Half af PK Sport Squad Ends Sebring Early SEBRING, Fla. -- March 20, 2004 -- The No. 60 PK Sport Porsche of Peter Boss, Robin Liddell and Hugh Plumb encountered gearbox problems and had to retire the Porsche racing machine early from the ...
Half af PK Sport Squad Ends Sebring Early
SEBRING, Fla. -- March 20, 2004 -- The No. 60 PK Sport Porsche of Peter Boss, Robin Liddell and Hugh Plumb encountered gearbox problems and had to retire the Porsche racing machine early from the grueling Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The race was an American Le Mans Series debut for Boss and the first time for him and Plumb driving with PK Sport.
The No. 60 Pirelli-tired racing machine faced some challenges throughout the race. The crew met each challenge head on, but came up short of a finish. The first mishap occurred approximately five hours into the race when the gear shift lever failed, causing the car to pit for approximately three laps. The team lost two positions in class during the pit stop. Quick and consistent lap times coupled with excellent pit stop strategy allowed the trio to move back up to seventh in GT class. Four laps into Boss's second stint in the Porsche, he shifted going into turn 10 and shifted into a series of neutrals. He was able to make it back to the team pit where the car officially retired from the race.
"I'd be lying if I were to say I'm not disappointed. It was a good run while it lasted. I drove a double stint and my drink system wasn't working, so it was a little tough out there. I'm happy with how the car performed up until the gearbox incident and I definitely like those Pirellis. I'm getting used to how they feel and it's good. Peter and Robin both did a great job and we worked well as a team. I'm looking forward to a season with PK Sport," Plumb said of his first drive with the team.
"I would have liked to have finished, it would have been a good boost for us at the beginning of the season. I was just getting into my stint and I had just passed our sister car and a Racer's Group car and really feeling good. It's really a shame, but that's racing. The team performed well and the Pirellis were great - very consistent. I'm extremely disappointed for myself and the rest of the team, but we have the rest of the season. I'm already looking ahead to Mid-Ohio. I guess now we can relax and have a drink and watch the race like real spectators," Boss commented.
The next American race for PK Sport is the second round of the American Le Mans Series on June 25-27 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.