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Grand-Am: Trying times for Ruby Tuesday.

A series of frustrating niggling problems are continuing to prevent Ruby Tuesday from making a significant challenge for the upper echelons of the standings at the halfway point of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

One of the favourites for the race having secured the formidable driver partnership of reigning Grand-Am champion Jorg Bergmeister with Patrick Long and Romain Dumas, an alternator problem before the quarter distance mark gave way to a gearbox issues soon after.

Having been delayed down the order already, the Alex Job Racing crew were then forced to fit a new gearbox, the team slipping from eight laps off the lead to twelve laps, their hopes aided slightly by a caution period coming just as they needed time to fix the car.

"During the yellow [flag], I couldn't get the car in third gear anymore," Bergmeister said. "So, we had to pit to change the gearbox and hopefully it will last."

Long took over from Bergmeister and set about improving on the team's 18th position, taking on a double stint to save some time and duly moving up to 14th, albeit still twelve laps off the lead.

Dumas returned for his second stint in the car just as the race was plunged into red flag conditions after Chris Pallis crashed, an incident that caused Dumas, who had been running directly behind, to move in avoidance and make contact with a rival. The result saw Dumas spin into turn two with some minor body damage.

Nonetheless, Dumas continued on and was up to tenth place by the halfway point, maintaining the pace of the leaders to be 12 laps off the leaders.

"When the car is running, it is running good," Dumas said. "We've picked up a few more spots and now we'll have to wait a see what happens. The car is running much better at night than during the day."


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