Thursday Qualifying. Allan took to the track and turned 8th fastest in GT2, on the race tyre, rather than a qualifying special, that most team deployed. One team, AF Corse, would not make any further proceedings in the event, having destroyed one of their two Ferrari's after a massive accident at the entry to the Porsche curves. But there were still 17 GT2's left!
Friday is rest day. Well that depends how you look at it. The Parade du Pilote is held through the old town and its quite a task for the drivers, waving and signing the myriad of autograph cards, that have become hallmark of the famus race. Hankook had provided an array of gifts to hand out - yo yo's, gift bags and driver hero cards. One extra special moment that occured was the assembly of all the Ferrari drivers, at the request of Ferrari, perhaps marking the final time that the highly successful 430 would appear at Le Mans.
But not so. The ACO had announced new rules for 2011. GT1 was gone and GT2 would be split into a Pro category (GT-Pro) and and amateur grouping (GT-AM). The AM pairing would use cars a year or older, thus ensuring a mix of the 430 and the new incoming 458, that the Pro's would use.
On race morning, Allan made his regular pilgrimage to the Danish camps for a very friendly 'meet andf greet'. Tens of thousands of Danes flocked to Le Mans and this year Leh and Dominik accompanied Allan, being hailed as honarary Danish citizens, for the race.
Race Time. Dominik was the nominated start driver and moved quickly up to 6th. Allan would then climb aboard for a double stint with the Hankook tyre, for the first time. Such was the improvement of the rubber. Leh followed. Then Dominik. All was going like clockwork.
Looking at the drive times, Allan was in from 4pm-6pm, 10.30pm to 12.30am (Sunday), 3.30pm to 5pm, 9.30 to 11.30pm and finally 1.30 to 2.30pm.
Only one issue for Allan occured - finishing his very early morning dwan stint, a prototype made an unnescessary lunge at Mulsanne corner. With Allan committed, he used all his skill to avoid contact, but flat spotted a tyre in the save process, forcing a slightly early pitstop.
Leh had a moment at Arnage – a very common problem for drivers being the slowest corner on the track. He was quickly pushed back, losing a minute for the error.
Dominik had a small spin during the night, also losing a minute.
Leh took the car across the line, lining up perfectly behind the three Audi R15+ to maximise media exposure.
And there was Allan, back on the podium, one step higher that his debut in 2007 with Autorlando Sport.
There were little time for celebrations though, with Allan jumping into his road car with his girlfriend and younger brother, Benny, for a 24 hour drive back to Denmark. How's that for dedication!!!
Back home their was a media frenzy, and TV2 focussed on the great race like never before.
Hankook had risen to the occasion and for the first time double stinting was possible.
Many thanks must go to everyone at Team Farnbacher Hankook – from all the engineers and to Horst, for his unwaivering belief in my ability and allowing us to continue our Nürburgring pairing once again for a well deserved podium.