Mid-Ohio: Orbit Racing race report

ORBIT / Paul Miller Racing posted a strong performance in the American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday, but just missed a GTC podium finish. Luke Hines (Essex, England) started the No. 48 Marquis...

ORBIT / Paul Miller Racing posted a strong performance in the American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday, but just missed a GTC podium finish.

Luke Hines (Essex, England) started the No. 48 Marquis Jet / GPR Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car from second on the GTC grid. He took the lead on the first lap and held the point through his 52-minute stint. Miller drove the final double stint of the two-hour 45-minute race, holding the class lead until his right-rear tire appeared to delaminate and he slid off track in the tight Keyhole turn. He pitted for fresh tires and fuel, then set consistently fast laps en route to a fourth-place finish.

Luke Hines: "We had another positive race. I took the lead on the first lap and pulled about an 18-second gap. The guys have worked really hard on pit-stop practice and it's paid off -- we really got a good pit stop and we came out of the pits first. Bryce drove really well, but we had a problem with his tires. We haven't had problems with the Yokohamas at all this year and they've been great, but I definitely felt that set of tires had a problem. The team worked really hard, the crew were great and the pit stops have been brilliant -- I believe everyone stepped up a notch and it's all starting to come together really nicely."

Bryce Miller: "The team did really well this weekend. Luke led from lap one and the crew did a great job at the pit stop to maintain us the lead position. The driver cooling aids the team worked so hard to install by race time really helped, as well. I am more optimistic now for our next races than I have been all season and am really hoping we can deliver a result -- the team deserves it."

-source: orbit racing

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Series ALMS
Drivers Luke Hines , Paul Miller , Bryce Miller
Teams Paul Miller Racing