Sebring test wrap

February 21, 2014

Sebring test wrap

February 21, 2014

2014 TUDOR United Sportscar Championship Rolex 24 Hours Daytona
There were two key lessons from this weekend TUDOR United SportsCar Championship test at Sebring International Raceway – the balance between Daytona Prototypes and LMP2 cars is very close and the Rolex 24 winning pace of the GTLM Porsches looks set to continue.

The top nine cars were covered by 1.5 seconds after two days of running including five Daytona Prototypes and four LMP2 machines.

If you take out a remarkable lap from Sebastien Bourdais in yesterday’s second session, the 2nd to 9th times on the sheet were only .7 of a second.

action_express_sebring“The car was not quite as good as yesterday,” said Bourdais.

“We’ve been going through our test program, and seeing how the car responds to changes. It was not perfect today. Traffic was challenging, and the wind was not predictable. It was gusty and quite strong at times, and I went off twice. It looks like our car is strong, but this race is going to be a big challenge.”

In GTLM the two factory Porsches were the only entries to record a lap under the two minute mark – the No.911 car stopped the clocks at 1:59.395 in this afternoon’s session just ahead of the No.912 machine.

“We had a clear set of objectives entering the test,” said Owen Hayes, Porsche Motorsport North America director of operations.

“While finding speed is always very nice, our main goal was to test the cars at one of, if not the, most physically demanding race courses in the world.

“To be able to work through our checklist of items to test without any major issues with either of the Porsche North America 911 RSRs was very encouraging.”

Neither SRT, Corvette, Ferrari or BMW were able to sneak into the two-minute mark.

Pace setters in other classes included 8 Star Motorsports in PC and the No.25 Park Place Motorsports Porsche in GTD.

Teams now have only 18 days before returning to Sebring for round two of the inaugural TUDOR championship – the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

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