Orbit Racing scored a double top-ten finish in the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Saturday night, but was thwarted in its attempts to take the fight to pre-race favourites Alex Job Racing.

At mid-race, the #43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS was fifth in the GT class, with and the #42 sister car in eighth. However, the Leo Hindery/Peter Baron/Mike Rockenfeller car was destined to drop out before the end, albeit after covering sufficient distance to be classified.

Rockenfeller started his second double stint at close on the five-hour mark and moved up to fourth place almost immediately. Team-mates Hindery and Baron followed the German into the cockpit but it was while the latter was at the wheel, just after seven hours had been completed, that the gearbox failed and the car was retired to finish tenth after a close early run for the podium.

"That result pretty much sums up our whole season," Baron sighed, "It was so close!

"Everybody did a great job - the crew, Leo did his personal best here, Mike was tremendous his first time. We just got into fourth and ... I'm speechless. Thank God this bad luck season is over."

"Most people will say we lost today, but I thought we won," a more upbeat Hindery insisted, "We were fourth when we broke and we got into the ninth hour. Mike Rockenfeller was as special as we thought he was, Peter, Mike and I all had great, great lap times, and the crew was spectacular. We could have been on the podium, but I still think we won."

Randy Pobst took the wheel of the sister #42 car for the final stint after the father-son Policastro team had lifted it into ninth place. The veteran looked certain to improve, but spun on oil dropped by another GT car on the last lap. Fortunately for the team, he managed to get to the finish line, and the car finished ninth, capping a solid top-ten season established by the Policastros.

"That was a crazy finish!" Pobst admitted, "On the last lap, the BMW blew its engine and I was the first guy into the oil - and in the turn ten brake zone, which is 165mph. I slid off, but was going to make the finish line whatever! Then I got an oil pressure warning, so I shut the car off. The temperature was okay, though, so I turned it back on for a few seconds, let it coast and I limped it in that way."

"That was a great race - it was hard-run and the competition was absolutely superb," Joe Policastro complimented, "The car held together, Randy did a hell of a job bringing us home, and the crew - who can say more about those guys?"

 

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