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Moville man in pole position at top US race 21.01.14

DONEGAL racing ace Damien Faulkner is in pole position to take top honours this weekend at the inaugural race in America’s all-new IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.
Champion Porsche driver Damien Faulkner from Moville will compete for GB Autosports along with team-mates Patrick Huisman and Bob Faieta.
The new US championship was formed from the amalgamation of the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series. The first race – the Rolex 24 Hours – will be held this Saturday at Daytona Beach, Florida.
Faulkner will be the only Irish driver to compete this year in all eleven races of the new series – the leading motor sports championship for the US and Canada.
He will be behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT America, a new racecar built by Porsche Motorsport exclusively for this year’s new series.
“The competition is unbelievable with the number of cars and the level of strong teams,” says Faulkner, whose family run a car dealership in his hometown.
“It’s going to be a monster challenge for everyone but we are all really looking forward to it."
The race circuit is just over 3˝ miles long and competing cars will make about 23 pit-stops over the 24-hour duration, using an estimated 96 tyres each.
“24-hour races are the hardest to predict. It’s not just the role of the drivers which is crucial but the whole team - every re-fuelling and tyre change is crucial," added the Donegal man.
Champion Porsche driver Damien Faulkner from Co Donegal, who will compete this weekend in the Rolex 24-Hour - the inaugural race in America’s all-new IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.
Faulkner is a two-time Porsche Carrera GB Champion (2005-2006), two-time Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Vice-Champion (2007-2008) and the winner of his first American Le Mans race at the 2011 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Damien Faulkner in action in his Porsche No 81.
The race can be seen on Motors TV UK (Channel 447 on Sky Ireland) from 7pm on January 25 overnight, and on to midday on Sunday.
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