good start! Orbit Racing had a strong start to the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans. Randy Pobst started the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS last on the grid, 17th in the GT class, and moved steadily through the field to first in class...
Orbit Racing had a strong start to the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans.
Randy Pobst started the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS last on the grid, 17th in the GT class, and moved steadily through the field to first in class after 70 minutes. He dropped back to second before handing over to Jay Policastro, who drove the second stint, followed by Joe Policastro. Pobst started his second stint at 3h45, eighth in class.
Peter Baron started the No. 43 YES Network Porsche third in GT but slipped back to sixth as he struggled with a vibration in the car. Mike Rockenfeller drove a double-stint from 1h to 3h, moving up one position, and Leo Hindery took the third shift. Baron returned just before the four-hour mark and held fifth.
"Last to first! It just shows that Orbit put together a really good Porsche. The Michelin tires were as good as anything out there. I took it carefully at first; I was with some drivers who weren't very experienced. I had to work my way through there, but we got a couple of lucky yellows that closed the gap and I was running with the leaders. We're on our plan, just run clean. I'm very pleased to see that the 42 car is almost as fast as any [GT] car out there."
"My first stint in the race was quite a long one. It was a bit unlucky at the beginning - another car spun in front of me and to avoid the crash I went full on the brakes and had one or two flat spots on the tires. It's quite long in the car, but with the cooling suit we have, it's quite relaxed to drive. There's a lot of traffic and we have some vibration on the brakes, but the rest of the setup is good. We're position five so anything is possible."
Orbit Racing is sporting different tire combinations on its two Porsches. Michelin engineer Robbie Holley explained: "We stagger compounds to help the corner that's not working as much. If you get a lot of right-front wear, you go up to a harder compound to try to make the tire last longer. It also makes the left front get a little more grip with a softer tire and it balances the front of the car. On the 42 car, we're running three compounds - a soft on the right front, medium on the left front and right rear, and a hard compound on the left rear. On the 43 car, we're running medium on the left side and soft on the right, but we're fixing to change the left front to a soft compound to try to correct an understeer."