The 24-hour race at Daytona, Richard Lietz preview
The 2012 season begins!
Austrian Erich prevails in deep winter, but for Porsche works driver Richard Lietz already starts next weekend, the racing 2012 season. He denies the previous year, the 24-hour race at Daytona in the team of Magnus Racing. His teammate Andy Lally (USA), John Potter (USA) and Rene Rast (D). Dangers, as in the Grand-Am Series usual, with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Magnus Racing was founded in 2006 and is in addition to the absolute professionalism and the fun of working in the foreground. It is now the third time that Magnus Racing is in traditional long-distance race on the Atlantic coast of Florida. However, for the first time the team will send two cars into the race. On the homepage of Magnus Racing is reported that the three-day test in early January has gone very smoothly and satisfactorily.
Penalty held in the green design of the Magnus team is one of many GT cars, which will be at the start. 8 manufacturers fight for victory in this class. Just over half of the GT field will go with sports cars from Weissach in the race. The teammate of Richard Lietz alongside team boss John Potter are consistently experienced and successful GT-pilot. Andy Lally won the 2011 Daytona pole position and won the GT class. The German Rene Rast is two-time winner and current title holders in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup.
Also, the fiftieth edition of the legendary 24-hour race can come up with a prominent starter list: Juan Pablo Montoya, Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni will find former Formula 1 drivers like Patrick Dempsey from “Grey’s Anatomy” or the AC / DC Lead singer Brian Johnson. Again and again one finds in Daytona rapid Celebrities at the start, for example, can look back with Patrick Dempsey on experience already in the 24-hour race at Le Mans. A total of 59 participants, including 14 Daytona Prototypes and 45 GT cars will start the race.
“I am delighted to get going again and I am sure that we at Magnus Racing again have an excellent package that allows us to be up front,” said Richard Lietz. “This year there will be a huge GT-box, in which seven of my works driver colleagues will be at the start. This fact documented how scarce fail, the decision is. With Andy Lally, Rene Rast and John Potter, I’ve experienced teammates and with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is an extremely reliable vehicle. It will be important to finish the race without any incidents and collisions, then we can certainly be there up front and maybe continue the winning streak by Porsche at Daytona. ”
The race at Daytona on Saturday, 28.1. Clock starts at 21.30 CET.