Under grey skies, Allan Simonsen started the #99 Young Driver AMR in the worlds greatest sportscar race from third and promptly picked off the two leading GT-AM cars to take the top position. A fuel stop did nothing to hurt their chances, as he continued on to the second stint. However, the hand of fate would rear its ugly head.
Allan explains: "In the warm up this morning I felt the engine having a miss, but the weather conditions were so bad that I could really only drive at half throttle without spinning the tyres. So that made it very hard for the team to diagnose the issue, since the problem did not show up on the telemetry.
After I went out for my second stint, the misfire came again, this time it was rather bad, so I pitted and we lost the best part of an hour before we went back out. That ruined the race and then Kristian had the crash under unrectified circumstances.
It is really disappointing because this car has so much potential and is a delight to drive."