The Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Porsche started third in class and fought through the streets of downtown Miami throughout the Grand Prix Americas, but was restricted to fourth best in GT after a brush with another car.

Craig Stanton drove the first portion of the two-and-three-quarter hour event before turning driving duties over to team-mate Johnny Mowlem. With mayhem happening all around, the duo escaped with only one on track incident - colliding with a GT class Ferrari - but that ended the team's opportunity for victory.

The #31 911 GT3 RS suffered a flat tyre in the tangle, forcing Mowlem to pit for a new Michelin slick in the final portion of the race. The stop, while performed with the team's usual speed, cost the Road America 500-winning crew two laps and any chance at a podium finish. The fourth-place did continue the team's streak of top-five finishes, dating back to the end of 2002, however.

"At a track like this, the odds are you are going to be involved in something," said team manager Dale White, "The fact that we only had the one incident and were able to load the car on the trailer in one piece is pretty good. Obviously, we are disappointed, because we feel like we had a car with winning potential here, but we'll take the fourth and move on to Petit Le Mans in a few weeks."

Mowlem shared his employer's sentiments, lamenting a missed chance of success in one of the toughest events of the season.

"On a track like this, contact is almost inevitable," the Briton said after stepping from the red-white-and-yellow Porsche, "Unfortunately, our contact cost us a podium. But it still leaves us in the hunt for a top-three points finish for GT privateers at Petit Le Mans."

 

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