ANOTHER STRONG SHOWING. QUALIFIED THIRD IN CLASS. LED MOST LAPS OF GTD CLASS.
Almost a week ago since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and still very fresh the performance of The Pfaff Motorsports team throughout the weekend.
Looking at the time sheets, they improved their pace constantly through the free practices and confirmed it in qualifying with Zach Robichon scoring a third place result for the team. A small hiccup in the wet conditions of the morning warm-up as the car hit some standing water which sent it into the barrier causing front end damage. The team made the necessary repairs to the car and with less than a minute to spare, made it to the grid before it was closed.
Zach Robichon drove superbly on his first stint in wet conditions and even pointed the car in 13th overall. Scott Hargrove and Lars Kern (Germany) continued the great team work. An unfortunate malfunction of the ABS kind of ruined the plans, as Lars Kern was at the wheel. “Unfortunately, not even halfway into my second double stint, we got an ABS warning, which meant no ABS or traction control,” he said. “Not having traction control was okay, but without ABS it was very tough, so I gave it my best and lost some positions but no laps.”
At the following pit stop, when Scott Hargrove jumped in the car, the crew took the time to replace the parts. When the car got back on track, they were two laps behind the leader. “Once we got back out, we still had great pace, but at that point, it was all about bringing the car home.” Hargrove mentioned.
“It was a great race until it wasn’t,” Robichon added. “But the performance of the car throughout the weekend is a testament to this team – from Daytona to here. Everybody did a great job – Lars and Scott drove fantastically, and we all led the race, but in the end it was something as simple as a sensor that cost us a shot at a victory. It’s unfortunate because we didn’t get the result I think we deserved – but at the same time I think we put a lot of people on notice that not only does the car look good, it’s pretty fast too.”
The Castrol Pfaff Motorsports Porsche led 100 laps, the most of the GTD class. They ended the race in tenth place and again shown they are there to win it. Let’s remember, they had to rebuild the car entirely after damaged to the tub during the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Hoping the crew as had a couple of off days before preparing for the next event at Mid-Ohio on May 3-5.
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