early out A powerful run in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring came to an abrupt halt when an engine problem took the No. 43 YES Network Porsche out of the race. The Orbit Racing car qualified second in the GT class, but was forced to start at the...
A powerful run in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring came to an abrupt halt when an engine problem took the No. 43 YES Network Porsche out of the race. The Orbit Racing car qualified second in the GT class, but was forced to start at the back of the grid because of a ride-height issue discovered in post-qualifying technical inspection.
Marc Lieb drove the first stint and moved from last to fourth in class in less than 30 minutes. He pitted after 45 minutes because of a left-front tire puncture, and Peter Baron took the wheel. Just past the one-hour mark of the 12-hour race, Baron stopped on course with an engine problem and the car retired from the race. Leo Hindery, did not drive.
The second Orbit Racing car, the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche, remains in the race.
Tim Munday , technical director
"Marc developed a tire issue about three-quarters of the way through his run, probably due to the pace he was setting. So we swapped out, changed to Peter and then the engine developed some kind of a problem, which stopped us on track. When you're stopped on track here, unless you can drive the car back, you can't fix it. That was the end of the day."
"We're obviously disappointed, but I'd rather fall out of the race for a mechanical knowing we had a car that could win, than to fall out knowing we had a car that couldn't win. We put it number two on the grid, fell back to the rear of the grid because of a ride-height issue, yet Marc moved us back into fourth in class. It was clear to all of us that we could have won this race. That was the best car the three of us have had the privilege of running. Tim deserves all the credit for that."
"Unfortunately, a tragic end to a great week. On Monday and Wednesday we were fastest, and we were never slower than fourth in any session. We were running strong, Marc had us from last on the grid up to fourth in about 25 minutes and he was closing on the top three. It was a phenomenal drive by Marc. Nothing but superlatives about his effort, and the same goes for the crew for giving us a car that could do it. We should have a good foundation for the rest of the season."
"At the beginning, I was miles away from the others, but I caught up quite easily and it was really fun. The car was running perfectly. I had some troub le with the front left tire, probably a puncture, so I had to come in a bit earlier. But I got up to fourth, so it was a good run. The problem with the engine was really disappointing - the car was running so good, everything was just perfect."