Flying Lizard 2nd and 4th at Four Hour Mark of Petit Le Mans October 6, 2007, 3:15 pm ET--Braselton, GA.--Four hours into the 1000 mile Petit Le Mans, Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche, with driver Marc Lieb at the wheel, is second in GT2, just...
Flying Lizard 2nd and 4th at Four Hour Mark of Petit Le Mans
October 6, 2007, 3:15 pm ET--Braselton, GA.--Four hours into the 1000 mile Petit Le Mans, Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche, with driver Marc Lieb at the wheel, is second in GT2, just behind the leader, the No. 18 Rahal Porsche. The No. 62 Ferrari, which has led much of the race, has just pitted for its fifth pit stop to repair non-functioning brake lights. The No. 44 Porsche, with Lonnie Pechnik driving, is in fourth place.
After a clean race start, things were looking good for green flag racing as all 30 cars made it through the first lap without major incident. The first problem occurred just 30 minutes into the approximately 10 hour race as the No. 3 Corvette impacted a tire wall causing signifcant damage to the car. The nearly 30 minute caution set the tone for the race with incident after incident collecting cars across every class -- six yellows in just four hours.
Johannes van Overbeek started the race in the No. 45 third on the grid, and Seth Neiman in the No. 44 seventh on the grid. At the end of the first yellow, the No. 45 was in fourth and the No. 44 in eleventh position with the No. 31 Petersen White Lightning Ferrari in the lead.
Over the next three hours, the cars in the GT2 field jockeyed for position through the cautions, traffic, and multiple pit stops. Both the No. 31 Ferrari and the No. 62 Ferrari were involved in separate incidents -- the No. 31 lost many laps for repairs in pit row after colliding on course wih the No. 53 Panoz (and later retired the race). The No 62 weathered its collision with a prototype to retain the lead. Currently, the No. 18 Rahal Porsche is in the lead, with the No. 62 in for its fifth pit stop. The No. 45 is in second position, and the No. 44 is in fourth. Lieb and Pechnik are nearing the end of their first stints, and will shortly turn the wheel over to the starting drivers -- Joerg Bergmeister in the No. 45 Porsche and Seth Neiman in the No. 44 Porsche, and then on to Johannes van Overbeek and Darren Law. Both the No. 45 and the No. 44 will pit shortly for driver change, tires and fuel.