“The car was running fine, but it was just the straightline speed difference we couldn’t live with. It was like being passed by the LMP2s as by the end of the straights they were 10 or 11K quicker,” Corbett explained.
“Our car wasn’t bad to drive but the pace just wasn’t enough,” Kaiser added.
Kaiser finally finished his double stint to hand to James Dayson, while Corbett handed to Andreas Laskaratos, but both had started to lose ground on their rivals. “I had gained some places as my first stop was the short one, but James went out on the new tyres and got pushed out onto the marbles by an LMP2 and took a few laps to clean them up again.” Kaiser explained.
Dayson ran in seventh but at the end of the penultimate hour there was an 11 second gap to the sixth placed Inter Europol car of Moore/Hippe, with Terrence Woodward taking over to take the car to the chequered flag.
Woodward had to clean up the tyres at the beginning of his stint too, after Dayson was the target for another errant LMP2 on his in lap.
There was a different strategy with the second car, and having started, Winslow was back in for his second stint.
After the final stop Woodward was running a strong ninth until he lost out to the M Racing Norma on the last lap as it breezed by on the straight to be classified 10th, but fifth best of the Ligiers. Winslow continued to push hard, too, but was left settling for 11th.
“The Ligiers that got among the Normas were exceptional, but our team were perfect; the stops were faultless and the car ran well all day,” Corbett concluded.
Report by Peter Scherer