Drop Out for Pierre Ehret after Pole Position in Le Mans Series
After a strong performance fetching the pole position in the Gt2 class, Pierre Ehret did not see the checkered flag during the final round of the Le Mans Series at Interlagos. Due to a gearbox casing that tore, team Farnbacher had to retire from the endurance race after about five hours.
Free practice sessions on the 4.309 kilometres long track named "Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace" were promising for Ehret. With ranks 1 and 3 during the first two sessions the trio Pierre Ehret, Dirk Werner und Lars-Erik Nielsen proved its speed. So one was able to try a few things in the third session, where one reached nineth best time.
In qualifying Dirk Werner was very quick in the "Flamingo Resort Hotel"-Porsche 997 GT3 RS and took the pole position with a time of 1:33.017 min. for the 1.000 miles race (1.609 km).
Lars-Erik Nielsen drove the first stint of the race. But already after 30 minutes the first technical problem occurred. "Lars reported that the cutter did not work any longer", Ehret explains. "Normally you do not lift the gas when shifting into the next higher gear. In order for the gears to engage one was forced to lift of the gas completely, later one had to use the clutch as well"
"This afforded high concentration and demanded a lot of time."You never knew the upshift succeded or not. It was really exhausting!"
Half of the race was nearly over, when the team had to retire. It was the fifth hour of racing and after shifting down a big crack could be heard and the car lost oil. One was able to drive the car into the pits, but here the mechanics removed the gearbox and realized a cracked grearbox.. Porsche now has to analyze this problem since all gears had been installed new before the race!
"Of course it is a pity that we dropped out like that", explained Ehret later on. "We had good chances for podium this time. That would have been a nice season ending. I like the race track of Interlagos. It is demanding but awesome. I would like to start here again."