SONOMA, Calif.- In their first race at Sears Point, Orbit Racing took 5th and 6th in the GT class at the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Both of the Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3RS cars completed 76 laps during the 2-hour and 45-minute race, including a challenging first hour that was run in the rain.
The #43 car of Leo Hindery and Peter Baron finished 5th in the GT class and 17th overall. Hindery, who started the race, had to deal with the rain. "The first hour was breathtaking because of the water," explained Hindery. "I think when we all started, we'd have been thrilled just to literally get through it. It was that bad and it was that scary. And then it dried out and Peter ran a magnificent second half."
"We're just delighted to be 5th here," added Baron."We're just happy, we've never been here before and with the class field we had here, to finish fifth."
In the #42 car, Gary Schultheis and Tony Kester shared the driving. The pair finished 6th in class and 18th overall.
Schultheis started the race, allowing Kester to take the checkered flag.
"Gary did a great job," said Kester. "He's never run much in the rain and he was out there. It was really wet with rivers going across the track. He turned the car over to me in great shape. About halfway through my stint we started having some kind of engine problem. Sometimes I had no gas, sometimes I had full throttle, sometimes I had half throttle. I felt like I could catch Peter in the 43 car in the end, but I couldn't quite do it."
The next event for Orbit Racing will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 15-16. More information about Orbit Racing can be found on the team's website, www.OrbitRacing.com.