At the eight hour mark of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the #81 Porsche of The Racer's Group sat in 28th place overall, 9th in class. Denmark's Lars Nielsen thought he had a flat, and erring on the side of conservatism, the team decided to pit for an inspection. The inspection revealed nothing more than some debris accumulation on the hot tires, and Nielsen went back out on fresh rubber for his second stint.
Team owner Kevin Buckler said: "Ian and then Lars both did double stints at the outset of the race, which is what it takes to stay out of the pits and on the track here. They're performing spectacularly, and we've seen all three of the drivers really settle in to their second stints and lower their lap times further and further. "
Gregor Fisken assumed the controls of the #81 car in the fifth hour of the race, and held his position for two consecutive stints, despite some contact at the hand of an overtaking prototype. He pitted in the eighth hour of the race for a driver change, a full tank of gas and a new set of Michelin tires, and gave the car over to Ian Donaldson, who in his first twenty minutes of his second stint has overtaken the #89 TVR T400R for 10th position on the GT grid.
Fisken, racing in his first 24 Hours of Le Mans, was happy with his first stint driving the #81 car in anger. "It's wonderful racing here," he said, "and once I got out on the circuit, it became easier and easier to push the car harder. It's been nice and cool this evening, which makes the car breathe easier and, ultimately, go faster."
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.