Le Mans, France -- June 12, 2004 -- Three hours into the 72nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the #81 TRG Porsche was running in 10th position in the GT class, after starting the race 14th in class. Scotland's Ian Donaldson qualified and started the race, and gained six track positions in the first hour of the race. The second hour of the race saw the top two overall cars in the race -- both Audi R8s -- crash hard through a gravel trap and into a tire barrier, causing extensive damage to both cars and bringing out the first caution flag of the race.
After a quick splash-and-go under caution, Donaldson continued to climb the GT ranks of the field, driving a brilliant double-stint to get the race off on the right foot for the TRG team.
Team owner Kevin Buckler, managing the team full-time for the first time in the three years the team has run at Le Mans, was pleased with Ian's stint. "Ian drove an absolutely fantastic double-stint," he said. "It was exactly what he needed to do, gain some track position and set Lars [Nielsen, co-driver] up for a great 2nd shift. The crew's work on a quick pit stop and the strategy was all brilliant -- everything's perfect."
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will run until 10am ET on Sunday, June 13, and is being televised live on Speed Channel in the United States and on Eurosport in Europe.