Allmendinger hands MSR Daytona 24 win

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Monday 30th January, 2012 - 7:40am

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The #60 MSR Riley-Ford in Victory Lane

The #60 MSR Riley-Ford in Victory Lane

Grand-Am stalwart Michael Shank Racing has taken a one-three finish in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

The race was won by MSR’s #60 Riley-Ford entry of AJ Allmendinger/Ozz Negri/John Pew/Justin Wilson, with Allmendinger completing an impressive triple-stint to close the race.

The #8 Starworks Riley-Ford of Ryan Daziel/Lucas Luhr/Allan McNish/Alex Popow/Enzo Potolicchio crossed the line just 5.198s adrift of the winner in second place.

The Starworks car had proven the pace-setter for much of the race, but an off from Luhr in the 17th hour caused damage to the rear of the car that would cost crucial performance.

MSR’s older-generation car crewed by Michael McDowell, Felipe Nasr, Jorge Goncalvez and Gustavo Yacaman was third at the chequered flag, taking advantage of dramas for the five new Corvette entries in the race, and late gearbox issues for Ganassi Racing’s #01 lead entry.

Ganassi, the pre-race favourites and defending winners, had to settle for fourth with its #02 Riley-BMW, which had also suffered a gearbox problem earlier in the race.

It was a short 24 Hours of Daytona for Australian Ryan Briscoe, who had been scheduled to drive the SunTrust Racing Corvette that retired with engine problems after just 14 laps.

It was a Porsche one-two-three in the GT Class as the #44 Magnus Racing entry of Andy Lally/Richard Lietz/John Potter/Rene Rast beat home the #67 TRG and #59 Brumos entries.

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