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Doran latest to hit engine problems

Doran Racing has become the latest Ford-powered team to quit the Rolex 24 at Daytona after the #77 McDonalds entry ran into engine problems.

The same issue had already forced Krohn Racing, Michael Shank Racing and AIM Autosport to head for home, but the Ford Dallara continued to run into Sunday morning before it too succumbed to a similar problem and was taken behind the wall and retired from the race.

"It's been a crazy race, full of twists," Matteo Bobbi – on driving duties with Memo Gidley, Brad Jaeger and Fabrizio Gollin – said. "We have been in fourth position for around six hours and for a few laps we have been on the lead.

"The breakage of an element of the suspension made us lose ten laps to fix the problem and we were pushed back to the thirteenth position. We did not give up and we recovered up to the seventh position but unfortunately the engine forced us into retirement.

"We lacked on reliability but we were competitive: without the suspension problem, engine allowing, we would have probably fought for the podium."


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