Texan part of ruuner-up team
The first 24-hour endurance race at Circuit of the Americas proved a decisive victory for Porsche over Mercedes.
The Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R team turned 609 laps and 2,071 miles over two days to win the 24 Hours of COTA by two laps in the season-ending race for the 24K Series. This was the European-based series’ first event in the United States.
Germany’s Alfred Renauer guided the Porsche across the finish line Sunday, part- nering with twin brother Robert Renauer, Daniel Alle- mann (Switzerland) and Ralf Bohn (Germany).
Ben Keating, a Texas A&M alum who operates 17 car deal- erships in the state, was part of the second-place team, the No. 3 Black Falcon MercedesAMG GT3. His co-drivers were Jeroen Bleekemolen (Nether- lands), Abdulaziz Al Faisal (Saudi Arabia) and Luca Stolz (Germany).
Over the last several hours, the Black Falcon was the fastest car on the track but faced an insurmountable gap to the Herberth machine.
The Ma n they Racing Porsche 991 GT3R, with Steve Smith, Randy Walls, Hari Proczyk and Dennis Olsen, finished third.
Herberth Motorsport won the inaugural Champions of the Continents award, even though its nearest rival — the PROsport Performance Porsche — won the 991 class. The Freem USA Porsche 991 Cup car took the runner-up spot in that class.