At the half distance mark in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) 56th edition of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring the ...
At the half distance mark in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) 56th edition of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring the #5 VICI Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR has moved into the top three positions and continues to run reliably and maintain a progressive race pace.
Craig Stanton started the race at 10:00 AM this morning, six hours ago, before handing over to Nathan Swartzbaugh. Uwe Alzen completed the third stint and he brought the car in for fuel, tires and driver change at 1:21 PM (after 3 hours and 16 minutes of the race). Craig was back into the #5 car for a second time, and at the 4 hour mark he was in 5th place in GT2, the car now having completed 102 laps.
At 2:35 (4 hr 30 min) Craig, who has over a decade's experience driving Porsches, brought the car into the pits for driver change, fuel and tires. Nathan, the 2006 IMSA GT3 Cup Champion in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, took over driving duties and a consistent pace saw the young Californian holding 5th in class at the 5 hour mark, and with 127 laps now having been run.
At 4:00 PM the 12 hour endurance race reached the half distance mark, and with the GT2 class leaders tripping over each other, the order was shaking up. With the #5 VICI Racing Porsche running smoothly and consistently to its race plan, the team was been able to take advantage of the mistakes by the leaders to move up to third position. At 6 hours, and with 147 laps having been completed by the #5 car, Nathan is running in a very impressive third position.
With this being the first event of a brand new and ambitious tire development program being run by VICI Racing in conjunction with Kumho Tire in the ALMS, the race performance so far is well above the team's expectations, and it builds on the important and steady progress that has been made all week here.
Uwe Alzen says: "The race is going to plan; I can maintain a good speed out on the track, which is getting quite dirty now. The team is working well together, and very professionally, and the pit stops are excellent. I think we are in a good position to maintain a steady pace."
Roland Wall, Technical Director & Chief Engineer, says: "I have nothing really to report really over the last three hours. The car is going well, the 2008 specification RSR is a delight to work with, Porsche continue to keep moving the bar upwards, and with the strong technical input they always provide, I couldn't ask for better support. As we get to know the car better we can unlock more and more potential. The Kumho tires are working well, we're learning as we go along, and the drivers are all now used to the new RSR and able to run at a consistent pace."