Sebring: BAM! halfway notes

half-distance BAM! had a strong start to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, charging from the back of the grid to first in GT in the first hour of the 12-hour race. Despite a long pitstop to replace a broken windshield, the team's No. 43 YES...

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BAM! had a strong start to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, charging from the back of the grid to first in GT in the first hour of the 12-hour race. Despite a long pitstop to replace a broken windshield, the team's No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS was fifth in class at the halfway mark.

Mike Rockenfeller drove the first stint. He moved from 18th to 10th in GT on the second lap, following fellow Porsche driver Lucas Luhr, and took the class lead at 1h8. Peter Baron took over at 1h15, returning to the track third in class and taking the lead at 2h20. Leo Hindery drove at 2h32 and held fifth in class. Rockenfeller then drove a double stint from 3h2 to 5h15. Another Porsche hit the car during a caution period at 3h55, hampering Rockenfeller with a broken windshield. He was still able to regain the lead lap and move up to third in class. After a two-lap pitstop to replace the windshield, Leo Hindery took the wheel at 5h15, fifth in GT and two laps behind the class leader.

Mike Rockenfeller:

"The car is running very, very well so far. We changed the windscreen so it should be all right until the end of the race. I was with Lucas [Luhr] for the whole stint. I was a little faster, but I didn't want to fight at that point because we both wanted to go to the front. In the last five laps or so, I overtook him. It was great to catch up so much and it was a lot of fun!"

Peter Baron:

"Other than the one setback with the windshield, things are going quite well. We lost two laps fixing the windshield, but we're still only at the halfway point. If we just keep on a good pace without making mistakes, we'll be okay."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Lucas Luhr , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Mike Rockenfeller