Team Orbit makes steady Le Mans debut

Team Orbit makes steady Le Mans debut

Team Orbit's first ever race at Le Mans has developed into a respectable showing. Equipped with a Porsche 911 GT3 and piloted by a trio of drivers that have never competed on this famed 13km track, the team has nevertheless come here to ...

Team Orbit's first ever race at Le Mans has developed into a respectable showing. Equipped with a Porsche 911 GT3 and piloted by a trio of drivers that have never competed on this famed 13km track, the team has nevertheless come here to race.

Second lap action.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
Qualifying fifth in LM GT class, the team has maintained this position through the 10-hour mark.

The team strategy, according to team manager Ray Sorenson, has been to maximize fuel economy and double stint the tires, a process whereby the tires are changed every second pit stop.

While perhaps not a unique strategy, it does put a premium on car set-up and drivers capable of extracting every bit of performance from of the tires with the hope of gaining track position due to shorter and fewer pit stops.

Shortly after midnight, Sorenson reported no problems with the car whatsoever, and while there was a long way to go he feels it will be key to make it through the night "clean and see what daybreak holds."

And as dawn approaches, Orbit is still holding down that fifth place, running like clockwork.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Eric Gilbert