Panoz Motor Sports' all-American line-up of Bryan Herta, Bill Auberlen and Gunnar Jeannette suffered a major set-back as the Audi Presents Petit Le Mans passed the half way mark. With Herta at the wheel, the ...
Panoz Motor Sports' all-American line-up of Bryan Herta, Bill Auberlen and Gunnar Jeannette suffered a major set-back as the Audi Presents Petit Le Mans passed the half way mark.
With Herta at the wheel, the #51 car suffered a flat tire after being hit by a lapped LMP675 car at 3.58pm.
As Herta tried to make it back to the pits, the damaged tire broke the rear bodywork and the team was forced to make repairs and subsequently pitted twice more during an extended yellow flag period to get the car back on track.
"Our luck hasn't been on our side today. It was disappointing to have to come back into the pits to fix the bodywork because I was having quite a fun race with Brabs," Auberlen said.
"Our chances of getting the all-American combination on the podium in this race are probably a little remote now but we will keep pushing on to the finish."
The #50 Panoz was in 5th position after six hours with David Donohue the latest driver to climb behind the wheel.
"It was great to get a few clean laps under my belt early in my stint before I started getting into the traffic," Donohue said.
"After what happened the other day, you really have to applaud this crew. The car has been unlucky to have three major incidents this year, but these guys keep turning it around and presenting a really good race car.
"The traffic out there can be really tough. After the crash on Thursday, I only got a few laps in before the race and judging the closing speeds can be really tricky. It nearly caught me out a couple of times."
Audi drivers Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen held the race lead after six hours with their sister car of Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela badly delayed after a crash with the LMP675 of Andy Wallace.