Pierre Kaffer was on starting duties and pushed hard working his way to 9th until the first of the mechanical pains hit. An oil seal had failed throwing fluid all over the clutch. It gave up the ghost with Portobelli at the helm and would take over an hour to rectify.
Once back on track all seemed to be going well.
It's a very long race these 24 hour events so you never give up no matter how big the setback seems. Allan only had to think back to his 2008 Le Mans 24 Hour prototype drive with KSM and how the team rallied together after Hekidi Noda totalled the car in qualifying. One would have thought it was absolutely all over!
Suddenly a drive shaft breaks, but this would be a quick replacement.
A total of 72 laps had been lost over the event in the pits! None the less they still finished 15th (GT) 73 laps down.
Simonsen had put in a solid drive, setting the fastest lap of the team in the early hours of the morning, when the air was coolest. He's done for stints during the race – 3 doubles and a triple! That's says something for fitness.
Had mechanical woes not hampered the car, the team was on track for a podium finish, once again.
"It was a great chance again to drive with Farnbacher Loles so a special thanks must go to Gabrio Rosa for the wonderful chance.
"Also my team mates and Horst who always has a smile on his face, Francis for the help and the mega mechanics who just kept on sorting things out. I'm looking forward to having another go next year to grab that watch, but for now I'm still wearing my Maurice Lacroix which is equally as nice."