GTD class this year, but the quality of teams and drivers is higher.”

#48 Paul Miler Racing Audi R8 LMS (Haase/B.Miller/von Moltke/Rast)

The Roar marked the team debut for 2013 GT class winner Dion von Moltke who will contest the full IMSA TUDOR Championship GTD season co-driving with Christopher Haase.. Rast is racing in the Rolex 24 with Paul Miller Racing for the second year in a row, the rapid German, recently added to Audi’s LMP1 driver roster co-drove to a GT class victory in the 2012 Rolex 24. It was Rast that pulled out the team’s fastest lap, 1:47.669 in session 6, second fastest in the session in class.

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“I’m really loving life here at Paul Miller Racing,” von Moltke said. “It was a really strong first test for us. I feel right at home with the team. They have done a great job welcoming me in and making me feel like I’m really a member of the team. I don’t feel like it’s my first weekend with them.”

“Everything got done fairly early actually,” Paul Miller Racing Team Manager Mitchell Simmons said. “The car pretty much did everything we expected it to do, the simulation was spot on, and we ran some good laps. We made a little bit of a wrong turn just testing some things out about mid-day yesterday but for the most part we are very happy.”

“It was a great test days and we worked on a good car set-up for the race,” Haase said. “You always need some luck too but I am optimistic we have a good car for the Daytona race. A great job from the team and all drivers during the Roar, very focused, and we worked hard on everything in a team effort for perfection. We did lots of driver change practice, which was very helpful, we are good but still have to improve some small details in the cockpit to be a bit quicker.”

“There is a familiarity now that we have in our relationships,” Bryce Miller said. “The comfort level is good, with Christopher being back, with some of the Audi support personnel that are here, we get to build on relationships that we were just starting out on a year ago. That’s confidence inspiring, and gives the whole team a different perspective or outlook going into this race. We are building on a foundation of a full year of relationships, processes and procedures that will go a long way in helping us try to learn and progress in areas that maybe we didn’t cover last year.”

#009 TRG/ AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 (DeBoer/Doyle/McKenzie)

The #009 Aston Martin saw a rather pogoing progress through the test as the team worked their way through some issues. 1:47.703 was its best time.

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#49 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 (Lathouras/Rugolo/Aguas)

A solid middle order test from the #49 crew throughout the weekend topped by a 1:47.740 from Michele Rugolo was good preparation for the task ahead

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#64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 (Longo/Serra/Fuentes)

the ‘Brazilian’ Scuderia Corsa 458 was quick in the damp, solidly middle order for the rest of the test. 1:47.901 their best effort.

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#44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America (Potter/Lally/Seefried)

An uncharacteristically quiet test from Magnus racing saw the #44 car in the lower half of the times until Sunday Morning’s wet session, the crowd favourites topped the time in the damp conditions. 1:47.943 was their best of the weekend on Saturday.

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#23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America (James/M.Farnbacher/Riberas)

The test for the #23 Team Seattle-Heart of Racing Porsche ended abruptly when Alex Riberas backed into the Bus Stop Turn wall on Saturday afternoon after setting a best time of the test of 1:47.970 during the weekend.

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Mario Farnbacher: “We had a few problems during the test, but we are getting better,” Farnbacher said. “The Roar is for testing and it is also good to have the problems at the test and not in the race. I think we will have to wait until qualifying for the race to see exactly where everyone is on the speed chart. This year’s field is definitely really tight.  It’s going to be a hard race in two weeks.”

Ian James: “We were a new team last year here at Daytona,” James said. “This year we have the same drivers back and the same crew. Having that consistency is paying off. The communication is very clean and we get things done very efficiently. We had a good weekend of testing, Alex had his incident, but the team will have us back up to pace come the race.”

Alex Riberas: “The test went great,” Riberas said. “We had many things to try and despite some obstacles we got the information we wanted. It’s difficult to say where we stand with the Porsche. From what we see in the test there might be other cars which are better for one timed lap. On the other side, I think we are extremely strong when it comes to long runs. The driver’s quality is incredibly high in the Tudor Championship, but, in my opinion, the level stepped up for this 24 hour. All the big motorsport names suddenly came up together to create one of the most competitive fields. Getting that Rolex is going to be a huge challenge. We are all very excited.”

Alex Job: “We were having a really good testing weekend until Alex went into the wall,” Job said. “If it were a race weekend we would have been on the track in the morning, but we decided to pack it up and take it back to the shop. We went through most of our set-up progressions and we and we will be ready to race in two weeks.”

#73 Park Place Motorsport Porsche 911 GT America (Lindsey/Pumpelly/Norman/ Ducote/Estre)

Middle-lower order running and a long todo list was the order of the (3) day(s) for Park Place Motorsport’s solo entry, a 1:48.125 the best of their test.

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#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 (Sweedler/T.Bell/Lazzaro/Segal)

1:48.156 was the best for the #63 Ferrari in a quiet test for the car as the team and drivers worked through the job list, will the defending drivers champs be on the pace? We’ll soon see!

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#19 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT America (O’Young/Basseng/M.Beretta/ De Phillippi)

Neither of the Muehlner cars put in an enormous amount of running, the team though ran the #19 in seven of the eight sessions, albeit just for a single lap in one of them. 1:48.811 the best time.

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#97 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 (Markus Palttala)

The 2014 Champions, Turner Motorsport announced that Boris Said will join Michael Marsal, Marcus Palttala, and Andy Priaulx in the Turner Motorsport Z4 GTD at the Rolex 24.

Will Turner’s outfit initially planed to miss the roar but ran on Sunday after IMSA pressured the team to make an appearance.

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Markus Palttala was the only driver available, the Fin doing all of the running, a 1:55.560 the best time of the day for the #97.

#18 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT America (J.Michaelian/Basseng/M.Beretta /DePhillippi)

There was very limited running for Muehlner’s second car too, an unrepresentative 2:04.335 the best of their weekend, that set in the final session on Sunday, the car running 8 laps in the session from a total of 12 all weekend!