Alex Job Racing/BAM! with Mike Rockenfeller, Leo Hindery and Marc Lieb won the GT2 class after a race long battle with the White Lightning Racing team of Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Timo Bernhard. ...
Alex Job Racing/BAM! with Mike Rockenfeller, Leo Hindery and Marc Lieb won the GT2 class after a race long battle with the White Lightning Racing team of Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Timo Bernhard.
The #71 Alex Job Racing/BAM! Porsche GT3-RSR started on pole position but slipped down to second position during the evening behind the White Lightning Racing Porsche GT3-RSR. The pair exchanged the lead during pitstops but then the Alex Job Racing/BAM! car overtook the White Lightning Racing car on the track at around 9pm and held on to the lead until the very end of the race. Both teams pushed extremely hard and regularly set or nearly equalled their own fastest laps, with Alex Job Racing/BAM! pushing the harder out of the two teams as White Lightening tried to save their gearbox and their car.
"The kids - Rockenfeller and Lieb - did the majority of the driving in the hottest weather I have ever experienced," said team owner Alex Job, whose entry won the race in conjunction with Petersen in 2003. "Their performance is a testimony to Porsche's physical and mental training program for these two factory drivers, and the drivers' will to win despite pain and fatigue," said Job.
White Lightning Racing driver Patrick Long talked about the race: "There were no unscheduled pit stops and that says a lot about the preparation after unfortunate incidents in qualifying. I can't say enough about our guys. Jorg and Timo were a class act as we expected. I didn't know what it would be like post-Thursday night. There were some mixed emotions when we had some problems in the first stint. But, once everything calmed down and we worked the bugs out, by my first stint the car felt fine. We gave it hell but came out second. The top-three teams not having any problems is pretty amazing. It was a pure sprint race all 24 hours. It was the toughest race of my life."
The #80 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche GT3-RSR of Johannes van Overbeek, Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman qualified in second place but suffered a large succession of pitstops which dropped the car down to ninth place by early evening. The team put in a series of quick laps and improved to fifth for the evening, fourth overnight and then passing the Parmond Narac car to take third.
"We thought it was an accomplishment just to get here and get organized, and we hoped that we could finish the race," said team principal Seth Neiman, whose team or drivers had never been to Le Mans. "To finish on the podium was beyond our expectations; the car ran well for the entire event. I was very proud of van Overbeek and Pechnik, who matched the Porsche factory drivers with competitive lap times throughout the race."
The #76 Raymond Narac car Porsche GT3-RSR of Romain Dumas, Sebastien Dumez and Raymond Narac began the race in fourth and spent the entire race hovering between third and fifth places. Raymond Narac picked up a stop-go penalty early in the morning but apart from that the team suffered no dramas.