Halfway through the 55th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Andy Lally pitted the Dyson Racing No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder at 3:59pm to let Andy Wallace back on board for his second shift of the day. At 55sec, the driver swap, refueling and 4-tire change was the 16 crew's quickest of the day.
After taking over from Leitzinger at 1:53pm, Lally was immediately on full alert. "As soon as I left the pits, the gearbox problems that Butch was having continued and it wouldn't downshift very well. We lived through the stint like that and then when we came in (for fuel at 2:57pm) the guys changed a gearbox sensor and it drove like a dream for that last stint."
After a lap however, Wallace returned to the pits with the Porsche stuck in 4th gear. Off came the rear bodywork again - fiddle, fiddle, click, maybe fixed - and back out in a minute and a half.
Lally watched the pit stop. "I never was stuck in a gear. Hope that's fixed now. Anyway, I didn't know we were third overall! Nobody told me anything. Wow. Third overall. That's neat. But now we have some issues."
Issues, indeed. Wallace was back in the pits at 4:21 for six minutes while the engineers replaced the transmission control box. After a lap with the new unit, Wallace reported that all was well.
Fingers crossed. Sebring rolls on.