Le Mans advantage Orbit Racing took full advantage of eight hours of track time to prepare the No. 87 YES Network Porsche for this year's 24 Heures du Mans. Leo Hindery noted the value of the extended test, held May 4 on the 13.658-km course in...
Le Mans advantage
Orbit Racing took full advantage of eight hours of track time to prepare the No. 87 YES Network Porsche for this year's 24 Heures du Mans. Leo Hindery noted the value of the extended test, held May 4 on the 13.658-km course in Le Mans, France.
"It's one of the things Le Mans does that's so much better for the drivers," he said. "Although we compress the open practice into one day, it's eight hours. It lets the crew and the team and the car begin to work against the 24-hour criteria. We worked out a lot today and progressed through the day, which is what you want to accomplish. If we had interrupted it after two or three hours, we would have lost a lot."
Hindery admitted he is a big fan of Le Mans. "The people in Le Mans are very special," he said. "They make you feel so welcome, from the restaurants to the hotel to the stewards. It's a delight to be back."
Hindery and Peter Baron qualified fifth and finished seventh in the GT class at Le Mans last year. Baron expects an even stronger performance this year, with a well-prepared new Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
"Last year, we took a stock car straight from the factory, painted it and brought it over," he said. "This year, we actually had time to go over the car, do all our special tweaks and get a really good setup on it. The crew did a heck of a job and it paid off. When we come back next time [for the June race], we'll have a new motor in the car. We should be right on pace with the leaders and hopefully contend for the pole."
Marc Lieb, driving at Le Mans for the first time, learned the track quickly and posted the third-fastest GT time of the test day.
"The track was quite easy to learn, I expected a bit harder," he explained. "It's a great track! It's like three tracks - down to the Mulsanne Straight, you look at your time and you have already done one minute 30 [seconds], which is a normal lap time, and you still have to go three-quarters of the rest of the lap. it's just amazing. At Mulsanne, the radio isn't working anymore, you're so far away from the pits!"
The Orbit Racing Porsche carries the colors of a new sponsor - Champion Porsche, the world's largest Porsche dealer. Champion and Orbit are both located in south Florida, providing many opportunities for joint programs. The sponsorship also gives Champion representation in two classes at Le Mans, adding the Orbit GT to its prototype program.