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24 hours in Daytona

It might have been the closest finish in the 47-year history of the 24 Hours of Daytona but Canadians in the race were nowhere near it.

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It might have been the closest finish in the 47-year history of the 24 Hours of Daytona but Canadians in the race were nowhere near it.

While David Donohue, driving a Daytona Prototype Riley-Porsche, edged Juan Pablo Montoya in a Riley-Lexus by a scant 0.167 seconds, the nearest Canadian competitor was David Lacey of Toronto, back in 15th place overall in a Porsche GT3 and seventh in the GT class.

Next came Mike Forest of Edmonton, in 21st place overall and 11th in GT in a Pontiac GXP.

Indy car veteran Ross Bentley of Vancouver finished 30th overall and 19th in GT in a Porsche GT3. Keith Carter, Glenn Nixon and Steve Paquette, also of Vancouver, co-drove the car.

The AIM Autosport DP Riley Ford finished 38th overall and 14th in class. Mark Wilkins, David Empringham and John Farano, all of Toronto, were aboard.

Jean-Francois Dumoulin of Trois-Rivieres, Que., finished 39th in a Riley-BMW and 15th in Daytona Prototypes.

And Michael Valiante of Vancouver drove a Riley-Ford to 47th place and 19th in class in a Prototype Riley-Ford.

Norris McDonald

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