At the 24 Hours of Daytona Norbert Siedler fought for the victory for the first 16 hours. After a hectic opening phase the Austrian and his team-mates Matthew McMurry, Patrick Lindsey and Jörg Bergmeister made it back to the top-three during the night. About eight hours before the end a problem with the drive-train vanished all chances for a great result.

Superior pole-position in qualifying

Already in qualifying Norbert Siedler had shown that the black and red Porsche 911 of Park Place Motorsports was able to fight for the win. Under rainy conditions the Austrian claimed the GTD-class pole-position with an impressive advantage of more than half a second. “My lap was really good and the rainy conditions helped us,” the 32-year-old analyzed. “In the race it will stay dry, nevertheless we believe we have good chances to win.”

When the lights turned green in the early afternoon, things did not go according to plan for the international quartet at first: “There were many yellow flags in the opening hour, we suffered from a bit of bad luck with the pit-stop-timing. Among some of the other top-teams we lost around 15 positions and more than a lap.” As nearly all of the 22 GTD-cars were driven by pro-drivers in the beginning, Siedler had to fight hard for every position.

Strong performance during the night

At dusk the time of Siedler, Bergmeister, Lindsey and McMurry came: With continuous and fast lap times the Porsche-drivers won position after position. After the first half of the race Siedler and his team-mates were constantly among the best three cars again. “As there was a little offset between our pit-stop-windows, exact positions changed frequently. It was extremely close and an exciting final of the race was in front of us.”

Technical issue dashes all hopes

But around eight hours before the end of the race, a huge setback came: Due to problems with the drive-train, Patrick Lindsey had to go back to the pitlane with walking pace. “Therefore all our hopes were suddenly gone,” Norbert Siedler was angry. “We had a fast car in all sessions and also chances for the victory. My team-mates gave all they could as well, but in a 24-hour-race a technical problem can end your dreams suddenly. We can be proud of our performance. I am confident to the future!”