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NOT since 1968 have cars from one team finished first and second in the Daytona 24-Hours, and it's hardly necessary to mention that the team of yesteryear was Porsche. The opening round of the IMSA championship on February 3/4 resulted in a crushing 1-2 victory for the Castro! Jaguar XJR team, again relying on the 6-litre V12 engines to go round the clock. Winners in 1988, narrowly beaten into second place last year, the Tom Walkinshaw directed Jaguar team seems to have gained an ascendancy at Daytona, and started the long series with a useful bag of 28 points.
There were three Nissans in the race but their engines were good for 12 hours, not 24, and the various Porsche teams that looked strong in qualifying proved unusually fragile. Oscar Larrauri and Derek Bell were extraordinarily lucky to walk away after crashing their Porsches at 200 mph, the result in both cases of the left-rear tyres exploding in the banking.