Orbit/BAM! final qualifying report

final qualifying Orbit Racing, in partnership with BAM! ( British American Motorsport), will start third on the GT grid for this weekend's 24 Heures du Mans. Mike Rockenfeller qualified the No. 87 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with a lap time...

final qualifying

Orbit Racing, in partnership with BAM! ( British American Motorsport), will start third on the GT grid for this weekend's 24 Heures du Mans. Mike Rockenfeller qualified the No. 87 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with a lap time of four minutes 9.079 seconds on the 13.65-km circuit. His first qualifying attempt was hampered by an adjustable spring on the right-front suspension that locked, and by two prototype cars that slowed in front of him. His second run was quicker, but just short of improving his position. Leo Hindery and Marc Lieb will share driving duty with Rockenfeller through the 24-hour race.

"We are third on the grid; obviously, I'm not happy," Rockenfeller said. "It felt like it was a good car for pole. I had traffic in the chicane, [costing] maybe three or four tenths, but I still thought it was a good lap. I don't know why, I have to look at the data and maybe I'll see where I lost the time. The guys did a great job and the car felt good, but I don't know why it was so slow."

Brit power

The Two Wheel All Terrain Society of Great Britain is providing major fan support for Orbit Racing and team partner BAM! at Le Mans. The group created a stir across from the team pit during qualifying, with loud horns, bright yellow shirts and huge banners. In preparation for the race, the group posted a poll on its website (the-twats.com). Despite the best efforts of the rival Freisinger Motorsport fan club, the YES Network Porsche emerged as the GT favorite. The team hopes the poll is accurate ...

tech talk

Les 24 Heures du Mans will be the first 24-hour race for the new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The car features "massive improvements", according to Uwe Brettel, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, including aerodynamic changes, a sequential gearbox, better brakes and a new suspension.

"It has better balance and it's better to drive, more accurate," he said. "We're quite sure the RSR will be very good here. So far, at the other race tracks we've raced this year, we've seen an improvement in lap times. There is no race track in America you can compare to Le Mans, so it's something unique. The cars are designed for all sports-car racing, but if Porsche designs a car, the baseline is also to do Le Mans. If a car is really good for customer sport, it has to be a compromise for all requirements and tracks, but Le Mans is most important for marketing value."

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Leo Hindery , Marc Lieb , Mike Rockenfeller