Leo's laps Orbit Racing, in partnership with BAM! (British American Motorsport), returns to France for the team's third-consecutive 24 Heures du Mans. Last year, Leo Hindery of New York, Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla. and Marc Lieb of ...
Orbit Racing, in partnership with BAM! (British American Motorsport), returns to France for the team's third-consecutive 24 Heures du Mans. Last year, Leo Hindery of New York, Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla. and Marc Lieb of Leipzig, Germany combined for a strong second-place GT finish. Hindery and Lieb will be joined by Mike Rockenfeller of Neuwied, Germany for the 2004 race, driving the new No. 87 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
Hindery offered this counsel to Rockenfeller, who is a rookie at Le Mans:
"I have only two pieces of advice for the exceptional Mike Rockenfeller, and they have nothing to do with racing since his gifts and talents there will always far exceed mine. First, enjoy this race as being one of the greatest experiences of your life. And second, revel in and with the fans, who are the best and the most informed anywhere in racing."
The Le Mans circuit offers 13.65 kilometers of high-speed adventure. Marc Lieb said his favorite part of the course is the most challenging - the Porsche Curves.
"It's probably one of the last challenging corners in Europe," he noted. "I think the slowest point in these Porsche corners is around 195 kilometers per hour and the rest is over 200. There are five really, really quick corners right after each other and it's just so much fun to set up the car and to go through these corners. It's very fluid, not hard-braking, you're always a little bit on the power and you can feel the car sliding, moving at high speed. It's a point on the track where you can gain a lot of time and lose a lot of time."
fit for France
Marc Lieb and Mike Rockenfeller will get an extra assist during the Le Mans race week. As Porsche factory drivers, they have the support of a doctor and a physiotherapist at the track to provide everything they need for peak performance. The drivers attended a special fitness camp in late May for a final tune-up.
"We talked about what we have to eat, how we should start on Sunday, three days before the first practice," Rockenfeller reported. "We talked about any [physical] problems that we have, and the doctors took blood tests and all the usual things. That's how Porsche works, and it's really good that we have such great support. They take really good care of us."
The YES Network Porsche is scheduled for scrutineering at 4:40 pm CEST (10:40 am EDT) on Monday, June 7. Qualifying sessions are set for 7 pm to midnight CEST (1 to 6 pm EDT) on Wednesday and Thursday, June 9 and 10. The 24-hour race will start at 4 pm CEST (10 am EDT) on Saturday, June 12.