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GRAND-AM: WeatherTech Racing Audi R8 Third after 12 Hours in Rolex 24

[source: Alex Job Racing]

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The WeatherTech Racing Audi R8 has remained at the front of the GT field and currently runs in third place at the 12 hour mark of the 51st GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The foursome of Edoardo Mortara (Italy), Oliver Jarvis (England) and American Dion von Moltke (Coral Gables, Flor.) are keeping the WeatherTech Audi R8 at the sharp end of the GT standings.

Von Moltke (Coral Gables, Fla.) took his first stint at 9:30 p.m. He managed to lead several laps, before surrendering the point to the WeatherTech Porsche.

“I was in front of Damien in the 23 car,” von Moltke said. “He was able to get a tow and went by me. Then I just stuck to his back bumper. At this point in the race, it makes no sense to attack. I was conserving fuel, tires and the car. I put in good lap times. I was keeping it clean. The Audi R8 is handling great. We are double stinting tires. Our car seems to really like the night time. Let’s see where we are at in the morning.”

Albuquerque took the wheel from von Moltke and quickly raced back into the lead.

“The Audi R8 is much better at night than it was in the afternoon,” Albuquerque said. “The car is much more stable and it is easy to push. I was really having fun out there tonight. I was a little upset, Rene (Rast) had new tires at the end and I couldn’t keep pace. But in the end we are still fast. After the safety car I had some clear track and it was fun to run without traffic for a few laps here at Daytona.”

Jarvis has already put in close to four DTM weekends behind the wheel of the WeatherTech R8.

“I absolutely love sports car racing in America,” Jarvis said. “I must admit my last stint was a difficult one. I had a drive-thru penalty and a spin. We are still in it, on the lead lap and the car is strong. We still have a long way to go.”

SPEED Channel will carry live coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on TV and the Internet. Live TV coverage is from 3 to 11 p.m. Jan. 26. During the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 26/27, fans can watch the race on the Internet Live TV coverage resumes at 9 a.m. through the race finish Jan. 27.

The GRAND-AM GT category suits the Audi R8 GRAND-AM. The R8 features a 90º V10 engine longitudinally mounted with a displacement of 5.204 liter / 317.6 cu. in. Framing the R8 are carbon fiber and aluminum body panels with an aluminum space frame. Suspension consists of front and rear double wishbones, coil springs over hydraulic dampers with anti-roll bars. Steering is rack-and-pinion, power assisted. Stopping the R8 are ventilated steel brake discs. The gearbox is a six-speed sequential driving the rear wheels. The R8 weighs in at 1250 kilo / 2775.8 lbs.

Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 67 wins (since 1995), including a 1999 Rolex 24 GT Class win. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won four championships (GTC 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts eight Sebring 12-hour wins.

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