For Ni Amorim, Freisinger Porsche 911GT3-RS ...
For Ni Amorim, Freisinger Porsche 911GT3-RS # 57, the Sebring 12hr. did not have the happy ending that was expected from from all at Friesinger Motorsports.
After the morning warm up, a small leak from a cooling container was detected while the car was undergoing the last minute checks. Although quickly repaired, the car could not be brought to the starting grid on time, so the car # 57 crew had to start from the pit lane.
Romain Dumas took the start, and effortlessly started to climb up the order, being posted at 12th in class and 26th overall at the 35min. mark, and running regurlarly at a 02.09-02.10 pace in order to preserve the car. The plan was to attack after 4 or 5pm when the cooler temperatures make the track a little faster. Alas, Dumas brought the car into the pit lane with the rear end on fire, and that was the end of the run for the # 57 car.
"It is a shame because it was shaping up to be a good race for us" said Ni Amorim. "We could run with the Alex Job cars and try to put some pressure on them, and as things turned out, at worst we could have finished 2nd in class. We don't know what caused the failure in the car, but we remain optimist. The FIA GT championship is around the corner and we hope for a strong run there, before we came back to the USA for the Petit Le Mans. I want to thank my sponsors, Creditus, Replica, Team4, Beta Tools, Carglass, Parfois, Jornal de Noticias, AutoHoje e Motorarte for their continuous support."