Road Atlanta II: Orbit Racing race report

top-10 twice Orbit Racing scored a double top-10 finish in the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. At mid-race, the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS was fifth in the GT class and the No. 42 was eighth. Mike Rockenfeller started his...

top-10 twice

Orbit Racing scored a double top-10 finish in the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. At mid-race, the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS was fifth in the GT class and the No. 42 was eighth. Mike Rockenfeller started his second double stint at 4h45 and moved up to fourth. Leo Hindery followed and dropped back a position in heavy traffic. Peter Baron started his third stint at 7h15 and had just re-taken fourth place at 8h30 when the gearbox failed. The car was retired and the trio finished 10th after a close run for the podium.

Joe Policastro started his second stint just past 6h, followed by Jay Policastro at 7h20. Both held ninth place. Randy Pobst took the wheel at 8h30 for the final hour. He spun in oil left by another GT car on the last lap and encountered an oil warning, but managed to get to the finish line. The car finished ninth, capping a solid top-10 season.

Peter Baron

"That result pretty much sums up our whole season. It was so close! Everybody did a great job - the crew, Leo did his personal best here, Mike was tremendous his first time. We just got into fourth and ... I'm speechless. Thank God this bad-luck season is over."

Leo Hindery

"Most people will say we lost today; I thought we won. We were fourth when we broke and we got into the ninth hour. Mike Rockenfeller was as special as we thought he was. Peter, Mike and I all had great, great [lap] times, the crew was spectacular. We could have been on the podium, but I still think we won."

Mike Rockenfeller

"It's really disappointing. It was, until this moment, quite a successful race. We were in position four and I think it was maybe possible to end up in P3. I think we can all be happy about the qualifying and the race until then. It was a great chance that Orbit gave me and an important step in my career. I'm looking forward to the next races in America!"

Randy Pobst

"That was a crazy finish! On the last lap, the BMW blew its engine and I was the first guy into the oil, in the turn 10 brake zone which is 165 miles an hour. I slid off but I was going to make the finish line! Then I got an oil-pressure warning, so I shut it off. The temperature was okay so I turned it on for a few seconds, let it coast and I limped it in that way."

Jay Policastro

"The Orbit guys really did a great job keeping everything consistent. At the end, we were really just battling the track, typical of these long races - there's a lot of rubber, oil and debris everywhere. But everybody did an outstanding job. Special thanks to Porsche for advising us to make a late engine change - it really saved us today."

Joe Policastro

"That was a great race. It was a hard-run race, the competition was absolutely superb. it was the best of the best out there. The car held together, Randy did a hell of a job bringing us home, and the crew - who can say more about those guys? We were top-10 most of the season and finished all the races. Doing it with my son, it's extra-special."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Randy Pobst , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Mike Rockenfeller , Jay Policastro