ATLANTA -- October 18 -- With a record five full-course yellow flags in the first two hours of Petit Le Mans, the #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna mail2web Porsche 911 GT3 RS has emerged with the GT class lead at the completion of three hours of the ten-hour even t.
With both drivers feeling under the weather, the #23 Job Porsche regained the lead from the Kelleners/Lazarro Ferrari at the two-hour mark as Lucas Luhr passed Anthony Lazarro to take the top spot. Starting driver Sascha Maassen lost the lead due to unluc ky position when the pace car came out for another yellow.
In third is the #79 J3 Racing Porsche of David Murry/Justin Jackson/Brian Cunningham, which lead the race for several laps after one of the yellow flags. Both Murry and the #31 White Lightning/Petersen Porsche of Johnny Mowlem/Craig Stanton were fighting for the lead when Kelleners nudged Mowlem at the 120-mph turn #12 and caused him to hit the wall right under the start-finish stand, ending Mowlem's day an d causing one of the yellows.
The Orbit Racing Porsches are having their best team showing of the season, with the #43 Hindery/Baron/Rockenfeller YES Network car running fifth, with Rockenfeller, the 19 year-old Porsche Junior driver doing most of the driving. The #42 Classic Industri es Porsche is running sixth, with Jay and Joe Policastro and Randy Pobst sharing the driving.
The #66 The Racers Group Porsche, started by Kevin Buckler, sideswiped the #61 PK Sport Porsche driven by Vic Rice on the very first lap, causing both cars to have flat tires and lose laps to the leaders. Patrick Long, the other Porsche Junior driver, is now driving the car, which is eighth in GT.
The #24 Alex Job Porsche driven by Timo Bernhard also lost several laps -- and its passenger side door -- when the Olive Garden Ferrari t-boned his Porsche after spinning and trying to re-enter the race. Although the Alex Job Porsche suffered no other damag e, it has been a long way back to GT contention with Jorg Bergmeister now running in fourth place, one lap down. Romain Dumas is the third driver in the car.
The #68 Gleason/Ehret/Bunting The Racer's Group Porsche had to replace broken headers after hitting the tire barrier, while the team #67 Porsche with Zwart/Donner/Nastasi spun and flat-spotted the tires on the front straight early in the third hour.
Petit Le Mans - ALMS GT -- Top six -- Three Hours
1. #23, Sascha Maassen, Germany; Lucas Luhr, Germany; Alex Job Racing McKenna mail2web Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT), 109 laps
2. #35, Ralf Kelleners, Duesseldorf, Germany; Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, GA, Ferrari 360 Modena (GT) -- 109 laps
3. #79, David Murry, Cumming, GA; Justin Jackson, Buford, GA; Brian Cunningham, Danville, KY; J-3 Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT) -- 109 laps
4. #24, Timo Bernhard, Germany; Jorg Bergmeister, Germany; Romain Dumas, Ales, France; Alex Job Racing McKenna mail2web Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT) -- 108 laps
5. #43, Leo Hindery, New York, NY; Peter Baron, Deerfield Beach, FL; Mike Rockenfeller, Neuwied, Germany; Orbit Racing YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT) -- 107 laps
6. #42, Joe Policastro, Latrobe, PA; Jay Policastro, Latrobe, PA; Randy Pobst, Gainsville, GA: Classic Industries Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT) -- 106 laps