Saturday 12 June
Orbit Racing, in partnership with BAM! ( British American Motorsport), had a strong start to the 24 Heures du Mans, but encountered trouble in the third hour of the 24-hour race. The team dropped to seventh in the GT class, but moved back up to fourth by the sixth hour, just six seconds from third place.
Marc Lieb started the No. 87 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR second on the GT grid, moving up one position when the second-place Ferrari pitted before the start of the race. He held second through his 1h03 stint. Mike Rockenfeller drove next and maintained the position until he handed off to Leo Hindery, Jr. at 1h56. Hindery turned his quickest laps of the week, but slid off track at the Ford Chicane at the end of his stint. Lieb took over at 2h49, sixth in class. He had to pit twice for repairs and lost another position. Rockenfeller started a double stint at 5h09 and moved up to fourth in class.
Leo Hindery, Jr.
"I was coming into the second-last turn and an awful lot of gravel had been kicked up. I got over a little too far and came off. Once you get in the gravel here, it's like dancing on ice. This gravel is one of the things about Le Mans you have to get used to and I just got a little too far into it and slid.
"We're six hours into this thing and everybody - the fans, the drivers, ourselves included - act like it's two hours to go. We have the whole night to go and all day tomorrow, so we're feeling pretty good. We'll keep our fingers crossed; it's a long time to go."
"The first stint was very good; everything was perfect. The second stint, we didn't expect the car to come in, so we lost a lot of time. Then the car was really difficult to drive because something happened in the crash and the car was completely unbalanced. I was pushing very hard and locking up the right rear too much, so I came in early to get new tires. In the end, the balance started coming back because the rear tires were better."