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12 Hours of Sebring

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After 12 hours of intense racing, the winners of the 61st Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring were greeted by fireworks as they crossed the finish line at Sebring International Raceway.  America’s oldest circuit is also one of the world’s most challenging, in part owing to the flat and featureless landscape.  Long straightaways, tight corners and switchbacks contribute to driver fatigue making concentration paramount to staying on the bumpy track which itself generates tremendous stress on the suspension and produces a skittering effect under braking.   A handful of laps on this track requires skill and talent, 12 hours of racing on it demands superior endurance from both driver and machine.

After trading first and second throughout the race with their teammates in the #2 car, the #1 Joest Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, that had started from pole position, took the P1 win by a mere 7.68 seconds.  Winning driver Benoit Treluyer (Alecon, FRA) shared the car with Marcel Fassler (Gross, SUI) and Oliver Jarvis (Burwell, GBR).  The #2 car, driven by Lucas di Grassi (MON), Tom Kristensen (DEN) and Allan McNish (GBR) finished second.  Taking third, five laps behind the leader, was the #12 Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 driven by Nicolas Prost (Fechy, FRA), Nick Heidfeld (Monchengladbach, GER) and Neel Jani (Jens, SUI).

“For me, a fantastic week and a fantastic couple of months,” said Jarvis with a nod to his GT win in January at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the #24 Audi R8.  “It’s been a fantastic start to the year for me.  I could never have dreamed of this. To win at Daytona was unexpected, but to come here and win again is a dream come true.  It was a privilege to be invited to race here.  When I got the call I put the phone down and started jumping.  I’ve had two races in America and two wins.  I hope to come back in the future.”

Fassler, who had earned the pole during qualifying, noted that winning the pole was a great thing, but that it was just one lap compared to a 12 hour race.  “The Race is always quite tough,” said Fassler.  “To leave Sebring as a winner is a great feeling.  Sebring is well known in Europe and to win a big race is good for a driver.”

Treluyer, who brought it home tonight, gave credit to his co-drivers.  “Marcel did a really great job on the pole position and Oliver did a great job through the night…he pulled away, and I just had to keep the gap.”

In the P2 class the victory was also claimed by the pole starting car.  The #551 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03B, driven by Scott Tucker (Leawood, Kan.), Marino Franchitti (Edinburgh, GBR) and pole winner Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, AUS), finished ahead of their teammates in the  #552 car driven by Tucker, Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, FRA).  Third in class was the #41 Greaves Motorsport Zylek Z11SN with the driving team of Tom Kimber-Smith (Reading, GBR), Christian Zugel (Holmdel, N.J.) and Eric Lux (Williamsville, N.Y.).

With Tucker driving stints in both the #551 and #552 cars, he takes home not only two trophies, but also a Rolex watch which each driver in the five class-winning cars were presented.  Additionally, he is the fourth driver in the race’s history to win the 12 Hours of Sebring four years in a row. 

The PC class win went to the #52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports entry driven by David Cheng (Samamish, Wash.), Mike Guasch  (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) and David Ostella (CAN), followed by the #8 BAR1 Motorsports car driven by Kyle Marcelli (CAN), Chris Cumming (CAN) and Stefan Johansson (Los Angeles, Calif.).  The #500 Performance Tech Motorsports car driven by Tristan Nunez (Boca Raton, Fla.), Charlie Shears (Houston, Texas) and David Heinemeier Hansson (Chicago, Ill.) took the third spot on the podium.

Oliver Gavin (Northhamptonshire, GBR), Tommy Milner (Leesburg, Va.) and Richard Westbrook (London, GBR), in the #4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, edged out the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia driven by Gianmaria Bruni (Rome, ITA), Olivier Beretta (Monte Carlo, MON) and Matteo Malucelli (Meldola, ITA) for the win in the GT class.  Taking third in class was  the #17 Team Falcon Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driven by Wolf Henzler (Nürtingen, GER), Bryan Sellers (Atlanta, Ga.) and Nick Tandy (Bedford, GBR),

“It certainly seemed like we were making it harder for us than we wanted to at times,” said Gavin.  “We had some issues with the car and got a lap and a bit down and then we got a penalty for something, I’m not entirely sure what, but that cost us 60 seconds.  The crew were absolutely fantastic today, but more so Tommy and Richard drove fantastically, especially Tommy at the end of the race, he was amazing.  He put so much pressure on the Ferrari that towards the end the Ferrari made a mistake and we took the lead.  It was an amazing 12 hours of us never giving up. I’m delighted for everybody at Corvette Racing.”

