Petersen/White Lightning hour 16 report

LE MANS, France, June 13, 2004 -- In what has become a stunning Porsche battle for the LM GT title at the 24 Heures Du Mans, Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing currently sits in third, two laps out of the lead. The early domination of...

LE MANS, France, June 13, 2004 -- In what has become a stunning Porsche battle for the LM GT title at the 24 Heures Du Mans, Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing currently sits in third, two laps out of the lead. The early domination of the No. 90 Westward Ho Casino/ MMPIE/ PAWS/ mail2web.com/ Michelin 911 GT3 RSR came to an end when Bergmeister suffered a broken transmission shifter cable in the tenth hour. The repairs set the team back two laps and out of the lead. A second repair job for the throttle cable cost the team additional laps. Drivers Sascha Maassen (Raeren, Belgium), Jorg Bergmeister (Langenfield, Germany) and Patrick Long (Oak Park, Calif.) are fighting to reclaim the top-spot that was un-attestable to others in the early going of the 72nd Annual 24 Heures Du Mans. Maassen earned the all-time GT class race lap when he turned a four minute, 6.306 second lap while putting together a string of sub 4.7 minute laps of the 8.6-mile circuit.

Maassen's double-stint was turned-over to Bergmeister who continues to take chunks out of the lead of the team's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR competitors. Long will take the seat of the Porsche following Bergmeister's double stint.

vital signs

position: class- P3 overall- 17 no. of stops: 14

fuel: Stops for fuel continue to set the pit stop sequence for the Petersen/ White Lightning Porsche team. The Porsche is getting excellent mileage even as it sets new track records but the long-Mulsanne Straight (even with its chicanes) requires more frequent stops of approximately 15 laps.

Michelins: The Michelin Pilot tires have "double-stinted" without problem since the fall of darkness late last night. With the sun now shining, the team and Michelin Tire engineers are in conversation as to whether to change tires with each stop or run through two consecutive pit stops on the same rubber.

brake-away: The brake pads on the No. 90 had one, mid-race scheduled change. That change of all four pads came during the stop necessitated by the repair of the transmission cable. A third set of pads came during the change of the throttle linkage. While the part of the team was working inside the cockpit to repair the linkage, two technicians worked to change the front pads.

stints: Maassen (starting driver) -- five double stint: one

Bergmeister -- three double stint: one

Long -- three double stint: one

For more, please visit www.petersenmotorsports.com.

-pm- dhc/tom-

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Sascha Maassen , Patrick Long