Circuit de la Sarthe
Le Mans Four Hour Update
June 11, 2011 – Circuit de la Sarthe - 19.30h CET – Just past four hours into the 2011 24 Heures du Mans, Patrick Long is in the No. 80 Flying Lizard Porsche, still on his first stint, and is currently seventh in the GTE Pro Class. In the No. 81, Spencer Pumpelly is currently fourth in GTE Am.
It was a clean start for the entire field, with Joerg Bergmeister starting 12th in class in the No. 80 and Darren Law third in the No. 81. An early tire puncture sent Joerg into the pits for an unscheduled stop for new tires. As the drivers began to settle in, a major accident involving the No. 3 Audi resulted in a full course yellow which lasted more than an hour. As the track workers scrambled to repair the wall which was damaged in the accident and clear up the debris which was scattered over a significant distance, the drivers circled the track under yellow.
Just past the two-hour mark, the course went green, with Joerg and Darren still on their first (double) stints. 40 minutes later, Darren handed the wheel over to Seth Neiman for his first stint in the No. 81 – now in P4 in GTE Am. At the three-hour mark, Joerg pitted for driver change to Patrick Long, and then Spencer Pumpelly took over in the No. 81 for his first stint.
With no major incidents so far in the race except the tire puncture, the Lizards are pushing to stay consistent and avoid problems. The weather has held – it’s been fairly pleasant but cool with a light cloudcover. Next planned update: 24.00h