The two Panoz machines continue to run strong after an early set-back. Panoz Motor Sports' attack on the Le Mans 24 Hour received an early set-back after the first hour of the race today. The rebuilt ...
The two Panoz machines continue to run strong after an early set-back.
Panoz Motor Sports' attack on the Le Mans 24 Hour received an early set-back after the first hour of the race today.
The rebuilt #11 car of Jan Magnussen, David Brabham and Bryan Herta was forced to pit after 75 minutes with a broken oil line.
The team lost ten laps while repairing the line, cleaning up the lost oil and refilling the oil tank. After David Brabham replacing Magnussen behind the wheel, the Elan Power Products engine then ran faultlessly for a double stint.
Brabham handed over to Le Mans rookie Bryan Herta just on the three hour mark. The car has begun a fightback, rising back up to 35th position after the long stop in the pits.
"It is obviously disappointing, but we have to make sure that is the last of our problems and we spend as little time as possible in the pits," Brabham said.
"The car was quite strong once I got back out and the Michelin tires still looked in good shape after the double stint.
"Once again our crew guys did a great job in getting us back out on track."
The #12 car of Bill Auberlen, David Donohue and Gunnar Jeannette continued to fly the flag for Panoz, rising from 17th on the grid to 14th after four hours.
Bill Auberlen started with a double stint before handing over to David Donohue who did a triple stint - running through three tanks of fuel without swapping tires.
"The car is a little loose in the slow corners, but it is still quite nice to drive," Donohue said.
"We have had a fairly strong run so far, but it will be important to keep pressing on. There is still a very long way to go.
"Running a triple stint was no problem. I got a little tired towards the end, but I still feel pretty fresh. It was great to get lots of laps under my belt."
Gunnar Jeannette climbed aboard the #12 car for his first run, just before the four hour mark.