Fisken still in the hunt despite transmission trouble Gregor Fisken remains in the GT1 class battle at the Le Mans 24 Hours after eight hours, despite transmission problems delaying the 006 car in the pits for a lengthy period. Fisken, Patrick...
Fisken still in the hunt despite transmission trouble
Gregor Fisken remains in the GT1 class battle at the Le Mans 24 Hours after eight hours, despite transmission problems delaying the 006 car in the pits for a lengthy period.
Fisken, Patrick Bornhauser and Roland Berville enjoyed a solid run in the opening third of the race, staying ahead of the privateer GT1 cars and moving up the field due to problems for a couple of the Corvettes. However the transmission problem saw them drop to the back of the GT1 class, although hard work by the Larbre Competition team has kept the Aston Martin DBR9 in the race.
For Fisken, who finally managed to get on track in dry conditions after the turbulent weather of the past few days, thoroughly enjoyed his first stint.
"I was incredibly blessed that the sun came out when I started my stint and suddenly Le Mans looked lovely again!" Fisken said. "However I was very conscious that people had been making a lot of mistakes and several cars had been off in the gravel so I just kept it nice and tidy.
"Each stint contains a lot of laps and subsequently contains a lot of opportunities to make mistakes. Towards the end of my double-stint, as my arms began to ache and my drinks bottle was emptying, I began talking to myself and told myself to concentrate and keep everything together. That helped me and the rhythm just came back. At one stage, as I caught and passed a couple of GT2 cars, I remember saying 'I love my Aston Martin' and things were going very well indeed."
Unfortunately after consistent performances from all three drivers, Bornhauser's second stint was punctuated by the problems.
"It's a shame that we had the transmission problem," admitted Fisken "But the crucial thing is that we are back out there and still in the race. We need to keep doing what we are doing through the night and then maybe we can push a bit more tomorrow."