IMSA Performance hour 8 notes

IMSA Performance Matmut running in the top 3 after first third of the race Eight hours into the race, Team IMSA Performance Matmut remains in the top three of the GT2 category. The ...

IMSA Performance Matmut running in the top 3 after first third of the race Eight hours into the race, Team IMSA Performance Matmut remains in the top three of the GT2 category. The #76 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR currently holds third place in the class, two laps behind the leader. The driver line-up of Pilet-Long-Narac led the classification after four hours, but conceded some time during a pit stop to fix a mechanical issue. Meanwhile, problems have hit the sister #70 car, with Horst Felbermayr Jr having stopped out on track. Although the car is stranded a long way away from the pits, the team's early diagnosis is a transmission problem.

Franck Rava:

"We had a little concern at the beginning of the evening when a ring got detached from the restrictor and created a problem with the tightness of the airbox. It is a shame as this cost us two laps and all the benefit we reaped from our strong early race strategy was wasted. We have only completed the first third of the race though so there is no need to panic. We have a very good rhythm and the car remains comfortable to drive. Our two Patricks (Long and Pilet) will probably do triple stints in the early hours of the morning if necessary, but we will decide this later. It seems like our second car has a serious issue with its transmission. There are only two Porsches left in the GT2 class at the moment and ours is the best placed of them. That means we have some responsibility on our shoulders."

Patrick Long:

"I drove a good first double stint on the same set of tyres this afternoon. Previously only the Ferraris had been able to do that, but now, thanks to the excellent work of Michelin and Porsche, we are capable of doing so as well. Tonight, all went well and I am very happy. However, I am extremely annoyed at the aggressive behaviour of the LMP1 and LMP2 cars. They are taking unbelievable risks and it's the first time I have seen this kind of thing happening at Le Mans! Hopefully we'll have a good night with no worries, but now I'm going to sleep before waking up later to drive a triple stint."

-credit: imsa

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Patrick Long
Teams IMSA Performance Matmut