Sports car pilot Stefan Mucke fifth of LMP1 at Le Mans - gear box damage and one hour delay because of repairs at the pit on Sunday morning - second best position at fourth start Berlin/Le Mans (rol/ot) On track fort he fourth time, the fourth...
Sports car pilot Stefan Mucke fifth of LMP1 at Le Mans - gear box damage and one hour delay because of repairs at the pit on Sunday morning - second best position at fourth start
Berlin/Le Mans (rol/ot) On track fort he fourth time, the fourth time between the top ten positions and the second best placement achieved: German sports car pilot Stefan Mucke has been on position five of LMP1 at the 24 hour race of Le Mans on Saturday and Sunday (12th / 13th of June) and overall rankings on position six. Very big happiness of the Berlin, after the finish line on Sunday afternoon of the 78th run of the biggest, most famous and hardest car racing event of the world in front of more than 238.000 visitors, about his second best placement after being on position four last year. Winners of the race have been the two German drivers Timo Bernhard and Mike Rockenfeller together with the French Romain Dumas in the Diesel works car Audi R15 TDI ahead to the two sister cars of the same brand.
Stefan Mucke didn't get through the whole distance without any problems on this traditional track north western of France. "We had to deal with a gear box damage on Sunday morning. Because of the necessary repairs due to that we had a delay of one hour in the garage. The team did a great job fixing the car", told the 28 year old, that was sharing the cockpit of the closed LMP1 sports car prototype Lola Aston Martin #007 with his works driver colleagues Adrian Fernandez (Mexico) and Harold Primat (Switzerland). "And after all that I had a tyre damage at my last stint 35 minutes before the end of the race, which fortunately didn't take too much time. In the end we have been the second best Petrol car at the finish line with our Aston Martin in the LMP1 category. A great success", told the Berlin, that has been greeted with big jubilations of his team at the finish line.
Stefan Mucke, first adoption in 2007 at Le Mans and until now the only Berlin driver, started the race on Saturday from position eight. Until Sunday morning the Aston Martin works driver and his team colleagues drove without any problems through the night up to the problems with the gear box. Before that, Mucke raced the car meantime up front on position five. After the involuntary timeout in the garage Mucke & Co. have been on position 14 before they worked their way up front again and Stefan Mucke finally finished the race being on position six. After three years in a row at last this time everything looked good for him to drive the fastest lap time of the petrol cars again for a big period of the race. He missed the fastest petrol car lap time about hundredths of a second because of having no new tyres left.
Last year Stefan Mucke celebrated his so far biggest success on the about 13.6 km long track. He has been on a sensational position four in the best Petrol car and therewith best German driver in the peloton of 55 cars. The Berlin already caused furor in 2007 being the best Rookie with LMP1 ranking five (altogether rankings on position eight) and in 2008 being altogether on position nine after a great catch up race.