I went back to the pits while Emil was still in the car. Manuel got us all together and announced that Nick and I would be driving the rest of the race. We were still in third place at the time, but there were some fast cars close behind us so we would need to push hard to stay in contention for a podium.
When Nick got back in he really started to go quickly. He had figured out the car and was doing a great job of driving around the understeer. We held on to third for the next couple hours until our teammates in the #36 TPC Racing Porsche were involved in an accident. They were running second at the time when John Littlechild got hit by a Daytona Prototype while in the NASCAR turn four section of the banking. Unfortunately, the impact caused too much damage for them to continue. As a result, we inherited second position.
Nick and I kept switching off until morning as we pushed hard trying to maintain second. The GT leader was the #71 Farnbacher Porsche, which maintained a three lap lead over us. It became clear well before the end of the race that we had no hope of catching the Farnbacher car. We still weren't handling well and the Farnbacher car seemed to be similar in straight line speed to a Daytona Prototype. In fact, there was a point during the evening when I saw two headlights approaching from behind and I pulled to the bottom of the banking to get out of the way because I thought it was a DP. It was the Farnbacher Porsche.