SEBRING, Fla.- Orbit Racing persevered through a grueling 50th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to finish sixth in the GT class and 19th overall in a field of 60 cars. Gary Schultheis in the ...
SEBRING, Fla.- Orbit Racing persevered through a grueling 50th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to finish sixth in the GT class and 19th overall in a field of 60 cars.
Gary Schultheis in the #42 Orbit Racing Porsche 911GT3-RS and Mike Borkowski in the #43 Porsche took the green flag Saturday morning in front of a record crowd for the Sebring race.
Joining Schultheis in the #42 car were Tony Kester and Grady Willingham. In the #43 Porsche, Leo Hindery and Peter Baron shared driving duties with Borkowski.
Despite starting 14th and 16th among the GT cars on the grid, both of the Orbit Racing Porsche's made a hard charge through the field, steadily working their way toward the front of the class.
The #43 Orbit Racing Porsche continued to push to the front, running as high as fourth in class at one point. A broken seat caused the team to lose some time due to a lengthy pit stop for repairs, but the car was able to continue and worked its way back up to sixth among the GT entries.
"I think we really had a pretty good run, smooth through most of the day on the track," said Borkowski. "It was one of those days where not only did we not catch any breaks, but we caught about four or five bad breaks. On the track, all in all, it was pretty good. These are tough ones to even finish."
The #42 Orbit Racing Porsche was running flawlessly and benefited from excellent pit stops. But just four and a half hours into the race, the #42 Porsche was bumped by another car, sending Schultheis, who was behind the wheel at the time, off track and into a wall. The #42 car retired after a strong effort by the team.
"The car was running well,"; explained Schultheis. "The Orbit guys did a great job, the Michelin tires did what they were supposed to do. I didn't have a lot of power where I went off. I can't say for sure, but I just know I lost control of the car. It wasn't a big hit but it was enough to end the day."
Orbit Racing is sponsored by the YES Network, CigarCigar.com, Bank von Ernst and Braman Motorcars.