Tommy Milner acknowledged that the team was off to a great start to the season.  “I’m still a bit lost for words.  After my first stint we were about a minute behind the Ferrari and I wasn’t able to close the gap much but when we made our next two pit stops our Corvette crew did an absolutely incredible job.  I think the first one was about 20 seconds and the second one was 10 seconds.  After the first one it gave me so much confidence I just kept pushing, it was an unbelievable finish.”

Richard Westbrook said that it was clear from the beginning that they had a good car.  “When I had the problem with the dashboard it put us two laps down, but after a few yellow flag periods and great driving stints by these two guys we got back on the lead lap and of course thanks to those two great pit stops we managed to get in the lead.  At one point I was concerned because we weren’t getting the expected yellow flag periods and in fact I think we had, at one point, five hours of green flag running and it was then that I felt maybe this is just not going to be our day.  Then came the amazing pit stops and Tommy’s great driving at the end.  On the balance of things I believe we deserved this win, we did it the hard way.”

Eleven Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars ran in the GTC class with the win going to Alex Job Racing’s #22 car driven by Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Jeroen Bleekemolen (Monte Carlo, MON) and Dion von Moltke (Coral Gables, Fla.).  Nelson Canache Jr. (Caracas, VEN), Spencer Pumpelly (Atlanta, Ga.) and Brian Wong (Newport Beach, Calif.) were second in the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsorts entry, followed by Henrique Cisneros (Miami, Fla.), Marco Seefried (Wemding, GER) and Sean Edwards (MON) in NGT Motorsport’s #30

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Nick Heidfeld gets the drive at Renault .

Nick Heidfeld got his first taste of the R31 in Jerez and ended session at the top of the timesheets.

– The team evaluated a new floor upgrade. Pressure tapping and flow viz paint allowed the engineers to verify its aero characteristics.

– The team ran back-to-back tests on all four Pirelli tyre compounds for the first time. This confirmed the different degradation rates and variations in new tyre performance.

Nick: “I really enjoyed the day. It was fun driving the car, although it obviously takes time to get used to things when it’s your first time in a car and working with a new team. We had a good day, without too many problems, and luckily all the changes we made to the car went in the right direction and improved things, so I was able to push harder and harder. In terms of the lap times, it’s very difficult for me to compare with the other teams because we don’t know the fuel levels or what the others were doing. My first impressions of the car were positive, although there are always areas where you can improve.”

Eric Boullier: “Today we had the chance to give Nick time in the car and we carried out a big evaluation. Our first feelings are very positive: he worked well with the team, gave good feedback and improved the car during the day. We managed to cover 86 laps and the times are encouraging, which is also thanks to Robert and Vitaly’s early feedback and the hard work of everybody in the team.”

Alan Permane’s technical programme notes

– The day was based around getting Nick comfortable in the car and giving him as much mileage as possible. He adapted to the car and the systems quickly.

– We played around with the set-up early on and changed a few things during the day – this included the weight distribution and the toes and cambers for the Pirelli tyres.

– Unfortunately the afternoon was disrupted by several red flags, so we were not able to complete the long runs we had planned.

Did You Know?

The rules on adjustable rear wings allow the flap to rotate away from the main plane up to a maximum distance of 50mm.

DTM goes HD for the 2011 season

Wiesbaden – From the 2011 season, the TV coverage of the most popular international touring-car series will be broadcasted in the high-definition format HDTV 1080i50. This means that DTM is – with immediate effect – one of the sports providing their supporters with particularly sharp and brilliant TV pictures, due to the high definition technology.

DTM’s long-term TV partner WIGE Media AG will remain responsible for the production of the TV pictures. In the off-season, the company created the technical preconditions for the new HD feed: for the coverage of all the DTM events of the 2011 season – including the DTM Launch held on 10th April in Wiesbaden – the company will use an HD-OB truck. All the circuit and onboard cameras as well as the entire video and wireless technology have been upgraded to meet the new standard.

It goes without saying that DTM’s German TV partner ARD is going to also broadcast its Saturday and Sunday coverage in the new format. The international TV distribution also offers DTM in the HD format and provides all the stations involved with the high definition pictures. In the 2010 season, DTM was covered by 283 stations in 213 countries and achieved a total broadcasting duration of more than 5,881 hours.

F1weekly podcast # 485

F1weekly podcast number 485

Will nick be back in the saddle?

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.