Rookie experience pays off at 24 Hours Of Le Mans.
LE MANS, France– June 16, 2002– Rookie experiences can pay off and The Racer’s Group has proven this to be true. The team took the GT class win at the 70th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. The Racer’s Group finished 16th overall, leading with a little less than a minute over the next closest car. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS was piloted by team owner and driver Kevin Buckler of Sonoma, Calif. and German duo Lucas Luhr and Timo Bernhard.
The Racer’s Group battled with the second place team, Freisinger Motorsport, for the first 16 of the 24 hours of the world famous endurance race. The Freisinger Porsche needed a front brake disk and rotor change in the 17th hour, which gave The Racer’s Group the lead for the first time since the first hour of the race and they held that lead through the final lap.
"This win is unbelievable, it’s such an honor. I am absolutely beside myself. The team performed like all-stars, Lucas and Timo were amazing and the Porsche ran trouble free for the entire 24 hours. The Michelins were flawless, in fact, we double stinted on them for half the race. The only timing issues we experienced was Lucas getting stuck in the pit for six minutes due to a pace car on track. We changed out brake pads, and other than that, nothing out of the ordinary occurred during our pit stops. I really enjoyed my third and fourth stints. I’m ready to come back next year and try again," Buckler said of his class win.
This has been an incredible year so far for The Racer’s Group. The season commenced with a class win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the team leads in points in the Grand American Road Racing Series and also competes in the American Le Mans Series. The team’s travel calendar will get hectic after this incredible week at Le Mans. The grueling schedule will begin this week when Buckler and the team will travel to Watkins Glen to compete at the Six Hours at the Glen; they then will go to Mid-Ohio the following weekend for an American Le Mans Series race; then journey to Daytona for a Grand American race and finally to Road America for the last stop on the team’s five back-to-back race schedule.
The Racer’s Group is a manufacturer and distributor of high performance Porsche parts, an engine and chassis building and tuning facility, a full service Porsche prep facility and a professional race team. Additionally, they provide electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and "arrive and drive" services. They are also the North American distributor of the UNICHIP, a fully programmable piggyback computer system that enhances the performance of streetcars and currently support approximately 130 dealers in the U.S. The Racer’s Group is based at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, California.
The Racer’s Group is excited to welcome its primary sponsors Rennlist.com, ThaList.com, Adobe Road Winery, Mail2web.com, Monster Cable, the Natalie Streather fund and Suncoast Porsche to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
To learn more about The Racer’s Group, visit rennlist.com/racing/ or theracersgroup.com.