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Rolex 24 After Four Hours

By Chris Jasurek
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 26, 2013 Last Updated: January 26, 2013
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Allan McNish in the #2 Starworks Riley-Ford led the Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona after four hours. (Chris Jasurek/The Epoch Times)

Allan McNish in the #2 Starworks Riley-Ford led the Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona after four hours. (Chris Jasurek/The Epoch Times)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—After four hours of racing, 2012 runner-up Allan McNish in the #2 Starworks Racing Riley Ford held the lead of the 51st Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona, a second ahead of NASCAR star Jamie McMurray in the #02 Telmex-Ganassi Riley BMW. Juan Pablo Montoya in the #01 car, which had led most of the race, was a further thirty seconds back

At the four-hour mark, Allessandro Pier Guidi in the #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari led the GT class, 15th overall, taking over from the 2012-winning Magnus Racing Porsche which had just pitted. Nicolas Armindo got into the Magnus Porsche and rejoined in second, 2.8 seconds behind Guidi and eleven seconds ahead of third-placed Edoardo Mortara in the Alex Job Racing Audi Sport R8 Grand Am.

In GX and 40th overall, Nelson Canache in the #16 Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman led Eric Foss in the # 38 BGB Motorsports Cayman GX.R. Third in class and three laps back was James Clay in the Bullet Racing Cayman.

Five-Hour Update

The fifth hour of the Rolex 24 at Daytona saw more than an hour’s worth of drama.

Ryan Hunter Reay in the #10 Velocity Coyote-Corvette took the race lead after a reshuffling due to a caution period, but he was hotly pursued by the pair of Telmex-Ganassi cars.

On lap 149, at 8:20 p.m. Jamie McMurray caught RHR and overtook him, but had to surrender the position: McMurray drove over some pit equipment during the yellow-flag pit stop and was given a 30-second stop-and-hold. McMurray rejoined in eighth.

McMurray gave the lead back after a lap, but Juan Pablo Montoya stepped up two laps later to seize the lead for Telmex-Ganassi again, stretching the lead to two seconds..

Burt Friselle and Nelson Piquet Jr. in the #9 and #5 Action Express Coyote-Corvettes held third and fourth, twelve seconds back.

Allan McNish brought the #2 Starworks Riley-Ford for what looked like a shock absorber  adjustment, and came out flying, catching the Action Express cars. Shortly after the five-hour mark, he got past Piquet to take fourth, and began hunting Frisselle.

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