Texan part of ru­uner-up team

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Kevin Lyt­tle klyt­tle@states­man.com Con­tact Kevin Lyt­tle at 512445-3615.

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.

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