Orbit/BAM! Wednesday qualifying report

Orbit Racing, in partnership with BAM! (British American Motorsport), is third on the provisional GT starting grid for Les 24 Heures du Mans. Marc Lieb posted the team's fastest lap, covering the 13.65-km circuit in four minutes 11.436 seconds....

Orbit Racing, in partnership with BAM! (British American Motorsport), is third on the provisional GT starting grid for Les 24 Heures du Mans. Marc Lieb posted the team's fastest lap, covering the 13.65-km circuit in four minutes 11.436 seconds. Leo Hindery and Mike Rockenfeller also drove the No. 87 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR during the opening session Wednesday night.

"It was very slow," Lieb said of his lap. "The car felt okay, but the conditions out there are just terrible. I've never had such a bad lap here at Le Mans! There were yellow flags and so much dirt I came off on my flying lap. Just before Tertre Rouge, I slid into the grass with half of the car because there were stones everywhere. "

fans first

Les 24 Heures du Mans is Leo Hindery's favorite race, but he said the track action is secondary to the hundreds of thousands of fans who make the annual trip to France.

"The best things about the 24 Hours of Le Mans - more even than the long race history, the unrivaled tradition and the one-of-a-kind incredible venue - are the fans and the town of Le Mans," he said. "Nothing can ever compare with the week-long encounters with the citizens of Le Mans, culminating in the deeply moving parade through this remarkable town, where over the last three years I have formed many true and lasting friendships. I will never forget Le Mans and its generous and gracious citizens."

water Baron

Peter Baron was part of Orbit Racing's second-place GT team in 2003, driving with Leo Hindery and Marc Lieb. He is enjoying team ownership this year, but he misses driving. To ease the withdrawal, he bought a 22-foot sailboat that he and BAM!'s crew chief, Matt Bishop, will race. Their goal is to enter the world championships in The Netherlands just before the 2005 24 Heures du Mans.

"Like [auto] racing, it's part machinery, but it's a whole lot of brain power to make it sail well," Baron said. "There's a whole skill and art to the science of sailing. Essentially, the sail is treated like a [race-car] wing and how you tune and use it is directly correlated to your success. It's as close as I can get to [auto] racing without actually racing. Another fun thing is to get my kids involved. It's something they can start and enjoy now."

and air ...

Baron will lead the charge after Thursday practice at Le Mans, renewing his tradition of catapulting thousands of t-shirts into the grandstands using a giant slingshot.

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