almost ... Orbit Racing will start fourth on the GT grid for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race in Trois-RiviÃ¨res. Marc Lieb qualified the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS in one minute 5.269 seconds on the 1.52-mile street circuit. ...
Orbit Racing will start fourth on the GT grid for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race in Trois-Rivières. Marc Lieb qualified the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS in one minute 5.269 seconds on the 1.52-mile street circuit. He was in third position and pressing for second when he touched the wall in the final turn, forcing him to watch the final few minutes of the session from pit lane. The contact broke the right-front suspension on the car, and track workers broke the rear wing trying to move it.
"I'm a bit disappointed in qualifying," Lieb said. "I feel sorry for the guys because we lost one position, but I'm very optimistic for the race. The car was good to drive to third position and there's definitely more in the car, so we'll try to find it for tomorrow."
Lieb's co-driver, Peter Baron, noted the importance of staying out of trouble on a street circuit. "It's not as big a deal to make a mistake or spin in practice because we have time to repair the car," he said. "But if you make a mistake, spin and hit the wall tomorrow, the race could be over. That's the big difference with street courses. [The race] will be a tough mix of trying to run as fast as you can and avoiding incidents or potential incidents."
Leo Hindery isn't behind the wheel this weekend, but he isn't far away. The New York driver flew to Trois-Rivières early Saturday to lend support to his co-drivers Baron and Lieb.
"It's fun to be here but it's nerve-wracking - it's frankly a lot easier to have your hands on the wheel," he said. "But I have to get used to watching Peter and Marc because we promised Marc some rides after Le Mans and I drew the short stick! But it's great to have Marc back in the States. He did a terrific job qualifying fourth and could have been third or even second. I'm really optimistic about tomorrow - Peter and Marc will do well here."
Orbit Racing scored its first overall podium finish on Wednesday, in the cross-continental transporter dash from Sonoma, Calif., to Trois-Rivières, Que. Mike Davis and David Fryer drove the Orbit rig 3250 miles in 48 hours. They stopped five times en route - twice at required ports of entry; once for a meal, shower and fuel; once for a meal and fuel; and once for fuel only. They did not change tires or adjust the 77,000-pound load, which was perfectly balanced, as required by law. The Orbit crew arrived just behind the JML Team Panoz transporter to secure the class win and second overall.