podium! Orbit Racing finished third in the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway, the team's second-consecutive podium finish on the 2.459-mile road course. Marc Lieb started the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS ...
Orbit Racing finished third in the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway, the team's second-consecutive podium finish on the 2.459-mile road course.
Marc Lieb started the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS third on the GT grid. He pitted during the first caution period, 25 minutes after the race start, and handed off to Peter Baron. The team lost a lap because of its position on track relative to the safety car and a slow fuel fill cost them a class position. Baron lost another position when he was hit by another GT car just past the one-hour mark of the two-hour 45-minute race. Lieb drove the final hour of the race, moving from sixth in class to third.
It was the team's second podium finish in Le Mans racing this year, following a second-place GT finish in the 24 Heures du Mans in June.
"Mosport's been very good to us. We had a great run here last year and Marc did an absolutely incredible job in the car today. He kept it right up there with the leaders; he was running the race pace with them. I got in and had bad luck with when the pace car came out and we lost a lap. Marc got most of it back and put great pressure on the Maassen [second-place] car. A big thank-you to Leo Hindery and the YES Network for making it possible for us to be here - Leo is very much a part of this result."
"It was a good race. It's a shame that we lost second position in the pit lane - something was wrong with the fueling machine and we lost 20 seconds. But I'm happy, we had really good runs. The second run I was just qualifying out there, I was pushing so hard. Every lap was absolutely on the limit. It's a great result for the team, and thanks to the guys who did an awesome job all weekend. It's not our last podium - it's the first of many."
Rodger Hawley, team owner
"It's a tremendous feeling. I have to thank the entire Orbit Racing team - we have a real team effort here, from the guy who moves the tires to the guy who builds the engines and the guy who puts the decals on the car. Of course, we have two phenomenal drivers who allow us to perform on track the way we did today. I also have to give huge appreciation to Leo Hindery. We got our first podium here with Leo and Peter last year and we were able to do it again today. We've been fortunate this year - we've had some knocks, but we've had some real gifts. Today's one of the best days I've had in a long time, since Le Mans. We're all thrilled to get through this safely and in third place."