ALEX JOB/BAM! PORSCHE LEADS DEFENDING CHAMPIONS PETERSEN/WHITE LIGHTNING PORSCHE AFTER FIVE HOURS IN GT2 AT LEMANS ATLANTA - June 18 - The Florida-based Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR sponsored by BAM! has taken the lead back from the Las...
ALEX JOB/BAM! PORSCHE LEADS DEFENDING CHAMPIONS PETERSEN/WHITE LIGHTNING PORSCHE AFTER FIVE HOURS IN GT2 AT LEMANS
ATLANTA - June 18 - The Florida-based Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR sponsored by BAM! has taken the lead back from the Las Vegas-based Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche in the GT2 class as the French classic heads into the evening hours at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
With Porsche factory drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Marc Lieb joining with American TV executive Leo Hindery, the Alex Job/Bam! Porsche started the race on the pole, but has relinquished the lead several times to the Panoz, one of the European Ferraris, and the Petersen/White Lightning Porsche before taking the lead again just before the five hour mark. They are currently one lap up on the Petersen car, being driven by Jorg Bergmeister and factory drivers Patrick Long and Timo Bernhard. It has not been an easy week for that team as Bergmeister was involved in a qualifying crash which sent the car to the frame shop on Thursday, and a loose back window set them back while Long was at the helm in hour three.
Third is the French Porsche team of Raymond Narrac/Sebastien Dumez/Romain Dumas (Dumas is a regular on Alex Job's American Le Mans Series team), followed by the Luc Alphand Adventures Porsche of Luc Alphand/Jerome Policand/Christopher Campbell. In fifth place is the Ferrari 360 of Andrew Kirkaldi/Nathan Kinch/Anthony Reid, followed by the Sonoma, Calif.-based Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche of Johannes van Overbeek/Lonnie Pechnik/Seth Neiman.
Hot weather (90 degrees F and above) has caused both car overheating and driver discomfort, but the top Porsche teams have not been adversely effected so far.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is being telecast on the Speed Channel, including 17.5 hours of live coverage, and when the TV goes off, fans can tune into Le Mans Radio on the internet (www.lemans.org or www.autosport.com) for commentary and scores.