22 years after Liqui-Moly achieved 1st place in Daytona’s legendary 24-hour race, the German motor oil and additive expert returns to the track. When the starting signal is given this weekend on January 28th in Florida, a Porsche driven by Franz Engstler & the Liqui-Moly race team will once again compete!
50-year old Franz heads the ‘LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler’ in the World Touring Car Championship, which had its most successful season in 2011 winning the team category for private drivers. For Daytona he is trading the cockpit of his BMW for that of a Porsche 997 GT3. The 997 is a racing version of the famous Porsche 911, which is powered by a modified engine that puts out 400hp. Engstler already has quite a few long distance races behind him, but this will be his first Daytona. The other drivers, David Murry, Gunter Schaldach and Joe Safina, are very familiar with the course.
A Liqui-Moly Porsche first started in Daytona in 1980. Achieving a lead of 33 laps after 24 hours, the team of manager Reinhold Joest won the race in Liqui-Moly’s Porsche 935. What in retrospect looked like an easy overall victory on the results list was in fact a lot of hard work and a very memorable victory for Liqui-Moly.
Next week’s 24 hour race will not only be a great opportunity to repeat the victory of 1980, but a good test for Liqui-Moly’s high quality products. Watch the race yourself LIVE on Foxtel’s SPEED (Channel 206) Sun, 29th Jan 2012 06:30am.