PORSCHES MOVING UP IN SEBRING GT FIELD AT HALFWAY MARK AFTER ROUGH START Sebring, FL - March 21 - Halfway through the 57th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR race cars have work hard to do in order to...
PORSCHES MOVING UP IN SEBRING GT FIELD AT HALFWAY MARK AFTER ROUGH START
Sebring, FL - March 21 - Halfway through the 57th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR race cars have work hard to do in order to overcome early problems which set them back in the standings.
After six hours, the Porsches are running in fifth, sixth and 11th positions in GT2.
The No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche of Joerg Bergmeister/Patrick Long/Marc Lieb is in fifth place after being hit by the No. 40 Robertson Racing Ford as the No. 40 attempted to pass on lap two. The impact damaged the left rear suspension of the No. 45, sending Joerg back to the pits. The crew replaced the left rear toe link in the pits but the 12-minute unplanned pit stop sent Joerg to the back of the GT2 pack. Currently in sixth place is the No. 44 Flying Lizard Porsche of Darren Law/Johannes van Overbeek/Seth Neiman, which spun on track early in the race, narrowly avoiding contact with the tire wall, resulting in an unplanned pit stop for tires.
"After an unfortunate start, we have been running very well since the second half of the first hour," said Patrick Long, the only American Porsche factory driver.
"The Lizard team has never given up on us, and we hope to head for a podium finish," said Long.
The No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche of Dirk Werner/Wolf Henzler/Richard Lietz started on the GT2 pole and led the class for the first hour, but - in hour two - the car lost its differential, and was wheeled back to the garage area for more than one and a half hours worth or work. By the time the diagnosis and repair work was completed, the team had lost more than 45 laps to the leaders. The car is now running well in 11th place, and the team can score valuable points by making sure it can complete at least 60 percent of the number of laps of the leader - the International Motor Sports Association rule on such things.
The two VICI Racing Porsches did not start due to team administrative issues that could not be resolved before the race.