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24 Heures du Mans
Le Mans
June 18-19, 2005

Porsche Race Notes:

Preview
German Porsche factory driver Mike Rockenfeller capture the GT2 pole last night in the Florida-based Alex Job Racing Porsche sponsored by BAM!, giving a lift to his co-drivers German Marc Lieb and American Leo Hindery.  Second on the grid will be the Sonoma, Calif.-based Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche, with Johannes van Overbeek/Seth Neiman/Lonnie Pechnik - all from Northern California - at the helm, just ahead of the Panoz Esperante factory car of Bill Auberlen/Scott Maxwell Robin Liddell.

Rockenfeller's pole on Yokohama tires provided a scenario in GT2 not seen at Le Mans in some time, where three different tire companies (Flying Lizards on Michelin and Panoz on Pirelli) have the top three positions.

Hour 5
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.

Hour 13
ATLANTA - June 19 - As the 24 Hours of Le Mans passes the halfway mark, the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR sponsored by BAM! continues to lead the Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche in the GT2 class by one lap.

With Mike Rockenfeller and Marc Lieb handling the majority of the driving chores since they are significantly faster than the third driver, Leo Hindery, the Alex Job/BAM! entry has had very few problems so far, keeping ahead of the Petersen/White Lightning Porsche piloted by Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Long/Timo Bernhard.

Hour 19
ATLANTA - June 19 - With temperatures in France reaching the mid-90's F by late morning already, the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR sponsored by BAM! (Rockenfeller/Lieb/Hindery) has maintained its one-lap lead over the Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche (Bernhard/Bergmeister/Long) in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Final
The Florida-based Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR sponsored by BAM!, with Mike Rockenfeller/Marc Lieb/Leo Hindery at the helm, took the GT2 class lead early in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and fought off the charge of the defending champion Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche of Timo Bernhard/Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Long to score a two-minute win in the 73rd running of the French classic.

"The kids - Rockenfeller and Lieb - did the majority of the driving in the hottest weather I have ever experienced," said team owner Alex Job, whose entry won the race in conjunction with Petersen in 2003.

"Their performance is a testimony to Porsche's physical and mental training program for these two factory drivers, and the drivers' will to win despite pain and fatigue," said Job.

And for Leo Hindery, the American cable TV executive whose dream it was to win Le Mans in his final appearance there, it was kudos to everyone else.

"I've never been associated with such dedicated young men as Mike Rockenfeller and Marc Lieb. Despite the fact my lap times were much slower than theirs, they supported me and cheered me on, and then worked extra hard to bring the win home to this team," said Hindery, who shaved a full 14 seconds off his previous fast lap times for the 2005 event.

 


 

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